Invoice Zacharkiw’s Wines of the Week: Feb. 12, 2021


Each week, Invoice Zacharkiw identifies his prime wine picks out there on the SAQ and affords concepts for meals pairings.

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Each week, Invoice Zacharkiw identifies his prime wine picks out there on the SAQ and affords concepts for meals pairings.

Underneath $16

Vin de Pays d’Oc 2019, Pinot Noir, Solas, Laurent Miquel, France pink, $15.95, SAQ # 13584383. Was a bit greatly surprised by the value, as I pegged this nearer to $20. There’s a discount available with this little pinot noir from southern France. Stuffed with ripe pink fruit and ending on some unique spice notes, with nutmeg being dominant. Nice freshness — gentle and simple. Preserve it on the cool facet. Grape selection: pinot noir. Residual sugar: 1.6 g/L. Serve at: 14-16 C. Drink now. Meals pairing concepts: apéritif, charcuterie plates.

$16-$20

Sicilia IGT 2018, Neré, Feudo Maccari, Italy pink, $18.35, SAQ # 11791995. Actually easy-drinking nero. When chilled sufficient, round 14 C, it drinks like a Beaujolais, with muted tannins and a joyous onslaught of black cherry and plum. Let it heat, and the tannins — whereas mushy and cuddly — present themselves and provides the wine respectable size, in addition to revealing the traditional black peppercorn on the end. Good, stable pink from Sicily. Grape selection: nero d’avola. Residual sugar: 2.Eight g/L. Serve at: 16 C. Drink now. Meals pairing concept: grilled sausages.

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$20-$25

Grüner Veltliner 2019, Obere Steigen, Huber, Austria white, $22.50, SAQ # 13675832. I actually like this. That is the right instance of mid-price grüner — you get the acidity and freshness of the entry-level stuff, however sufficient of the richer texture and camomile- and white pepper-infused mid-palate of the extra intense and costly variations. In some ways, it’s my favorite styling of this nice grape. Actually attention-grabbing and enjoyable to drink, at a wonderful value. Grape selection: grüner veltliner. Residual sugar: three.three g/L. Serve at: Eight-10 C. Drink now-2023. Meals pairing concepts: apéritif, lighter seafood like shrimp or mid-weight fish with tabbouleh.

$25 and up

Crozes-Hermitage 2019, Cuvée Laurent Combier, Domaine Combier, France pink, $32.25, SAQ # 11895065. This has jam! Like most Crozes, it has a thicker texture than wine from different northern Rhône appellations, however you could have a lot occurring by way of flavour. Primarily black fruit, however when you spend the time you’ll discover every little thing from violets to black olives, freshly floor black pepper to sweeter dried herbs. Tannins are finessed — they don’t dry, however they tighten the belt properly on the end. Admire its youthful vigour now, or let it sit for a couple of years to essentially clean out. Grape selection: syrah. Residual sugar: 2.9 g/L. Serve at: 18 C. Drink now-2024. Meals pairing concepts: lamb tajine, pepper steak.