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White Wine #1: 

Name of Winery: La Raia

Region, Country of Origin: Gavi, Italy

Song:Bella by Jovanotti 

Why we love this wine

Nebbiolo-based red wines, like Barolo and Barbaresco, are just some of the wines from Piemonte. You can find excellent white wines here! The town of Gavi, situated in the southern part of Piedmont, is the centre of the white production zone, while Cortese is the indigenous white grape variety from which it is made. The grapes for this delicious white are grown biodynamically without any herbicides or pesticides on the Ravi estate, which is set in the heart of Gavi’s rolling hills. The wine offers a beautiful mineral aroma and notes of stone fruit and white flowers. The wine is lively and balanced on the palate, with fresh and persistent acidity, leaving you wanting more! A slight almondy finish which is typical for Gavi.

About the Winery

La Raia is a Demeter certified biodynamic farm. The estate extends over 180ha, including 42ha of vineyards and 80ha of fields; the remaining are pastures, chestnuts, elderflowers and acacia woodlands inhabited by wild animals. Inspired by the biodynamic principles, the Rossi Cairo family bought La Raia in 2003 to recover and enhance the original ecosystem through a broad intervention project.

Food Pairings

The bright flavour profile makes this a great choice to enjoy as an aperitif or alongside seafood (oysters, shrimp cocktails and sashimi) or tomato-based pasta dishes.

Somm Hint

Serve it nice and cold.

White Wine #2: 

Name of Winery: Chateau Guilhem

Name of Wine: POT DE VIN BLANC 

Region, Country of Origin: Languedoc, France

Song:Howlin’ at the Moon by Buddaheads 

Why we love this wine 

In 2015, chateau owner Bertrand Gourdou came across a label that his grandfather had made in the early 1970s; that wine was called "Le pot-de-vin" which, in French, translates to "the bribe," which for that era was an audacious play on words for a wine label! This label inspired Bertrand to make a simple, natural wine: biodynamically grown fruit, fermented with native yeast and a negligible dose of SO2, made in concrete tanks built by his grandfather. This Blanc is 100% Chardonnay with aromas of white flowers, a light tropical fruit, and a crisp-creamy finish. It is, simply put, the quintessential French bistro white.

About the winery

Situated in Malepère, the most westerly region of the Languedoc, Château Guilhem was built in 1791. Bertrand Gourdou is the fifth generation of his family to run the estate. The thirty-five hectares of vineyards are planted mainly to Bordeaux varieties— Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc— with some Chardonnay. The grapes are grown organically, with some biodynamic parcels as well, out of respect for the vines and the people.

Food Pairings

Bistro food is an ideal match with this wine. Try it with one of the following; escargot, white fish (sole), or your favourite veggies with lots of herb and butter sauce.

Somm Hint 

Let the wine gradually warm up in the glass to bring out the aromatics of this wine.

White Wine #3: 

Name of Winery: Catherine And Michel Langlois

Region, Country of Origin:  Coteaux Du Giennois, France

SONG: Suite for Piano in A Major, B. 184 (Op. 98) - Antonin Dvorak

Why we love this wine

Fine a Sancerre-styled French Sauvignon blanc! It's from the Coteaux du Giennois, a patch of chalky limestone just north of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre. And all that limestone is evident in this wine, a brilliant mouthful of zesty lime, green peach, fresh cut grass and salty, stony, chalky, gun-flinty bite. If you've longed for a classic’ textbook-style French Sauvignon Blanc, this is the one. 

About the Winery  

Catherine and Michel Langlois acquired the estate in 1996. They started by owning 0.2 ha of vineyards to reach 17 ha today, mainly located in the Pouilly-Fumé and Coteaux du Giennois appellations. They have been in organic conversion since 2019. 

Food Pairings 

"If they grow together, they go together" - Loire Valley goat's cheese, like Valençay or Crottin de Chavignol, tastes terrific with this wine from the same region.

Somm Hint 

Serve well chilled to preserve the freshness.


White Wine #4: 

Name of Winery:Morandin

Region, Country of Origin: Prince Edward County, Ontario 

SONG:Cell Block Tango - Chicago The Musical, (New Broadway Cast Recording [1997], or Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Why we love this wine

Pinot Grigio  (a.k.a. Pinot Gris) primarily makes white wine with zero skin contact during winemaking. However, a few hours of skin-contact wines are typical when it’s called Pinot Gris, which produce a light pink or sometimes copper-hued wine. This Pinot Gris is the perfect gateway to local Pinot Gris. It has a beautiful pale pink colour, textured with a lovely freshness, notes of grapefruit and some baking spice and herbal hints. There are citrus and slight tropical notes on the finish. 

About the Winery 

A former media manager at Leo Burnett Toronto, Christian Morandin and his wife came to the County for a family reunion and were inspired to relocate. Originally the grapes from his vineyard on the Loyalist Parkway in Wellington were sold to local wineries. However, in 2016 Christian made a small batch of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under Morandin Estate Winery. The plan was always to take the next step. Jonas Newman from Hinterland has joined their team as the winemaker!

Food Pairings 

Its tropical fruit notes are the perfect foil for bitter leafy greens and vinaigrette dressing

Somm Hint

Nothing fancy needed… just chill and enjoy!

White Wine #5: 

Name of Winery: Jasci 

Region, Country of Origin: Pecorino d'Abruzzo, Italy

SONG:Yellow by Coldplay

Why we love this wine 

This vegan-certified wine made from Pecorino grapes is elegant and delicate and shows aromas of grapefruit, apricots and nectarines. On the palate is pleasant, fresh and light-bodied. This Pecorino wine has a particular saltiness and an aftertaste of bitter almonds.

About the Winery

Located on the hills that rise 250 meters above sea level from the Adriatic Sea just above the seaside resort town of Vasto in Abruzzo, the Jasci family has been growing grapes for generations. Starting In the early 1960s, Pasquale and Maria turned the focus of their farm to producing estate wines. In 1980, their son Giuseppe decided to convert the farm to organic, becoming one of the first ten wineries in Italy to be certified. 

Food Pairings 

Wines made from Pecorino pair exceptionally well with Pecorino cheeses drizzled with a bit of honey and vegetables, fish and white meats.

Somm Hint 

Pecorino means both-wine and cheese. Pecorino cheese is a sheep’s milk cheese made in central Italy; Pecorino is also a grape grown in Marche and Abruzzo, along the east coastline.

 

White Wine #6: 

Name of Winery: La Vinyeta

Region, Country of Origin: Emporda, Spain

SONG:  Ibizan Girl by Love Music Zone

Why we love this wine 

This wine is a white blend made from old vines of Macabeo (60%), Grenache Blanc (30%), and Malvasia (10%). The vineyards are organically farmed without irrigation. The wine has an intensely fruity aroma of pineapple and stone fruit, with a final persistence of citrus. The palate is fresh, with vibrant acidity and a salty hint of the calcareous soils.

About the winery

La Vinyeta is a collection of small vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Empordá, in an area called Mollet de Peralada. Nestled in the heart of Empordà, La Vinyeta is a collection of small vineyards and olive growers driven by a young spirit of hard work and big dreams. The project’s origins can be found in two old Carignan and Grenache vineyards which Josep and Marta bought from a senior winemaker in the town. They started producing their first bottles of wine in 2006. Today, La Vinyeta is one of the most highly regarded projects in the area, not just for the quality and diversity of the wines but also for their dynamism, humility, and commitment.

Food Pairings 

The perfect pairing with green flavours, green olives, asparagus (roasted or in risotto).

Somm Hint 

This is 750ml of pure joy! Serve straight from the fridge.

 

Red Wine #1: 

Name of Winery: Finca Aylés

Name of Wine: Unexpected

Region, Country of Origin:Aragón, Spain

SONG:Smoke Jazz - Chili Step DJ Karma

Why we love this wine: 

Expect the unexpected with this delicious Garnacha from Aragón! It exhibits a dense ruby/purple-tinged colour as well as delicious, crunchy black cherry and raspberry fruit with notions of cocoa & vanilla, thanks to a slight stay in oak barrels. It's medium to full-bodied, pure, fruity, and savoury with a touch of spice, all the elements you want in an excellent red wine.

About the winery: 

Pago Aylés was founded by Federico Ramón, who, in 2003, began his dream of classifying this unique land as the first Vino de Pago in the Aragon region. Just before Federico died, his dream came true in 2010, as Aylés became the 10th Vino de Pago in Spain. Today his three children continue to produce wines from this unique land. The vineyard site has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 12th century, by Spanish monks.

Food Pairings: 

It's the perfect wine to pair with old fashion stewed beef with carrots and potatoes.

Somm Hint:

The Pago is a top-tier or grand cru winery in the Spanish wine quality pyramid. 

Red Wine #2: 

Name of Winery:Argiano 

Name of Wine:"Non Confunditur" 

Region, Country of Origin:Toscano, Italy

SONG:Kiss by Prince

Why we love this wine: 

Non-Confunditur is the Argiano motto found on the family crest. It translates to unique, or as winemaker, Bernardino Sani translates it from the Latin, “not to be confused.” It is a Super Tuscan mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese, with the innate gentleness of Merlot creating a bridge between the evident earthiness of Sangiovese, the aromatic blackcurrant flavour of Cabernet. The result is a generous, rounded red wine with delicious aromas of currants and plummy flavours, medium body on the palate with earthy, savoury notes.

About the winery: 

Argiano was established in 1580 and is one of the first estates in Montalcino's region. The ancient estate notably co-sponsored the original Brunello Consorzio and helped found the Brunello DOC. Since 2019 Argiano has been the first company in Montalcino to become plastic-free. All single-use plastics have been eliminated. A cyclical model inspired the idea, an approach based on waste differentiation which follows the Rule of Return, or rather the re-use of the company’s discarded products (such as stems and vine shoots), and maintains the 4 Rs for the environment: Reduce, Recuperate, Recycle and Reuse.

Food Pairings: 

Grilled meats or spaghetti Bolognese and eggplant parmesan are great matches.

Somm Hint: 

“Super Tuscan” is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that may include non-indigenous grapes, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. 

 

Red Wine #3: 

Name of Winery:Domaine des Coutures

Name of Wine: L'Épanouie 

Region, Country of Origin: Saumur Champigny, France

SONG:Sandstorm by Darude

Why we love this wine: 

Saumur-Champigny is a red wine appellation in France's central Loire Valley region. Here, only red wine production is authorized—a Cabernet Franc-driven wine with smaller additions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot d’Aunis permitted. This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc with refining expression of the varietal. Aromatic with notes of violets and red cherry. The palate is generous with silky tannins, good intensity, beautiful long finish with hints of herb.

About the winery: 

The Nicolas family has been producing wine in Saumur-Champigny for six generations. Now led by sixth-generation winemaker Vincent Nicolas, the Domaine consists of 15 hectares of vineyards around Turquant, a winemaking village known for its troglodytes. The Romans named this land “champigny” or "field of fire" because of this fantastic microclimate. Today this vineyard has been chosen to represent the Loire valley under the World Heritage listing by UNESCO. 

Food Pairings: 

A good match for a wide range of meats (red meat, roasted chicken and game) and cheese (goat cheese cheddar)

Somm Hint: 

Serve slightly chilled, and pour into burgundy-style glasses that beautifully showcase this wine's aromas.

 

Red Wine #4: 

Name of Winery: Matchbook 

Region, Country of Origin: Dunnigan Hills, California

SONG:California Dreamin’ - Diana Krall

 

Why we love this wine: 

Just east of California's Napa County is Yolo County. Within Yolo County is Sacramento Valley, and within Sacramento Valley is the Dunnigan Hills AVA for winegrowing. The Dunnigan Hills region isn't as famous as its neighbour Napa, but it's been an official AVA since 1993. As the region's pioneer, Matchbook celebrates the varietals that thrive in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate. This classic Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied with flavours of bramble blackberry, currant, and dusty chocolate, with oak flavours as a supporting element.

About the winery: 

John Giguiere grew up in the 1950s as the son of a wheat farmer and had an obsession with fire, setting numerous things aflame, including his father's wheat fields. He also started some accidental fires setting off fireworks with his brother Karl. So you can see how Matchbook Wine Company got its name. In 2005, after his massive success with Chardonnay in a long-neck bottle that featured a bear breathing fire on its label, Toasted Head, John released his first vintage of Matchbook that included a Tempranillo, a Syrah and a Block House red blend.

Food Pairings: 

Very versatile. It pairs nicely with a classic hamburger to Sunday roast.

Somm Hint: 

Use a big large wine (Bordeaux) glass, or it can be decanted.


Red Wine #5: 

Name of Winery:Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas

Name of Wine: Paisajes Andreza

Region, Country of Origin: Douro, Portugal

SONG: Feeling Good by Jennifer Hudson

Why we love this wine: 

A classic blend of Douro / Port grape varietals Touriga Nacional,Touriga Franca,Tinta Roriz. The wine is very concentrated and complex. Expressive aroma with dark plum, cassis, violet and vanilla notes. Seductive mouthfeel with velvety tannins, scoring points with full-body, structure and elegance. Long finish with lingering notes of ripe fruit.

About the winery: 

Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas is a result of the passion for displaying the individuality and character that the creators of this project have had with the Douro region for more than two decades. The main objective of Lua Cheia is to make wines that show the essence of each region, using the lessons learned from the "Old World" winemaking; to discover and allow the terroir to express itself.

Food Pairings: 

Roast Lamb, Sirloin Steak, Strong Cheeses

Somm Hint:

For optimal enjoyment, serve in larger Bordeaux wine glasses.

 

Red Wine #6: 

Name of Winery: Jean Loron

Name of Wine: Rift 69

Region, Country of Origin: Beaujolais, France

SONG:Simple Life by Elton John

Why we love this wine: 

One of the waves of Beaujolais wines bottled without added sulphur, this wine is all about black fruits and good acidity. It has a light structure, ripe berry flavours, and a juicy aftertaste embellished with spicy and mineral notes. Its technical director, Jean-Pierre Rodet, first made wine under the guidance of Jules Chauvet, recognized as the “father” of the natural wine movements.

About the winery: 

Jean Loron was born in Chénas in 1711. He developed his business as a wine grower by vinifying specific Beaujolais and Bourgogne climates. Nowadays, the business is managed by the eighth generation of the family. The quality and reliability of their wines are internationally renowned, and their strong image of durability and longevity contributes to their excellent reputation. Maison Jean Loron is the only wine merchant to specialize (80%) in Beaujolais and Bourgogne wines, exporting them worldwide.

Food Pairings: 

This can easily be enjoyed on its own or with various food pairings, from pizza & pasta to grilled steaks.

Somm Hint: 

Pull the cork and enjoy!