Bill Zacharkiw’s Wines of the Week: August 5, 2022

Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best wine choices available at SAQ and offers ideas for food pairings.

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Each week, Bill Zacharkiw identifies his best wine choices available at SAQ and offers ideas for food pairings.

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Under $ 17

Douro 2020, Flor de Crasto, Quinta Do Crasto, Portugal red, $ 15.25, SAQ # 10838579. This vintage has a little more power and torque than previous incarnations, and that’s okay. The aromas focus on dark fruits and flowers. The tannins have decent grip, but don’t dry out in the slightest. The surprise here is the finish, which shows extra length and a richer texture than I am used to with this wine. Great value. Grapes: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa, Touriga Nacional. Residual sugar: 2.4 g / l. Serve to: 16 C. Drink now. Ideas for food pairings: aperitif, stir-fry with oyster and ginger sauce.

$ 17- $ 22

Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence 2021, Château Revelette, France rosé, $ 21.80, SAQ # 13212002. Organic. One of my favorite rosé wines in the cellar. I made sure to stock this vintage, as my 20s didn’t last long until this summer. Simply put, this is one of the most elegant rosé wines on the market. The aromas are so nuanced and complex, with a mix of dried fruit, flowers and herbs. On the palate it is structured and full without losing freshness. The finish has a good grip and it is extraordinarily long for a rosé wine. While he makes money with a year in the bottle, this one is delicious right now. Perfect if you want a rosé to drink for a few days. Grapes: grenache, cinsault, ugni blanc, carignan. Residual sugar: 1.2 g / l. Serve to: 8-12 C. Drink now-2023. Ideas for food pairings: Nicoise salad, prawns and Provençal seafood.

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$ 22- $ 27

Table Wine, Fiasco, Monte Bernardi, Italy red, $ 24.75 (1 L), SAQ # 14989850. Organic. Note that the price is for one liter, so this comes along about $ 18.50 for 750ml. From one of the best Chianti producers comes a red faithful to the spirit of the Vino da Tavola. This is all you could want from a table wine. There’s lots of fresh fruit, just a hint of leather and a touch of herbs on the finish. The acidity keeps it super fresh, so it works great as an aperitif. You know those drinks that people talk about when they visit Italy and drink a fantastic local wine in a jug? This is one of them. Grapes: barbera, black malvasia, montepulciano, sangiovese. Residual sugar: 1.8 g / l. Serve to: 15 C. Drink now. Ideas for food pairings: aperitif, pizza, pasta with tomato sauce and meat sauce.

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$ 27 and up

Sancerre 2018, Cuvée Phillipa, Domaine Paul Cherrier, France white, $ 39.75, SAQ # 13448091. Very special sancerre. By spending some time in the barrel, which is rare for a Sancerre, a wider and more structured palate is obtained. But there is more than enough intensity and concentration in the juice not to taste the oak. As the middle palate expands and fills the mouth, the finish is where the salty mineral note takes control. This wine ends up on the tip of a pin. Lots of concentration. They are just acids and salt. This is why sauvignon blanc is considered such an exceptional grape. Variety: Sauvignon Blanc. Residual sugar: 1.6 g / l. Serve to: 8-12 C. Drink now-2026. Ideas for food pairings: aperitif, Rockefeller oysters, lighter fish served with a Greek salad complete with feta.