This entry-level white from the one of France’s best large producers overachieves. And the fresh 2008 vintage is very good. White Burgundy is almost always made with chardonnay, and chardonnay is nowhere more food-friendly than in a well-made Burgundy. Pair with anything, but this medium-bodied white is especially fit for poultry, richer fish dishes, and lighter-coloured red meats such as pork and veal.
Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha $19.95
Part of the premium label of the popular Concha Y Toro brand, this cab outclasses most in its price range. Ideal for steak, lamb or rare roast beef.
Tastes a lot like a decent Chianti, but without the price premium. Medium-bodied, fresh and unoaked, it’s super-versatile at the table. Tremendous value.
A new label from the Louis Martini winery in California, now owned by the Gallo family, delivers. Smooth like a merlot should be, and luscious with creamy mocha and succulent fruit flavours.
A blend containing mostly syrah, it hit a high note in 2007, the vintage widely available now on shelves. Plummy fruit and classic southern French notes of wild herbs. A good full-bodied red for stews, braised meats and any dish that could be described as “hearty.”
Herbaceous, and zesty and plump with citrus-tropical fruit, this fresh, light-bodied white is good for shellfish, lighter vegetable dishes such as poached asparagus, and even a variety of cheeses.
Nice for pork, duck or other poultry, and even grilled salmon.
This Argentine winner is very flavourful while also achieving an elegant balance. Light- to medium-bodied, it’s a very versatile white.
Great balance and complexity in this German-style, virtually dry white.
This Gewurztraminer from the grape’s spiritual homeland of Alsace is classic and very competent for the money.
This value list is courtesy of the Globe and Mail