Paul's Picks

Food And Wine Pairing


* - food and wine pairing fan favourites!



Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc, $12.95
paired with goat cheese and vegetable dip OR Creamy cucumber vegetable dip

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore, $22.95
paired with barbeque sauce drizzled on pizza OR vienna sausages

Root 1 Carmenère Colchagua, $12.95
paired with beef and chicken fajitas OR hickory chicken wings

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L'Écusson, $19.95

A crowd pleasing sparkling white


Tommasi Palanca, $16.55

Delicious deep red


The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier Blend, $13.95

Smoke and pepper for Halloween


Fast Food Fine Wine...

Château Pipeau, $39.95
Paired with jumbo smoked ballpark hotdog and hickory smoked chicken wings. 

Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne, $49.95
Paired with salty poutine and a Chubby Chicken Burger 

Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, $27.95
Paired with double cheese pizza and a meat lovers deluxe pizza


La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon, $14.95
Black cherry and currants with a hint of cedar


Lasagna Day Suggestions...
Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 13, $12.95

Citrus, zesty grapefruit, white peach and mineral
LAN Crianza Tempranillo, $16.95
Spicy red berry fruit


Burgers...
Alamos Torrontés 2016, $15.95
Salty grapefruit taste paired with a turkey burger infused with grapefruit.
Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.20

Fruity and spicey paired with a burger infused with salsa.


Yalumba Y Series Viognier, $13.95
Honeydew melon and gasoline


Domaines Perrin Réserve, Cotes de Rhone, Grenache Blend, $16.95
Juicy blend with ripe red berry fruit and spice. 


Trius Brut VQA, $29.95

It is made in Ontario, but uses the exact same process as French Champagne

Diabolica Red Wine VQA, $16.45
Sweet berry fruit flavours with vanilla and dark chocolate notes


Sandbanks Summer White VQA, $14.95
Rich flavours of stone fruit and citrus


Romeo Peach Bellini, $9.90

Light and bubbly fruit wine at an amazing price.


Muga Rosé 2016, $14.95

Try with seafood or salads.


Chivite Gran Feudo Rosé, $12.00
Strawberry and citrus


Fathers Day ideas...

Domaine du Ministre Saint-Chinian 2013, $18.95
Perfect for an herb-rubbed steak.

Wakefield Shiraz, $18.95

Perfect for lamb.


Pairings for Easter... they work with all foods and are not expensive...

Willm Réserve Riesling, $14.95

Slightly sweet for a riesling

Giesen Pinot Noir 2014, $21.95

Classic pinot noir for a great price


Earth Day - go organic and get some great wine...

Malivoire Ladybug Rosé, $15.95

Tastes of red cherry and strawberry.

Southbrook Connect Organic White VQA Vidal, $15.95

Peach, melon and apricot


Mothers Day ideas...

Pelee Island Lola Blush Sparkling VQA, $14.95
Light & Fruity, works perfect with milk chocolate

Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port, $17.25
Black cherry, cranberry, works perfect with dark chocolate


* Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo Valdepenas, $12.95

Best overall wine for 2016


Canada vs USA Riesling...

Kung Fu Girl Riesling, $18.95

Cave Spring Riesling VQA, $15.95


Canada vs USA Chardonnay...

Raymond Family Classic Chardonnay, $17.00

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay VQA, $14.95


Canada vs USA Red Blends...

Raven Conspiracy Deep Dark Red VQA, $15.95

Apothic Dark Red, $16.95


* Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz, $19.95

The best red of 2016.


Yalumba Y Series Viognier, $13.95

The best white of 2016.


Hahn Winery GSM - Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre, $18.95
The classic Rhone blend with a California twist makes this bottle taste like its worth $50.


* Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige, $25.95
The classic Mumm Champagne taste, but made in California for a way better price.


Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, $14.25
Creamy mouth feel with citrus fruit flavours and a crisp grapefruit finish

Makes an amazing Christmas Morning Mimosa.  Use ½ ounce mango juice, ½ ounce orange juice, 3 ounces of the Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava.


Bottega Vino dei Poeti Prosecco, $14.95
Peachy Prosecco that pairs perfectly with a cheese fondue.


Megalomaniac Homegrown Riesling, $14.95
Peach, apple and a hint of honey makes this wine a perfect pairing for anything.


Ace Hill Pilsner, $2.95 for 473 ml can

Crowd pleasing beer.




Office Party Pairings


Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc, $9.95
Easy drinking with a hint of citrus & gooseberry.

Lindemans Cawarra Shiraz Cabernet, $9.95
Rich blackberry fruit with a touch of vanilla and spice




Wine for Chilli


McManis Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.95
Ripe black fruit, cassis, vanilla and woodsmoke.


Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, $24.95

Big and bold with touches of roasted fruits, plum and blackberry.




Pasta Day Pairings


Pasqua Passimento Rosso, $14.10 paired with KD and weiners.
Smooth, beautiful fruit flavours of ripe cherries and spices.


Frescobaldi Chianti Nipozzano Riserva $21.95, paired with meatballs and a tomato sauce
Good acidity that pairs with tomato based dishes with a touch of spice, licorice and leather.


Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, $17.00, paired with tortellini a la bolognese
Flavours of dried fruit and even dark chocolate.



Pairings for Halloween Candies


Fonseca Bin No.27 Reserve Porto, $16.95 paired with Hersheys Chocolate with Almonds
Aromas of dried fruit, plum and spice box; sweet and full bodied with flavours of rich spicy berries and undertones of chocolate, figs and plum; long finish.


Tkz Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet, $14.25 paired with Crunchie Bar
Deep lemon yellow in colour with a subdued nose of white plum and golden raisin; the palate is medium-sweet and bodied with medium acidity and flavours of baked apple and raisin followed by an enduring preserved peach-like finish.


Warre's Otima 10 Year Old Port, $22.20 paired with Caramilk
Bright, medium tawny colour; flavours and aromas of figs, apricots and prune; sweet with soft acidity, medium-bodied with a warm finish




Thanksgiving - perfect pairings for turkey, gravy, tourtiere and the rest of your table


Strewn Two Vines Riesling Gewürztraminer, $12.95

Floral, citrus, lychee and spice aromas with a hint of petrol. Tropical fruit and citrus flavours with balanced acidity and good finish.


Wits End Luna Shiraz 2014, $17.00

Violet, black cherry, black pepper and black tea aromas.

A touch of smoky cedar and bacon compliment the fruit.


Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel, $22.95

Woodsmoke, dark fruit, blueberry pie and mulberry notes on the nose.

Well-balanced with plenty of berry fruit and smoke accents.




Bacon and Wine


Jacob's Creek Double Barrel Shiraz, $16.75 paired with Atomic Buffalo Turds

Blackberry and black cherry


Toasted Head Chardonnay, $18.95 paired with bacon and ice cream.

Apricot, tropical fruit, grilled pecan and smoky apple-cinnamon flavours. 



Wings and Wine


White Wines


Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay, $17.15 paired with wings in a curry sauce.
Spicy, toasty vanilla and tropical notes on the nose.  Full-bodied on the palate with forward apple citrus fruit and vanilla notes; well-balanced with a long finish.


Sandbanks Riesling, $14.95 paired with wings in a Irish red hot sauce.

Soft floral, pear and petrol aromas.  Peach and apricot flavours with citrus, clean finish


Susana Balbo Crios Torrontés, $13.95 paired with wings in a stout BBQ sauce.
Aromatic & Flavourful


Red Wines


Cline Zinfandel, $16.45 paired with wings in a Irish red hot sauce.
Intense ripe, raspberry and black fruit aromas with hints of earthy, spice and chocolate; dry with generous blackberry fruit flavours and a rich mouthfeel; spicy long finish.


Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre, $15.90 paired with wings in a curry sauce.
Forward aromas of crushed berries and spice; dry with low acidity, fine-grained tannins and medium/full body; flavours of raspberry, blackberry plum and spice, with a medium-length finish.


Casillero Del Diablo Reserva Devil's Collection Red, $14.95 paired with wings in a stout BBQ sauce.

Aromas of black ripe fruit, blueberries, vanilla, spice, and cocoa. The medium body is dry with clean fruit character reminiscent of blackberries.




Summer Sippers


Jackson-Triggs Pinot Grigio, $10.95

Subtle aromas of apple and soft lemon.


Beringer Founders Estate Sauvignon Blanc, $14.45

Tropical fruit and mandarine orange.


Jacob's Creek Moscato, $10.45

Citrus and honey aromas.  Slightly sweet with orange and citrus flavours



Wines that pair with Burgers


3 Rings Shiraz from South Australia, $18.95

Ripe plum and cherry fruit with star anise and peppercorn overtones that carry into the long, vivid finish.


Coppi Peucetico Primitivo, $14.95


Small Gully the Formula Shiraz, $19.95



Happy Fourth of July


Beringer California Collection Pilot Grigio, $11.10

Aromas and flavours of pear, melon and citrus fruit


Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel, $12.95

Blackberry, blueberry and cedar aromas; full bodied and dry, with blackberry and blackcherry flavours mingling with a touch of smoke.


Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $15.95

Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, floral and oak aromas and flavours with smoky, spicy notes.



Rosé


Henkel Sparkling Rose, $12.95
Slightly off dry, great effervescence aromas and taste of raspberries and sour cherries.


Kim Crawford Pansy Rose, $17.95
Lots of beautiful red berry fruit on the nose and palate. Excellent crisp finish.


Ladybug Rose, $14.95
Strawberry and Rhubarb pie on aromas and palate. Excellent dry balanced finish.


BONUS.... Henry of Pelham Riesling, $14.95
Slightly off dry, aromas and taste are peach, apricot, beeswax , citrus and honey. Nice long finish with well balanced acidity.




Pizza Night


Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Shiraz, $16.95 paired with a meat lovers pizza including pepperoni, bacon, sausage, steak and salami.
Blueberry jam, red fruit and vanilla on the taste and aromas. Full bodied long smooth finish.


Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012, $17.00 paired with a 'house special' mushroom, onion, pepperoni, tomatoes and green peppers pizza.
Dark chocolate, jammy, light toffee and spice on the taste and aromas. Med to full bodied.


Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (organic), $18.95 paired with a veggie pizza including broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, egg plant and garlic olives.
Lots of grapefruit, lemon and white flowers on aromas and taste. Excellent fresh crisp acidity.



Wines for Mom


Muga Rosé 2015, $13.95 pair with watermellon and feta cheese salad.

Light salmon colour.  Aroma and taste of strawberry, sour cherry and white pepper.  Great acidity.


Ironstone Obsession Symphony California, $14.95  pair with Chinese or curry based dish.

Beautiful aromatic white wine.  Aromas and taste of country wild flowers, peach, mango and lychee.  Slightly off dry.


Small Gully The Formula Robert's Shiraz, $19.95  pair with gourmet grilled hamburgers.

Aromas and taste of dark chocolate, pepper, vanilla, jammy red berry fruit.  Beautiful long smooth finish.




Fast Food Fine Wine


Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige Sparkling, $25.95 paired with poutine

Aroma and Taste - citrus, baked bread, apple and pear, beautiful acidity


Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel 2013, $22.95 paired with egg rolls

Aroma and Taste - strawberry and blueberry pie, vanilla ice cream and light smokey notes, well balanced


Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Amarone, $42.95 paired with meat lovers pizza

Aroma and Taste - fig, rum cake, chocolate




Spanish Wines


Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, $13.95

Nose - citrus and yeast

Palate - lemon, grapefruit, brioche bread (creamy)


Don Jacobo Reserva 2007, $21.95

Nose - vanilla, spice, dark berry fruit, cedar

Palate - same as nose with hints of chocolate and wet forest floor


Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, $19.95

Nose - casisse, red and black current, vanilla, blackberry fruit

Palate - same as nose with a bit of earthiness and liquorice



Wine and Comfort Food


Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Sparkling, $14.95 paired with Dave's KD mixed with hot dogs

nose - pear, citrus, lightley yeasty

palate - med bodied beautiful mousse

taste - same as nose plus lemon peel


Monte Zovo Sa' Solin Ripasso Valpolicella Corvina Blend, $17.95 paired with Paul's Sloppy Joes

nose and taste - chocolate, cherries, spice, tobacco, plum and dried fruit


Paso Creek Zinfandel 2013 Zinfandel, $19.95 paired with Katfish's Meatloaf

Taste and aroma - raspberry and strawberry jam, spice, peppers and lovely vanilla and toffee




Smart Buys (Wines for $15ish)


Santa Julia+ Chardonnay Chardonnay, $10.95

Nose - tropical fruit, pear and vanilla

Taste - same as nose with citrus and nice acidity


Vignamaggio Monna Lisa Chianti Classico Chianti, $15.75

Nose - hazelnut, sour cherry, blueberry and Asian spice

Taste - same with a lot more sour cherry


Alamos Torrontés 2015, $14.95

aroma and taste: peach, white flower and lychee


Heartland Stickleback Red Shiraz Blend 2013, $14.95

aroma and taste: blueberry, spice and smoky vanilla


Honoro Vera Garnacha Grenache 2013, $15.95

aroma and taste: spicy red and black fruit, pepper



CHRISTMAS DINNER - will go with your turkey and everything on the table


Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2013, $27.95 - cool climate, citrus, oak, persistent finish 


Small Gully The Formula Robert's Shiraz 2013, $19.95 - big jammy warm nose, medium to full bodied, red berries on the pallet


Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013, $42.95 - big dried raisin on the nose, full bodied, port like qualities, long finish




CHEESE FONDUE - Emmental, Gruyere, Canadian cheddar


Willm Réserve Riesling 2013, $15.95 - dry, crisp, citrus and minerals on the nose and palate.  Clean finish.


Lirica Primitivo di Manduria 2012, $19.95 - Medium to full bodied, raspberry and strawberry jam, red current and Asian spice on the nose and palate.


​Check the Spirits and More section for chocolate fondue pairings.




NEW IN THE STORE (November 5, 2015)


Rioja Vega Reserva 2008, Tempranillo Blend $21.95 - 


Palacios Remondo La Montesa Crianza 2012 Grenache Blend $21.95

 


FAST FOOD, FINE WINE...


Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige Sparkling, $25.95 - apple, buttered toast, citrus with a touch of hazelnut paired with KFC.  Became more nutty and really sparkled on the tongue.


Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2013, $19.95 - seductive, peppery, meaty paired with a Big Mac.  Became much more rich and fruity.


Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.95 - Full-bodied & Smooth paired with ribs that have a really sweet sauce (no hickory!!).  Brought out a lot more fruit and chocolate on the palate and the finish.


Warre's Quinta Da Cavadinha Vintage Port 1998, $28.95 - Sweet paired with a Subway Steak and Cheese sub.  Turned the port into chocolate ice cream.



ROSE...


Beaurevoir Tavel Rosé 2014, $19.95 - very food friendly and demonstrates a lot of terroire noir.  (Let it air for 30 minutes and a pepper taste will appear.)


Famille Perrin Réserve Rosé 2014, $15.95 - from Cotes Du Rhone in France with an earthy strawberry-rhubarb pie.  Pair with salmon and a dijon mustard sauce.


Saint-Tropink, Cotes de Provence, $12.70 - light style, yeast on nose, very authentic Provence experience.  Perfect Rose for charcuterie.


Henry Of Pelham Rosé VQA, $12.95 - lots of red fruit with a hint of cherry pie.


*Malivoire Ladybug Rosé, $15.95 - sweet red fruits like raspberry but still has a dry finish.  Great choice AND made in Ontario.


Chateau Timberlay Merlot Cab Bordeaux Clairet, $15.95 - Ripe plumb and the taste of a Twizzler that has fallen in a flower garden.




BRUNCH CHOICES....


Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling, $14.95 mixed with orange juice and mango juice to make a mimosa.  Make sure it is only 1/3 total juice.


Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Gold Label Chardonnay 2013, $19.95... pair this one with eggs benedict.


*Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.95... on grilled egg loaf bread (open faced) use Canadian cheddar, bacon and chorizo sauage 



BBQ CHOICES....


Chivite Gran Feudo Rose, $11.95... great for BBQ's with hamburgers, hot dogs and everything else that needs a simple crowd pleaser


Perrin Réserve, $15.95... perfect for lamb on the grill




Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore, $17.00
Deep ruby; notes of black cherry, raisin and fig on the nose; on the palate it is dry and medium bodied with moderate acidity and tannin; flavours of dried fruit, dark chocolate and a hint of leather that lingers to the finish.