SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017

Spring has sprung. To some, this hard (and awesome) fact means stuff like getting outside, running off the treadmill and, uhh, enjoying some fresh air. But to us here at TORO, it means this: It’s time to drink some lighter wine. So, we’ve rounded up a list of new spring/summer releases for you. Cuz’ that’s how we duz’ … You’re welcome.

Anselmi San Vincenzo - $16.95

This summer, take a break from the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (yes, it’s great but there’s a big pond out there people) and sip on the dry but fruity bliss that is San Vincenzo. A blend of Soave and Chardonnay grapes, this sprightly bottle has wonderful hints of peach, pear and white pepper, without even a subtle note of oak (phew!).  

Jean-Marc Brocard Mont de Milieu Chablis  2010 -  $27.95

For the nights you want to thank your neighbours for letting you borrow their leaf blower or whatever, there’s always Chablis. Perhaps less refined aromatically, this rather masculine release is strong and simple on the finish with crisp hints of green fruit. Spring in a bottle. 

Quinta do Portal Frontaria 2009 – $12.45

Straight off the vines of Portugal, this smooth, smoky red is aged in French oak and is redolent of blackberries, vanilla and patio evenings of yore. Easy on the wallet and the palate, this wine could very well flow like water, so bring it out for barbecue night and stock up.

Terreliade Nira Nero d’Avola 2010 – $17.95

Perfectly suited to the sundrenched vineyards of Sicily, this earthy and rich red is a wonderful complement to that grilled tenderloin you’ve been dreaming about all winter long. Deep notes of raisin and plush sweetness envelope the tongue and linger like your friends will after their first glass. A solid price point, an intelligent wine.

0312819.jpgLucky Penny White 2011 - $16.95

A blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Grigio, this crisp, fruity Aussie amalgam is brilliant in flavour and still approachable. A lovely match for soft cheeses and patio apps, this is a skip-out-of-work-daytime-drinkable ... But we never told you that.

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