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CTV Ottawa Morning Live

May 16th, 2016. 8:20AM

Theme: Matt’s Long Weekend Wine Picks & Pro Tips

Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves and the talented Lianne Laing showcased some terrific BBQ friendly wines to enjoy this long weekend, and throughout the summer.  Check out the video here: Matt’s long weekend wine picks as seen on CTV Morning Live



May 2-4 long weekend is a great time to get together with friends, fire up the BBQ and enjoy some refreshing wines.  

Although beer is a great choice when the temperature is sky rocketing, wines offer terrific food pairing options and knowing the right wine to pair with the right food is the key to ensuring perfect pairings, all summer long!

On that note, here are my top 3 pro tips for making terrific wine and food pairings.

Pro Tip #1: PAIR COLOUR WITH COLOUR (white with white, red with red…)

Pro Tip #2: CHILL IT! (chill white, rosé, and red wines in the summer)

Pro Tip #3: MATCH WINE with SAUCE (not just the protein)

 

Pro Tip #1: PAIR COLOUR WITH COLOUR

If you can remember this one simple rule of thumb you’ll be well on your way to creating perfect pairings all summer long.

Match the colour of the food with the colour of the wine. Examples include: pale gold colour white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc) with white fish, or fresh summer salads with asparagus and goat cheese; golden white wines (like Chardonnay or Semillon) with roasted chicken or corn on the cob; rosé wines and Pinot Noir with seared tuna steak, salmon, charcuterie, or pork tenderloin; red wines with red meat (pair pork with lighter reds (like Pinot Noir or Gamay) and beef with more robust reds such as Malbec, Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti (Sangiovese), Rioja (Tempranillo), or Zinfandel).

Pro Tip #2: CHILL IT!

When enjoying wine outside in the heat of the summer, chill it first.

That’s right, chill not only your white and rosé wines, but throw your red wines in the fridge or place them on ice before service to ensure they’re kept cooler than ambient temperature. Pinot Noir should be served around 10C-12C and big red wines should be served around 15C. If those wines get warm, they won’t be as refreshing as they otherwise would have been had they been properly chilled prior to service.

Chilled Pinot Noir and Gamay ,in the summer, are terrific wines to enjoy with grilled fish, burgers, or pork tenderloin. By keeping them slightly chilled the wines are going to be super refreshing and ideally suited with BBQ fare.

 

Pro Tip #3: MATCH WINE with SAUCE

Instead of pairing your wines just based on whether it’s fish, chicken, or beef, think of what sauce you may be placing on it and try to match the characteristics of the sauce with that of the wine (eg: sweet and spicy BBQ sauce on beef or chicken commands a wine with characteristics that are equally intense and that will stand-up to the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce), whereas lemon on fish or chicken pairs best with crisp white wines such as unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Gris.

Be mindful of the sauces you’re adding to your meat. Simply using salt and pepper is a great way to season fish and beef. Typically that will make the most options for wine pairing, whereas adding high sugar sauces such as BBQ sauce will make any dry red or white wines taste sour, so think ahead when planning your wine and food selections.

I’m a big fan of tangy BBQ sauces so I tend to reach for full bodied, slightly sweet white and expressive red wines which work out terrific. Examples include: slightly off-dry Riesling and Chenin-Blanc, or Zinfandel and Primitivo (same grape!) for the reds. These wines complement sweet and tangy foods perfectly! If reaching for a beer, Porter, or Russian Imperial Stouts offer great pairing for rich and tangy BBQ fare.

Pro Tip #4: SWEET WITH HEAT

Pair spicy foods with wines that a bit of residual sugar (eg: Riesling, Alsatian Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Moscato D’Asti). Residual sugar helps cool down spice and creates balance between the food and the wine. Benjamin Bridge’s Nova 7 is a great local choice for an off-dry, low alcohol refreshing white wine that’s perfectly suited for enjoying with spicy foods.   Other complementary wines include off-dry Riesling/ Gewurztraminer, or California Zinfandel, the red kind, not the ‘white’ Zinfandel…

Pro tip 4.1: avoid pairing spicy food with highly alcoholic or tannic wine (example: Italian Barolo). The heat of the food will actually intensify the alcohol and the tannins in the wine, which in turn will make the dish seem even spicier.

And never pair sweet food with a dry wine. Match the sweetness in your wine with that in your food to ensure one doesn’t taste bitter. I recommend that your wine be slightly sweeter than your food, otherwise your wine will taste bitter, and that’s no fun! An example is tangy BBQ sauce based pork tenderloin paired with a sweet and tangy California Zinfandel. The bold flavours in both the wine and the BBQ sauce covered pork will complement each other very well.

Pro Tip # 5: SMOKE WITH OAK

Pair BBQ fare with wines that have been aged in oak (eg: oaked Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Semillon, Zinfandel (same as Primitivo), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon). Because oaked wines are often more intense, they can overwhelm the flavors in a dish, so they need to be paired with foods that match that intensity. BBQ grilled foods tend to balance that vanilla rich oaked intensity and allow the fruit flavors of the wine to shine.

 

Here are a few terrific wines to enjoy this long weekend, and throughout the summer, that are sure to complement your BBQ fare:

First up, lighter wines that complement BBQ’d seafood, grilled chicken and vegetables:

  1. Creekside Estate Backyard Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Ontario – $24.95
  2. Mallee Rock Pinot Grigio – Australia – $13.95
  3. Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand – $14.95 (until May 22)
  4. Bolla Soave Classico 2014 – Italy – $12.90
  5. Foreign Affair Winery Enchanted 2014 – Ontario – $17.95

Next up, Rosé and Pinot Noir for enjoying with charcuterie, grilled/cedar plank salmon, burgers, pork tenderloin.

  1. Kim Crawford Pansy! Rosé – New Zealand – $17.95
  2. Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir Blanc 2015 – British Columbia – $21 winery direct
  3. Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir 2013 – British Columbia – $23 winery direct

Off dry whites and big reds with tangy BBQ fare, ribs, pulled pork, etc

  1. Jackson Triggs Riesling-Gewurztraminer – Ontario – $13.95
  2. Ravenswood Old Vine Vintners Blend Zinfandel – California – $17.95
  3. Four in Hand Shiraz 2013 – Australia – $19.95
  4. Mallee Rock Shiraz – Australia – $14.95
  5. Mike Weir Cabernet/Merlot – Ontario – $14.95 (until May 22)

 

First up, lighter wines that complement BBQ’d seafood, grilled chicken and vegetables:

Creekside Estate Backyard Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Ontario – $24.95

Creekside’s Backyard Bubbly is a fizzy twist on their popular Backyard Sauvignon Blanc. Rich golden colour with crisp apple, guava, kiwi, fresh grassy notes, and a load of flinty minerality! Crisp and lively, the fine bubbles produce a palate cleansing frothy mousse that makes this a stellar complement to grilled fish, oysters, and asparagus with Parmesan cheese. A must this summer! Tasted May 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Oysters with Creekside Estate Winery’s Backyard Bubbly is a great way to kick off a patio party!

 

 

Mallee Rock Pinot Grigio – Australia – $13.95

Mallee Rock Pinot Grigio is a blend of 86% Pinot Grigio and the balance Sauvignon Blanc from a small parcel in the Marry-Darling Valley of South East Australia. Ripe, crisp, and refreshing, with sweet orchard fruit, honeysuckle, minerality, and fresh herbal notes making it terrific with grilled seafood, summer salads, or just enjoying on a patio in the summer sun. Tasted May 2016. 88 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Buy Mallee Rock Pinot Grigio at LCBO

 

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Seared Tuna on a bed of citrus rich summer salad – a great complement to crisp and refreshing white wines.

 

 

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand – $14.95 (on sale until May 22)

Sweet stone fruit, passion fruit, lemon-lime, and fresh cut grass on the nose. Palate is super refreshing with great acidity, tangy exotic fruit, and fresh herbal layers, that make this ideal with rich and spicy dishes. Enjoy with Green Curry with coconut, shrimp, and Thai basil! Fantastic value! Tasted August 2015. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Bolla Soave Classico Retro 2014 – Italy – $12.90

Italian winery, Bolla, has been producing fine Italian wines for over 120 years. Their Soave Classico, (Soave meaning “soft” in Italian), is a silky smooth and well balanced wine that’s lovely when enjoyed with seared scallops, grilled fish, and summer salads. The 2014 Soave Classico shows ripe pear, citrus, and almonds, with a creamy and refreshing nutty finish. Soave is made from 100% Garganega grapes that are very popular in northern Italy but may not get noticed elsewhere when wine lovers are reaching for a refreshing white wine to refresh them in the heat. Next time you’re looking for a tasty and refreshing white, try a Soave Classico. A perfect wine for the summer sun! Tasted April 2016. 88 points. Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca

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Foreign Affair Winery Enchanted 2014 – Ontario – $17.95

A unique blend of Riesling and Chardonnay, two grapes that Ontario’s renowned cool climate excels in. The Foreign Affair Winery, as the pioneer in Canadian appassimento winemaking, have added even more complexity to this wine by re-passing the juice over partially-dried Chardonnay skins, just as is done with ‘baby Amarone’ (Ripasso) wines in Verona Italy after making the iconic Amarone wines. The nose shows wildflower honey, crisp yellow apple, and white pepper. Delicious orchard fruit on the palate; this dry and lively textured wine would be ideal with grilled seafood, tangy BBQ’d chicken, fish tacos, or just chilled on a patio. Terrific value, this will be a very popular white wine for patio season 2016. 89 points. Tasted April 2016. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Buy Foreign Affair Enchanted at LCBO

 

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Grilled Fish Tacos pair wonderfully with crisp white wines

 

 

 

Next up, Rosé and Pinot Noir for enjoying with charcuterie, grilled/cedar plank salmon, burgers, pork tenderloin.

 

  

Kim Crawford Pansy! Rosé – New Zealand – $17.95

Don’t let the brilliant strawberry hue of this rosé fool you: this wine is bone dry and bursting with refreshment. Aromas of tiny flavour-packed field berries and a lick of orange zest on the finish. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or pair it with seafood, shellfish, salads and more rosé, of course. Highly recommended. Natalie Maclean

Hawkes Bay is one of New Zealand’s oldest wine regions, and one of the few that produces more red wine than white. Bordeaux varietals do exceptionally well here. Crafted from Merlot and Malbec, the Kim Crawford Pansy! Rosé will be a ripe, bright, juicy wine filled with suggestions of strawberry and watermelon. A fun, enjoyable wine with the backbone to accompany everything from summer salads to salmon to burgers.

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Using the natural beauty of fluorite stones, these limited-edition set of 6 wine gems keep a glass of the Kim Crawford (or any wine!) chilled for up to an hour, without diluting the wine’s vibrant flavors. Just put our gems in the freezer, then drop into your favorite glass of Kim Crawford wine. Best use: keeping you and your wine cool on a hot summer’s evening!

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Wine Gems – chill your wine without diluting the taste and refreshing characteristics of your fine wine.  Makes a great gift for any wine lover!

 

Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir Blanc 2015 – British Columbia – $21 winery direct

Summer in a bottle! Niche Wine Co.’s Pinot Noir Blanc is a unique and delicious twist on a patio-favourite wine! The 2015 Pinot Noir Blanc has a light coral-copper colour with a sweet and fragrant bouquet of strawberry, baked peach, blood orange, vanilla, and ginger.  Richly flavoured and very refreshing, it’s perfectly suited for a wide array of patio-foods, including charcuterie, sweet chili BBQ’d wings or shrimp kebabs, fresh and tangy summer salads, and is terrific on its own.  With direct to consumer shipping, it’s a breeze to get these wines shipped right to your door.  Highly recommended.  Tasted May 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

 

 

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Enjoy BBQ’d sweet chili shrimp kebabs with Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir Blanc

Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir 2013 – British Columbia – $23 winery direct

This dynamic wine is light enough for salmon and rich enough for duck. Hints of cola and a light seasoning of clove on the nose are a result of the mixture of oaks. Flavours of sweet red cherry and cranberry combined with a deep ruby colour make this the kind of soft, silky wine you may not want to share. Niche Wine Co.

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Rosemary grilled pork tenderloin – a perfect pairing with Niche Wine Co. Pinot Noir

 

Off dry whites and big reds with tangy BBQ fare, ribs, pulled pork, etc.

Jackson Triggs Black Series Riesling-Gewurztraminer – Ontario – $13.95

Ripe orchard fruit, honeysuckle, lanolin, and vanilla on the nose and palate.  Slightly off-dry with a creamy texture making this a very food friendly wine whether it’s with spicy Asian cuisine or tangy BBQ ribs and chicken, this value-priced aromatic white blend has it all.  Enjoy chilled with good company.  Tasted May 2016. 88 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Ravenswood Old Vine Vintners Blend Zinfandel – California – $17.95

There’s no wonder why this Zinfandel is the No. 1 around the world! From the inaugural vintage back in the early 1980s to today, iconic Zin producer, known as the Godfather of Zin, Joel Peterson, has been crafting this uber popular Zin for a few decades now and it continues to grow in popularity given its ripe and robust style. Ravenswood doesn’t produce ‘wimpy’ wines and this wine is proof of that! Enjoy with BBQ fare, pasta dishes, or spicy Asian cuisine. Highly recommended all year round. Tasted November 2015. 89+ points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Four in Hand Shiraz 2013 – Australia – $19.95

This fine Barossa Shiraz shows rich dark fruit, plum, black cherry, smoky bacon, mocha, leather and graphite. The palate shows refreshing dark berries, black cherry, pepper, and cacao. This Aussie Shiraz from Australia’s most famous Shiraz region, the Barossa Valley, is well structured and perfectly suited to enjoy with BBQ fare making it a great pick all summer long. Tangy ribs, gourmet burgers, smoked brisket, or charcoal grilled beef tenderloin are just some of my top picks for this Shiraz. Winemaker Chris Hancock, MW (Hon.) who’s crafted Penfolds Grange in the past, is to thank for this impressive value-priced Aussi Shiraz. Enjoy 2016-2020. Tasted May 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Gourmet burgers and pulled pork on a bun make a great pairing with Four in Hand Barossa Shiraz!

 

Mallee Rock Shiraz/Cab Sauvignon – Australia – $14.95

“Mallee” is the aboriginal name for eucalyptus tree, and on the South East Limestone Coast of Australia those sun-drenched mallee trees are a popular sight. A Shiraz-rich blend with a dose of Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Padthaway and Wrattonbully regions. This deeply coloured and richly flavoured blend shows layers of smoky dark fruit, kirsch, blueberry, sweet baking spice, and eucalyptus notes. Velvety smooth and well structured, the stewed fruit, black raspberry, and dark cherry are backed with fine tannins making this wine a great choice for enjoying with tangy BBQ ribs, pulled pork, gourmet burgers, or celebrating a great evening with friends. Tasted May 2016. 88 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

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Herbed Rack of Lamb Lollipops paired with Mike Weir Cabernet/Merlot

Mike Weir Cabernet/Merlot – Ontario – $14.95 (until May 22)

Canadian Golf Legend, turned Ontario wine ambassador and winery owner, Mike Weir, produces some very accessible and tasty VQA wines. The 2010 Cabernet Merlot is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc sourced from the Niagara Peninsula. The nose shows sauteed peppers, plum, dark chocolate, clove, and dried herbs. Dry with fine integrated tannins, refreshing acidity, and a dark fruit and pepper finish, this aged red is in its prime and ideally suited for enjoying with lamb chops with Moroccan sauce, garlic-rosemary pork tenderloin, or baked goat cheese dip. Decant 30 minutes prior to service and enjoy over the next year. Tasted April 2016. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

 

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Moroccan Lamb Chops or Mint and Cumin Spiced Lamp Chops pair wonderfully with Mike Weir Cabernet/Merlot!

So to make the most of your summer BBQ and wine pairings, remember these few tips to get the most out of your pairings!

Pro Tip #1: PAIR COLOUR WITH COLOUR (white with white, red with red…)

Pro Tip #2: CHILL IT! (chill white, rosé, and red wines in the summer)

Pro Tip #3: MATCH WINE with SAUCE (not just the protein)

Pro Tip #4: SWEET WITH HEAT (sweet wines with spicy foods)

Cheers!

 

 

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Matt Steeves – Sommelier, Wine Writer, & Director with the National Capital Sommelier Guild – follow Matt on Twitter @Quercusvino or www.quercusvino.ca