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Long live the can
A sign that the can is also becoming increasingly popular among wine producers, this ecological and practical format contains more and more quality products. The proof: The Fram Wines Grenache Gris 2021, a South African orange wine, is a pure pleasure. It is manufactured by Thinus Krueger. This oenologist worked at the Boschendal winery for a dozen years before starting his own project called Fram. In the 250 ml can, the color is deep orange thanks to the three-week maceration of the Grenache Gris skins. Scents of black tea, herbs and fruits invite you. On the palate, the juicy start is followed by a pleasant tannin structure, which allows the wine to be enjoyed both alone and at the table when the fish comes out of the lake.
Fram Wines Grenache Gris 2021 (14853725) $8.10
Choosing the color of the wine to match the color of the dish is not the most complex way to create your combinations. But it often works! Rosé is therefore a good choice with salmon, especially with this cuvée de Provence, Les Béatines Coteaux d’Aix en Provence rosé 2021. This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault has an almost oily texture in the mouth, an ideal pairing with fish meat. Its aromas of red fruits, melon and fine herbs are very classic, but you can’t get enough of them. Being organic certified, it can be kept in the cool box all summer long.
Les Béatines Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé 2021 (11232261), $21.55
The founder of the American winery Bonny Doon, Randall Graham, sold his vineyard two years ago. Despite the good reputation of his wines, the profitability of his business was not optimal. The winemaker bluntly admits: “I’m an artist, not a wine seller. Graham no longer manages the finances but he is still responsible for the winemaking and this Cigare Blanc cuvée is great. Always inspired by the wines of the Rhône, Mr. Graham wanted to pay homage to the white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His cuvée combines Grenache, Vermentino and Clairette. The scents of pineapple, lime and basil mingle with notes of oak barrels. The palate is round, spicy and long. A miracle with rainbow trout cooked en papillote.
Bonny Doon The 2020 Central Coast White Cigar (14602900), $24.95
Habit makes the monk
The label of this Spanish white wine, the Sumarroca Tuvi Penedes 2021, could not be clearer: this wine goes well with fish. The Sumarroca winery has created this unusual blend based on Xarel-lo, a local variety, to which Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Viognier are added. It works out ! He fills the glass with flowers and citrus fruits. Its acidity is refreshing and its flavors blend into a subtly salty mouth. With grilled fish fillet, citrus salad and co., this is a recipe for success.
Sumarroca Tuvi Penedes 2021 (13574687) $15.90
Sauvignon Blanc and fish go well together. Boréale Brewery was inspired by this agreement to create a new beer to celebrate 10 years of the Hooké brand. Boréale has flavored its brew with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, whose flavors (and name) are reminiscent of Sauvignon. The blonde beer smells of orange, lemon, basil and fresh herbs. Slightly bitter in the mouth, it fulfills its thirst-quenching mission.
Hooké Boréale, 475 ml, $5.19