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My favourite Summer Wines

My favourite Summer Wines

And the Winners are…


With a few exceptions I drink whites and roses in the summer and the switch to the reds in the fall.

There were two wines that stood out this summer that I highly recommend.

So here is my favourite rose and my favourite white of 2018.

Rose-324584 Vintages

A bit pricey at 23.95 Miraval Rose (The Jolie/Pitt Wine made by the Perrin family in the Cotes du Rhone) lived up the hype. The Perrin Family makes great inexpensive wines but they are known primarily as the producers of one of the world’s truly great wines-Chateau de Beaucastel (Chateauneuf du Pape.) The Grapes are Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. The flavours are peach, apricot cantaloupe cherries and strawberries.

The wine is beautifully integrated and finishes dry and crisp.

The White-271940 Vintages

I love Vouvray!

It is classic white wine from the Loire Valley made with the

Chenin Blanc grape.

I tried quite a few before I found the one I recommend here. (With wines as in life you sometimes have to kiss a lotta frogs before you find your prince.)

Monmousseau Vouvray is an off dry version ripe with flavours of pineapple lemon and peach. There is a lovely acidity on the finish which makes it the perfect

anti-dote to the sweltering heat we have endured this summer.

At 11.5% alcohol and at $19.95 a bottle it was my go to white ….especially when I was standing over a BBQ



On June the 14th Fellinis hosted a stellar event which featured a selection of

Outstanding Rosé Wines. Rosés are enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity these days

(And rightly so.)The combination of acid and strawberry fruit is summer personified.  

Matching edibles were coordinated by our Executive Chef Mike “Smitty” Smith.

The wines were expertly presented by Cyndi Grossman from her Mellecey Group portfolio.

The wines were poured in sequence from light to medium to full bodied.

They included:

A sparkler from Spain’s Basque country Inazio Urruzola Txakolina Rosado 2015

Domaine La Ligiere Sud Absolu 2017 from Beaumes de Venise in Southern France

Domaine du Tix Cotes du Ventoux 2016 “Cuvee des Restanques in Southern France

Compania Bodeguera de Valenciso –Valencisco Rosado 2015 from Rioja Spain.

And as a grand finale –a stunning full bodied monster from Tuscany:

Duemani Si IGP Coasta Toscana Rosato 2014

The versatility of Rosé as a food matching wine was ably demonstrated by these plates.

Classic Prosciutto and Melon

Smoked Salmon with Caper Aioli

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza with Balsamic glazed Red Onions

Strips of Grilled Sirloin with a Chimichurri Sauce.


These wines are sourced available exclusively through Cyndi


Thanks to all the participants who made our event fun and informative.

Our next event will take place the last week of July.

Watch our Facebook Page for details!