#WineWednesday – Barbecue Season Tribute

By on April 9, 2014

As a salute to the arrival of spring and the outdoor barbecue/entertaining season, Zoltan Szabo has provided us with not one, but three outstanding wines for this weeks #WineWednesday.


2012 Beaujolais – Villages ‘Fleurie’ Villa Ponciago

Burgundy, France

There’s something angelic about a good Beaujolais; and this is really good; comes from a beautiful estate in the heart of the cru Fleurie. floral, exotic, spicy, hubba bubba accents, light and gracious, simply delicious; try with duck sausages, pan fried chicken liver, or on its own and slightly chilled; available woodmanwinesandspirits.com


2012 Cabernet Franc rosé ‘triomphe’ Southbrook

Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Think of raspberries, blood orange, roses and pink peppercorn when nosing this lovely and vivid pink; medium – weight and tasty with a luscious texture; 7 grams per liter residual sugar in it, but consider it dry; pairs with mildly spiced tuna tacos and loud pop music; certified organic; available @lcbo, or visit the winery southbrook.com



2010 Riesling ‘Réserve’ Trimbach

Alsace, France

From an Alsace powerhouse producer, this Riesling is lean, dry and savoury, greengage apple – flavoured and mineral, finishes with a quince, bee’s wax and spicy note; needs food, try with cabbage – based stews, charcuterie, or soft – ripened artisanal cheeses; available @lcbo Vintages


Zoltan Szabo

About Zoltan Szabo

Zoltan Szabo is one of the most recognizable personalities of the Canadian Sommelier scene. For over twenty years in the industry and three continents – wide resume, he has garnered international recognition. Clients include the Tokaj Renaissance, Wine Council of Ontario, Skyline Boutique Hotels & Resorts and Trump International Hotel, just to mention a few. With TV, radio and video blog appearances by the dozen throughout the years, Szabo had become a mainstay character of the global wine trade. He consults, writes, educates and judges for some of the most elite organizations, competitions and media forums. Member of the Canadian Wine Writers’ Circle, Zoltan also voices his opinion about wine and the finer aspects of life over social media outlets @zoltanszabo

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