Best Wines: five versatile bottles to pair with just about any kind of food

Best Wines: five versatile bottles to pair with just about any kind of food

Eating and Drinking 2013: Dinner Companions

Castellare di Castellina 2010 Chianti Classico
Castellare di Castellina 2010 Chianti Classico
$18 | Tuscany | 89 points
A supple, refined yet exuberant young Chianti that you can serve with veal parm, roasts or pizza. Expect aromas of pure redcurrant and cherry, plus roses and a touch of salami. LCBO 267260


Amalaya 2011 Torrontés Riesling
Amalaya 2011 Torrontés Riesling
$11 | Salta | 87 points
Chill this white blend well and serve it with mild Asian, pork or vegetarian dishes. It captures lime-orange citrus, lavender, green herbs and riesling’s signature pear fruit. It’s mid-weight, off-dry but crisp on the finish. LCBO 270470

Chason Père & Fils 2010 Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Chanson Père & Fils 2010
Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir

$18 | Burgundy | 88 points
Light and fragrant, this pinot noir makes a great match with French poultry, game, veal or mushroom dishes. Expect com- plex, well-integrated cran-raspberry aromas. LCBO 50575

Garofoli 2010 Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi
Garofoli 2010 Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi
$12.50 | Marches | 88 points
This richer style of verdicchio has a cushy, warming yet balanced ambiance, with generous peach, melon and honey aromas. Serve with rich pastas, seafood or risottos. LCBO 277293

Marqués de Riscal 2007 Reserva
Marqués de Riscal 2007 Reserva
$21 | Rioja | 89 points
Ideal for roasts, lamb and grilled meat, this has a traditional, heavily wood-accented nose of leather, earth, burlap and campfire embers, with dark cherry, olive fruit and marzipan. It’s mid-weight, smooth yet lively. LCBO 32656