Best Bars: Three trendy alternatives to merlot, pinot grigio and chardonnay
Order the same bottle every time? Sheila Flaherty, the 25-year-old wine director at Mercatto who has won the Italian mini-chain three Wine Spectator awards, recommends trendy alternatives to the old standbys
“Chilean carmenère has a beautiful dark colour and those great plummy vanilla flavours of merlot, but it’s fruitier and has softer tannins and acidity.”
BUY: Casa Lapostolle Carmenére.
$16. LCBO 168740
TRY GRÜNER VELTLINER
“Grüner veltliner is one of my all-time favourites, and it often flies under the radar. The federspiel from Austria is light, fun and refreshing. It balances soft fruit with herbal dryness, and it has that crisp finish of pinot grigio, but it’s spicier.”
BUY: Rabl Reserve Vium Optimum Grüner Veltliner.
$20. Vintages LCBO 216473
“If you love soft, citrusy, acid-driven chardonnays, albariño from Spain is a great alternative. The apple and pear notes remind me of a white burgundy.”
BUY: Valminor Albariño.
$16. LCBO 266924