Let the entertaining begin! As summer finally meanders into our lives, it’s time to kick back, relax and begin entertaining. Whether you’re catering a party indoors or grilling out in your backyard, the wine selection often becomes a challenge. The question is what to serve, red or white? Why not serve both! Take the confusion out of the equation and make life simple. People tend to be reluctant about serving their guests a mix of wines at their table worrying that reds and whites won’t go well together if they’re serving a variety of foods. But, you can easily mix reds and whites at the same meal! You just have to follow a few simple rules:
One – serve whites before reds
Two – light-bodied before full-bodied
Three – dry before sweet
Four – young before old
You want your guests to savour the delicate wines before enjoying the more intense ones. If you’re still unsure about your choices, you can’t go wrong with serving sparkling wines with your meal. Sparkling wines are refreshing and cleanse the palate. When you sip this type of wine throughout your meal or in between different courses, it prepares your palate for whatever flavours are coming next. You can pair sparkling wines with any kind of food – steak, seafood, quiches, spicy Thai, Mexican or Asian cuisine – you name it. That’s how versatile they are. So don’t be afraid to serve your favourite reds, whites and even sparkling wines at your next event.
Q What is the best way to store my wines that I drink every day? How should I store the wines that I plan to keep for many years?
A If you only buy a few weeks’ supply of wine at a time, you can store it in any convenient corner away from heat and light. Wines to be stored for up to a year will keep well in any reasonably cool, dark place like an unheated spare room or a cupboard where the wine will be well clear of hot pipes or exterior walls. For long-term storage of fine wines – a period which can range from five to 20 years – a good cellar where the wine can develop at its own pace, free from the harmful effects of heat, light and vibration is crucial. The ideal wine cellar should have a constant, cool temperature between 10 to 14 degrees celsius, be fairly humid and well-ventilated. Such an environment occurs naturally in traditional underground cellars or it can be recreated with air conditioners, humidifiers and state-of-the-art wine cellar cooling units. Temperatures that are too low will slow down a wine’s maturation while higher temperatures will cause the wine to age too quickly. Rapid temperature fluctuations will definitely harm the wine and be sure your wine cellar is odour-free. Strong smells and stale air can taint the wine so do not store your wine in the same area that you are aging your cheeses,hams and other meats.
Magnotta Meritage Limited Edition VQA $19.95
A bold and rich blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Serve with your favourite cut of steak or beef dish.
Magnotta Blanc de Blances VQA $16.85
A traditional and sophisticated Chardonnay sparkling wine with lively green apple and pear flavours. Very food-friendly. Enjoy with a variety of meals.
Magnotta Chardonnay Limited Edition VQA $17.95
Full-bodied with hints of butterscotch and vanilla bean and an elegant dry finish. Pair with salmon, arctic char and assorted seafood.
Rossana Di Zio Magnotta is CEO of Magnotta Winery, an Ontario family winery and grape grower steeped in innovative winemaking and local history for 25 years. She has created over 180 wines and helped evolve Canada into the world-class wine producer it is today, bringing Ontario’s distinctive wines to centre stage in international wine competitions. The third largest winery in Ontario, Magnotta has won over 4,500 awards for product excellence.
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