Bone Dry Bubbles + Bawler BurgersThere’s no reason you can’t pour bubbles with burgers; in fact, we recommend it! Choose one made with mostly Pinot Noir — like the 2011 Blanc De Noir from Kew Vineyards — to keep things crisp and cut the fat, then pile on the pinot friendly toppings. Think: sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, smoked bacon or a swiss style cheese.
Grilled Salmon & Glorious GamayLight bodied, low in tannins and heavy on the bright fruit flavours, Gamays are the perfect wine for smokey, fishy salmon. Don’t be scared away by that old wives tale about fish and red wine! Try the Gamay Noir from The Grange of Prince Edward with its red berry and herbal notes.
Ravine’s Merlot + All The RibsThe wine maker’s tasting notes alone on the Ravine Vineyard Merlot make us want to lick our fingers: black berries, red licorice and warm vanilla cake. Pair that with sticky, rich, slightly sweet and slightly spicey ribs and you’ll be shouting winner-winner, ribs-for-dinner!
Mushroom Caps + Cab FrancCan we talk about veggie burgers for a second? They’re actually pretty darn amazing! Especially when they’re chalk full of all sorts of mushrooms. Keep your veg-head friends happy and pair those rich, earthy mushroom burgers with Fielding Estate Winery’s Cabernet Franc. Trust us, as the notes of cedar smoke and dark chocolate hit your nose, you won’t even notice the lack of beef!
Summer Reisling + Sweet SausagesSweet, crisp and refreshing are three words for Flat Rock Cellars Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling. It’s a stellar example of what Niagara can do with this steadfast grape. Whether you’re going German brat or spicy Italian, a dry riesling can’t serve you wrong. Dry Rieslings it seems are a natural pairing for sausages and never ending summer nights!
What’s your favorite summer wine? Let us know!
Don’t want to turn on the grill? Loads of Ontario wineries have stunning patios and barbeque options happening all summer long. Check out our event calendar to get the road trip juices flowing — and don’t forget, Wine Country Ontario is your resource for all things wine in Ontario!