Italian wine picks for the summer

By Marco Giovanetti

You mention wine to your average Italian-Canadian wine drinker and you would get the same usual response: Liano. Still, it is the second best sold at the SAQ in 2018 that proves that this  Sangiovese blend from Emilia Romagna is very popular among Quebec wine drinkers.

However, the times have changed and we have a broader Italian selection that pleases both drinkers with conservative and adventurous tastes.

With the good weather arriving, the gastronomical conviviality returns and it’s the perfect time to revisit new vintages of your favorite wines or new ones.

These wine recommendations of the moment are perfect to celebrate the arrival of good weather and are versatile with any of your BBQ or pasta dishes.

Wine Recommendations 


Castel Firmian by Mezzacorona Sauvignon blanc 2018. SAQ # 13910880, $16.80 

Bright granny Smith and pear are some of delicate nuances that emanate from this Northern Italian white. Fresh and crisp with a wonderful balance and a cleansing finale. Very high quality with more than a reasonable price


Planeta Rose Sicilia 2018 DOP. SAQ # 12818361, $16.85

An equal blend of Nero d’ Avola and Syrah, this rose is agreeable featuring pineapple and ground cherry marmalade. Dry with delicate notes of honey and  flower flavours.


Villa Cavarena Valpolicella Ripasso 2016. SAQ # 14003544, $23.00

A beautiful concentrated and stylish Veronese red with generous aromas of dark field berries, a hint of spice and dark chocolate. Full body, well structured with a nice acidity and a long finale.

Cianti Rufina Colognole 2015. Private Import ( $24.50, Bambara Selection, 12 pack case)

Vintage tasted 2013. Cool berry aromas with a hint of tobacco and that elegant Italian Tuscan farm smell. Polished with fine tannins. All in finesse this wine