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Finding the perfect summer wine


Rosť is a popular summer wine
Rosť is a popular summer wine

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

August 4, 2012 — The weekend is a perfect excuse to kick back with friends and family.

There are plenty of wines that pair well with warm weather (courtesy: Blair)
There are plenty of wines that pair well with warm weather (courtesy: Blair)

For many, the long weekend involves relaxing with a nice glass of wine -- preferably one that was produced in one of Canada's 700+ wineries.

But what's the perfect drink to accompany a lazy afternoon on a hot day?

We asked Richie Roberts from Fielding Estate Winery in Niagara wine country to weigh in, and his summer drink of choice is a refreshing rosť.

He's not alone: A†recent Nielson report suggests that sales of this fruity drink are soaring, selling five times more than all other table wines in the U.S. in 2010.

Made from a variety of red grapes,†rosť†has become a go-to drink during the summer months, due to its refreshing taste and versatility. And the price is right, too: A good bottle will set you back between $10 and $20.

But there are many other wines that pair with warm weather.

Canada is home to more than 700 wineries (courtesy: Brian Sprout )
Canada is home to more than 700 wineries (courtesy: Brian Sprout )

For a weekend at the cottage, skip the rosť and go for something a bit more aromatic -- like a riesling or pinot gris.

"These wines are great for relaxing by the pool or out on the lake because you don't have to enjoy them with food," Richie says, adding that these popular choices are light-tasting and low in alcohol.

When the rain sets in, an unoaked chardonnay will help pass the time.

Loaded with flavour, this fruit-laden beverage is known to be fresh on the palate -- making it a great drink to enjoy over a board game or relaxing dinner.

But if you aren't partial to our advice, we won't be offended.

After all, one of the best parts about discovering new wine is trying it for yourself.

"It really isn't important to listen to what the experts say," Richie says.

"Don't let people tell you what you should like. That's the fun part about wine: There is no right or wrong."

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