Article and photo by Kait Nienhuis

Producers showcase their wines and spirits in Toronto.

The recent French Wine Connection had industry professionals and media sampling France’s finest wines, sparkling wines and cognacs at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. The event, also held in Miami and Los Angeles, featured wines and spirits from 42 producers from 10 regions.

One of the objectives of the event is to launch new products into the market so many of the fantastic wines and spirits presented are not yet available to consumers. However, discovered through excessive tasting and searching, here are a few available and inexpensive wines to try that can be found at your local liquor store:

Loron & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay Montvallon, 2007 (167155 - $13.95). This mellow Chardonnay greets your nose with hints of apricot and grassy notes. Juicy apple, pear and grapefruit grace the palate and the finish is surprisingly crisp. Fruit forward flavours and a balanced acidity make this an approachable wine.

Ackerman Remy Pannier Rose d’Anjou, 2009 (12641 - $11.95). Quite possibly the most scrumptious dry rose on the market. Floral hints and juicy strawberries carry on from the nose through to the palate. Clean and fresh, this beautiful rose packs more sensory delights than the price suggests.

Paul Sapin Just Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 (161216 - $9.95). A steal at the under $10 price point, this straight forward Cabernet Sauvignon gives off bright fruit aromas and flavours with just a pinch of smoke and cherry on the finish. Well structured but a more easy-going red.



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