The Ultimate Vancouver Wine Guide: Best Wine to Keep in Your Car During a Ski Day

We asked a dozen-plus of the city's top sommeliers to share their picks with us for some very specific scenarios...starting with a pretty timely one.

January 3, 2019

By Neal McLennan / Photo: Kelly Sutherland

The Situation

You’re heading out early for a ski day and then straight to a friend’s house for dinner, so the bottle of wine you’re bringing is going to have to stay in the cold car all day long. What do you choose?

The Sommeliers Say…

Mathieu and Camille Lapierre Morgon ($45)

I love this wine, and it is especially delicious with a little chill on it. Fresh and juicy with a hint of spice.—Lisa Cook, Savio Volpe

Medici Ermete “Concerto” Lambrusco ($20)

This dry, grippy, frothy red is warming and cozy at any temperature.—Jason Yamasaki, Joey

 Luzada Rias Baixas Albarino 2017 ($18)

Because it’s going to be perfectly chilled, and all that salinity and pear flavour is going to make your mouth water!—Shane Taylor, CinCin

The Clos Floridene Graves Blanc 2015 ($40)

Bordeaux whites are highly underrated—such a great value for so much flavour and complexity. It will be at the perfect temperature in the car by the time I’m done skiing.—Sebastien LeGoff, Cactus Club

Blue Mountain Brut Reserve 2010 ($40)

This is a tasty traditional-method sparkling and one of my favorite go-tos. A bottle of bubbles is always welcome at a dinner party, especially if it’s already chilled when you get there.—Katie Berlinguette, Sonora Resort

Quinta da Murta Bucelas Brut Nature 2014 ($28)

I am consistently blown away by the calibre of this wine and its friendliness with food. It is searingly dry, however, so make sure to serve in regular wineglasses—not flutes, to fully appreciate its aroma and flavour intensity.—Kieren Fanning, Pepino’s

We’ll be adding to our Ultimate Vancouver Wine Guide over the next few months… follow along with somms’ top picks here!

 

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