• Victoria Gamble

3 Summer Wines 3 Ways - A partnership with Alvento Winery

Well guys, summer is here and with the province slowly reopening I am thrilled to enjoy some socially distant time with friends and family. If that isn't a reason to celebrate I don't know what is, and I am excited to share these summer wines that you can enjoy.

I was thrilled when Alvento Winery reached out to partner with me to share their wines. As a lover of supporting local and small businesses, plus an Ontario wine supporter, this really hits home. Alvento is based in Vineland, Ontario near Niagara-on-the-Lake where they get to directly benefit from the warm breezes off Lake Ontario. That coupled with their loamy soils allow for production of not only typical aromatic whites, but more rich and opulent whites as well as full bodied reds - which is right up my alley.

Alvento means ''of the wind'' in Italian, and they have crafted their wines with wind as the founding inspiration for each expression. This wnery really understands how to deliver the best possible expression of each varietal. I tried four of their wines from their WIND series, and I was truly swept away! Not only is the story completely romantic, each wine is exactly as they say, aromatic and refreshing. They also offer amazing value at $19.95 each - you can use code PASSIONINSPIRED to save 10% off your order of four or more bottles, and code LOCAL for free shipping off $150. You can shop Alvento's website here.

Here are my top picks from Alvento and how I would recommend you enjoy these wines this summer:

South Wind

I never need an occasion to enjoy a beautiful glass of rosé, and the South Wind from Alvento Winery delivers. South Wind is made from Marquette Rosé and boasts delicious flavours of strawberry, ripe watermelon, and is super floral. This rosé is complex, juicy, with a fair amount of structure that will hold up well to food. One of my favourite ways to enjoy rosé is as a midweek pick me up on the deck - bonus if you get takeout too (pad Thai and ginger beef approved!)

East Wind

If you're ever looking for a great barbecue wine the East Wind is it. This red wine is made of Baco Noir, is fruity with great structure, and does it ever have a lingering finish. If you love flavours of ripe cherry, confit blackberry, raspberry pie and spice - this is for you. I am frankly thrilled at how the richly the palate of the wine comes through, this red wine over performs for the price and is both elegant and approachable. You can even serve this red lightly chilled, which is not only refreshing but brings balance to this wine. Perfect for backyard hangouts and anything off the grill.

West Wind

My favourite wine of them all was the West Wind Vidal - this took me by surprise and quite frankly 'blew' me away. This white is crisp, aromatic with a great level of acidity which isn't always typical of Vidal. With a beautiful palate of tropical fruit like pineapple, peach, and passion fruit - this wine is absolutely exceptional and indicative of great ripening on the vine. It has a small hint of sweetness which makes it ideal for salty food and brings more body to this light white. I took this beauty out for a picnic by the lake and it was so refreshing. I personally loved it with olives and salted pistachios.

With all these amazing wines and range of styles at a great price point - which wine would you like to try?

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