August 24 2021 – Equal Parts Hospitality
Summer is almost over....we know, the season always flies by far too quickly, but we are here to help you enjoy every last moment. Whether you are having dinner in your garden on a warm night or heading up to the cottage, we have wines that are expertly curated to enhance your experience. And you won’t find them on your next LCBO run!
Recently, Winebox launched with an exciting new website that makes ordering wine online super fun and easy. You’re just a few clicks away from stunning bottles you have never seen before!
The Winebox concept is guided by passion - as restaurateurs, sommeliers and veterans of the food and beverage industry, we know that there’s a side of wine that most consumers never get to see. We want to help push the boundaries and to do things differently in order to offer a better service, experience, selection and value. We are committed to providing unique access to some incredible, “under-the-radar” wines that you wouldn’t normally have access to, produced by passionate, independent winemakers from all over the world.
If you want to get your feet wet, we also have a Pop Up Wine Bar which is operating out of our repurposed shipping container on King William Street in Hamilton, Ontario. We will be serving featured wines by the glass (5 oz). We will also be pouring our featured mix cases in curated flights of 3 x 3oz glasses. The pop-up will be sticking around until late September, but Winebox is primarily an online experience, where you can shop 24/7 from the comfort of home.
By visiting shopwinebox.ca, you can buy a single bottle that catches your eye, or put together the case of your dreams - it is completely customizable!
In addition to the online Bottle Shop with our full selection, you can also shop Mixed Cases and Featured Collections. Currently, we have delicious Summer Wines so choosing the right wine for every occasion couldn’t be easier!
The website provides a wealth of information on each bottle so you know exactly where our wines come from and their unique flavour profiles. You can also narrow your selection with the left drop-down bar so you’ll see exactly what you want!
So what are you waiting for?! Whether you are enjoying a book in the backyard, jumping in the neighbour’s pool or entertaining at the cottage, we have the perfect recommendations for you and your thirsty guests.
Here are our 4 top summer picks, covering bubbles, rosé, white and red. This is what we are drinking this weekend, and if you want in on the action, build your own case with these recommendations and let us know what you think!
DOMAINE BAUD BLANC DE BLANC CRÉMANT DU JURA BRUT NV
This sparkler, or Crémant, is made in the traditional Champagne style, where the second fermentation happens inside the bottle. This Crémant has rich aromatics of apple fruit with citrus, toasted brioche and a striking minerality. It sparks a great balance between creaminess and vivacity. If you like Champagne, but not the price tag, then this is the wine of choice for you. It is very versatile at the table and you can drink this with almost any dish: try it with all types of classic cuisine or even spicy Asian dishes, caramelized popcorn or fried chicken! The Baud estate dates back to 1742, today the 9th generation manages the winery. Siblings Clementine and Bastien, both under 30, are making some of the best value wines in the area. Jura is that narrow valley in the remote hills between Burgundy and Switzerland, which millions of years ago was covered by an Ocean and today still bares many of the fossils from that time. If you kick a stone in a Jura vineyard, it will probably be a fossil. LEARN MORE
PARDEVALLES ROSADO PRIETO PICUDO 2020
This 100% Prieto Picudo rosé is intense and fresh on the nose. Rich and hypnotizing aromas of raspberry, strawberry, herbs, citrus and red rose petals jump out of the glass. These flavours follow through on the palate, which is both powerful and flavourful, while maintaining great freshness. Enjoy this one on its own while basking in the sun. Pardevalles is recognized for being one of the driving forces behind the D.O Tierra de León, betting on the development of the indigenous grape varieties Prieto Picudo and Albarín Blanco. LEARN MORE
MATTHIAS HAGER GRÜNER VELTLINER MOLLANDS 2020
This a typical Gruner Veltliner of the Kamptal region and a very food-friendly wine. It’s a great match with cold starters and typical Austrian home cooking: roast pork, schnitzel, meat dumplings... This Gruner Veltliner has fruity aromas on the nose. These aromas combine with a soft spiciness and a mineral quality on the palate. It has a medium body and a nice long saline finish. Matthias Hager’s winery has about 13ha of vineyards in and around the small wine-growing village of Mollands. All of his vineyards are cultivated biodynamically according to Demeter. The strength of this family business is its diversity. Loess, clay and different kinds of primary rock (mica shist, gneiss, etc.) can be found in the northern part of Kamptal. LEARN MORE
CASA LOS FRAILES “BILOGIA” MONASTRELL SYRAH 2018
This bold wine begs for rich foods, that’s why we recommend beef short ribs, lentils, shiitake and portobello mushrooms, lamb, rabbit, soy sauce and black pepper... Adding herbs to your dishes such as thyme, lavender and rosemary will also enhance the floral character of the wine. A blend of Monastrell and Syrah, its personality makes it a dark, warm and complex wine. On the nose, it has intense aromas of red fruits, jam, cherries and plums; paired with smoky tones, notes of licorice and coffee. On the palate, the fruit perfectly blends with the oak, showing sweet tannins followed by a round, rich and deep structure. Casa Los Frailes (“Cals Frares” in the old local language) takes their name from the Jesuit Friars that used to live in the Estate over two centuries (XVII to XVIII). The Casa Los Frailes estate now belongs to the Velázquez family and has for over 250 years, today the 13th generation runs the winery. Frontrunners in organic agriculture and biodynamics, the estate consists of vineyards, Mediterranean forest, almond and olive trees. LEARN MORE