TASTE Spring 2023


Generally, table wines from the Old World made in classic styles will be dry. Italian Pinot Grigio, Chablis from France, and Italian reds such as Chianti, Barolo and Barbaresco are all usually bone dry. But you can certainly find a wide range of other wines that will be technically quite dry, including Malbecs from Argentina, Australian Chardonnays, top-shelf Californian Cabernet Sauvignon and many more. In fact, one of the best-selling New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs—Kim Crawford—is bone dry with a mere 2 grams per litre of sugar, making it a solid code zero (00). Of course, moderation also helps reduce sugar intake. One 5 oz (140 ml) glass of your favourite red that falls in the “semi-dry” or 02 category, could still fit in your plan. You might be able to accommodate that ½ tsp (2.5 g) of sugar. But two 9 oz (270 ml) pours, would add up to about 2 tsp (10 g) of sugar. Your choice. So, bookmark bcliquorstores.com and make it your go-to shopping resource. To get you started, here’s a list of six widely available, good-value wines in a wide range of styles. Every one of these wines clocks less than 5 grams per litre of sugar. And they’re all delicious.

SANTA MARGHERITA VALDADIGE PINOT GRIGIO Italy $22.99 106450 This crisp, tightly- wound, beautifully balanced expression of Pinot Grigio offers classical, stylish and bone- dry appeal. Expect allusions of Granny Smith apples and wet stones.

LA CHABLISIENNE LA PIERRELÉE CHABLIS France $39.99 359844 This is a crisp, chiselled-tasting Chardonnay with a cool, stony fragrance and a bright, dry attack of crisp vinosity suggesting lemon, oyster shell and a quiet salinity.

LUIGI BOSCA MENDOZA MALBEC Argentina $25.99 418038 Bold blackberry fruit with brawny undertones of dark chocolate, black olive, fig and cedar and a velvet texture are featured in this deep, dark and deliciously dry wine.

KIM CRAWFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC New Zealand $22.99 100594 Sauvignon Blanc, this is a generous and zesty wine, teeming with lime, snow pea and green apple on the nose and palate. A full-throttle expression of



RIOJA RESERVA Spain $32.99 214817 A bouquet of cherries, vanilla and cola lead to a rush of cashmere fruit — red and black berries laced with vanilla, toffee, stone and oregano.

CÔTES DU RHÔNE France $18.99 535849 This saturated dry red is chock- full of blueberries, blackcurrant and plum with a touch of aniseed and is poised yet powerful and ripe.



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