Patio season is in full swing at The Small Winemakers Collection. Whether you prefer a picnic on a patio with friends and family or a heartier meal dining outdoors at your favourite restaurant, the right wine can make any meal that much better.

This season’s wine picks range from fresh florals and fruit varietals to bold and elegantly structured wines. The right bottle of wine will enhance your dining experience and blend exquisitely with your dish of choice. It will add freshness to your summer and patio season. 

Although ordering wine online can be a daunting process for some, especially with the wide variety of options available, it needn’t be. This blog features a selection of some of the best wine and food combinations that will elevate your patio dining experience this season. 

Must Try Wines For This Season

1. Codorniu Cuvee Barcelona 1872 Brut Rosé

Made from the classic red grape varietal of the Penedès, the alluring pink hue of this cava is an ode to the year Josep Raventós who created the first bottle of Cava. Its elegant stained-glass bottle pays tribute to the famous modernist Gaudi whose stained-glass windows adorned the Codorníu wineries. The Codorniu Cuvee Brut Rosé remains a popular sparkling wine choice for folks seeking versatility and a creamy texture. 

You can enjoy this delicate and smooth Brut Rosé any time of day, making it an ideal choice for a range of dishes throughout your day. The creamy velvety feel makes a well-rounded and balanced bubbly. The elegant citrus, red fruit, and brioche aromas make it the perfect wine for a day out in the sun. 

Top food pairing: This rosé is truly versatile, you can pair it with almost anything. We recommend pairing it with cold entrees like this bruschetta, an assortment of cheeses, assorted cold meats, fresh bread, escargot, and avocados. 

2. Kupelwieser Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2021

Hailing from two of the best regions of the Mediterranean and Alpine climatic conditions and sourced from the lowlands and from the regions of Alto Adige, this white wine is a classic. Handcrafted by the award-winning Peter Zemmer, this complex wine reveals notes of tree fruits, citrus, and nuances of minerals. Aromas of white spring wildflowers and tropical fruit bring a tangy and round palate with hints of pear and almonds. 

Top food pairing: This wine pairs excellently with seafood and fish, such as cod, catfish, fish chowders, snapper, or a pan-fried halibut. Green salads and fried mushrooms work perfectly with this wine too. So, if you’re counting on a vegetarian entrée this season, this Pinot Grigio has got you covered! 

 3. Belle Glos Balade Pinot Noir 2020

This dark purplish red Belle Glos Balade Pinot Noir from our collection of fine wines should be on everyone’s list to try this summer. Hailing from California’s coasts, this Pinot brings forth aromas of cherry, toasted oak,  earthy vanilla, and cocoa nibs along with smokey, lush notes of nutmeg, cloves, and toasted almonds. Its fine-grained tannins give it an authentic structural depth, leaving you with a supple mouth feel. 

Top food pairing: This luxurious, yet refreshing, Pinot Noir pairs perfectly with shrimp, veal, and venison. 

4. Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon is made with handpicked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and further aged in small oak barrels for almost two years. Due to the long hang time of its fruit, this Cabernet has a strong flavour complexity with notes of sweet black cherry, zesty ripe plums, currants, and mocha, layered with tobacco and nuances of oak. 

Top food pairing: Due to its elegant structure, pair this with a grilled steak, lamb or hard cheese — gouda or aged cheddar work well. This wine pairs perfectly with red meats, making it a staple for barbeques this patio dining season. 

5. Coastal Vines Chardonnay 2020

This fruit-forward and medium dry wine, Coastal Vines Chardonnay 2020 is perfect for dining outdoors. Pale lemon in colour, this wine offers a hint of orange with bursts of oak and apple. 

Top food pairing: If you’re a pasta fan, you’re in luck! This Chardonnay pairs perfectly with any light pasta dish, light cheeses, chicken, and fish. 

Enjoy The Small Winemakers Collection wines while patio dining

At The Small Winemakers Collection, we believe patio dining is incomplete without a glass of our favourite wine. Elevate your dining outdoor experience by ordering wine online with The Small Winemakers Collection. This season, indulge in the best wines imported from around the world, with wines from Italy, Morocco, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

Elevate your patio dining experience this summer.


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