LCBO picks, Canadian wines, grilled cheese pairings and more … Thirsty Thursday

Each Thirsty Thursday we help you get ready for the weekend ahead with a round up of the best wine reviews and pairings from your fave winos, oenophiles and beyond . . .


  • 5 out-of-the-ordinary white wines worth trying
  • Stratus Gewurztraminer, Tarima Monastrell, Le Ferme Du Mont: Best LCBO Wines March 2 ::link::
  • Why is our great Canadian wine so underappreciated and relatively unknown around the world? ::link::
  • Two best buy wines and a rising star from California ::link::
  • Wine Is a Joy, Not This Year’s Oat Bran ::link::
  • Tips for sipping wine ::link::


A Curious Coupling … That Works

Grilled Cheese and Sparkling Wine

The combination of crisp, buttery, grilled bread, melted cheese, and a steaming bowl of tomato soup cannot be beat. But while you’re dunking your diagonally cut sandwich into that soup, can you have a glass of wine in your free hand? One that will complement this classic comfort food duo? Absolutely. Here is a trio of wines to consider.

Let’s start with sparkling wine. An inexpensive, refreshing blanquette de Limoux has lively bubbles and a dry profile to cut through the richness of all that butter and cheese. A well-chilled bottle can counteract the heat of the soup, and match with the acidity of tomatoes.

And don’t forget rosé. Not just a summertime sipper, dry rosé is one of the most versatile and food-friendly wines on the planet. If you have a wide variety of cheese to contemplate for your sandwich, rosé can cover a lot of flavor ground. The savory and herbaceous notes of the wine also work well with the tomato soup. Look for a heartier rosé, like examples from Tavel.

Read more: The Daily Meal.