The Sommelier: Justin Madol, Don Alfonso 1890, Best Sommelier of Ontario 2022

The Appellation: Vouvray Demi-Sec

AOP Key Varietals: Chenin Blanc
The Pairing: Glazed Golden Beets, Goat Cheese, Field Greens and Honey Vinaigrette


Wines, such as Vouvray Demi-Sec with their fresh mouth-watering acidity perfectly offset with the slightest hint of sweetness that keeps the palate feeling light in the summer heat. This wine style’s impression of ripe orchard fruit, wildflower meadows and hints of honey give the feeling of countryside fields under the sun. 


Pair Vouvray Demi-Sec with the bounties of summer found in a salad with glazed golden beets, goat cheese, field greens, and a honey vinaigrette. The brightness of Vouvray easily matches the freshness of the greens and balances the creaminess of the cheese while the off-dry character serves as counterpoint to the earthy bitterness of the beets.