Ever need to relax and unwind after a day at the office? Sometimes we need to stop and appreciate the sight of a beautiful sunset, the feeling of a light breeze and the sound of a flowing waterfall. Complement your evening with the perfect glass of wine. We recently found this article in the Calgary Herald that revealed the best wines to pair with your evening outdoors.

relax deck cocktailRelaxing outdoors before dinner?

The author suggests Spring Valley Wine 2012 Pinot Noir Rose from Marborough, New Zealand. Available at many local Calgary wine stores, this fruit wine is full of notes of strawberries, raspberries and roses. Sounds like a garden in a glass.

Grilling on the barbeque?

There’s nothing like chargrilled red meat with a sweet red wine pairing. The article recommends an Argentinean red, 1884 Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon. Easily found at many wine retailers (Co-op Wine Beer Spirits, Liquor Depot, Sobeys), this Cab Sauv offers the lush flavours plum, spice, mocha, vanilla and blackcurrant, balanced with ripeness and acidity. It pairs excellently with common barbeque entrees like steak, burgers and ribs.

Enjoying the sunset with a dessert?

A fine ending to any day, a glass of Italian Moscato d’Asti Bricco Quaglia (Ast, Piedmont, Italy) pairs well with creamy desserts. This sparkling wine captures the essence of green grapes, apricot, honey and flower blossoms, creating the perfect patio experience and a sweet ending to your day.

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