Lujuria 2013 Merlot/Monastrell, Yecla, Spain
I think this is a solid, over-performing wine any day of the week. Layers upon layers of aromas including touches of smoke and mint leaf to go with ripe fruits, while in the mouth, the right balance of fruit and tannin without being heavy or over the top. Simply perfect for grilled pork, game, or just a great cheeseburger. Oh, and it’s a steal too at about $13-14 on the shelf.
— Tom Firth, contributing drinks editor, @cowtownwine
Morty Moose Sundae – The Scoopin’ Moose (Canmore)
For the longest time, Canmore didn’t have a place to go for a good, fat scoop of ice cream. Thankfully The Scoopin’ Moose brought an end to the ice cream drought and is now offering up cones, sundaes, crepes, you name it. Try the Morty Moose sundae with Scoopin’ Moose and chocolate ice creams, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate sauce and plenty of real whipped cream. Ice cream and summer go hand and hand, don’t they? It’s the ideal treat if you are out spending time in the mountains.
— Mallory Frayn, contributor @cuzilikechocolat
Fresh Fava Bean and Spring Pea Crostini with Pecorino Cheese, Mint and Pine Nuts – Tavola
My eat of the week isn’t from a Calgary restaurant — you can make it yourself at home in minutes with the brand new ‘Tavola’ iOS app showcasing Daniel Costa’s Italian-based recipes from his Corso 32 and Bar Bricco restaurants in Edmonton. There’s lots of easy and tasty dishes using just a few ingredients and ready in a hurry on this free app – big flavours and short prep time, perfect for these hot summer nights.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Lamb Chops – Cleaver
Make your way down to 17th Avenue to try Cleaver’s food ASAP. I adored the perfectly cooked lamb chops, which were served with a korma dipping sauce and toasted almonds. Pick up a lamb chop, dip it in the sauce and then roll in the almonds. The flavours are stellar, and you get to play with your food. Could you ask for anything more?
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
St. Hubertus 2012 Dry Riesling
Choosing a great summer wine is all about versatility. It should handle sunny days poolside (lower alcohol), provide a sense of refreshment (nice aromatics), and be a willing partner for a variety of foods (good acidity). Welcome to St. Hubertus 2012 Dry Riesling. Grown and crafted in Kelowna by brothers Leo and Andy Gebert, it has bright mineral aromas with lip-smacking acidity and enough residual sugar to make it a happily serious sunshine wine.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting