Dick Taylor Chocolate
I am always in the market for some good, artisanal chocolate, especially when the bar in question involves a healthy spindling of salt. The Fleur De Sel bar from Dick Taylor Chocolate is the perfection combination of smoky, salty, bitter and sweet. It has a great snap to it and is as smooth as can be. Forget fine wine, fine chocolate is all I need!
Jacob’s Creek Moscato
I love a good Moscato anytime of year but it is definitely best consumed in summer, out on a sunny patio. Jacob’s Creek Moscato is perfectly sweet and fruity on its own, however you couldn’t go wrong adding it to sangria with some watermelon or stone fruit either!
About $12. Available at most liquor stores.
— Mallory Frayn, contributor, @cuzilikechocolat
I’m thrilled to see Švyturys (pronounced Schvitories) beer in Calgary! New into our city, this is the most popular beer in Lithuania and was the first beer from Lithuania to win international acclaim (it took the gold and the silver at the World Beer Cup). It’s a lager and ideal for summer, but has a surprising and, for me, welcome rich depth of flavour and soft carbonation. For those who appreciate beer with flavour, it’s definitely not your yellow and fizzy stuff. Look out for Švyturys Old Port Ale and Baltic Dark Red too!
500 mL bottle about $3.50 at liquor stores with good beer selections.
— Linda Garson, editor-in-chief/publisher, @vineanddine
Iberico Ham – Black Pig Bistro
I have been dreaming about this appetizer ever since I first tasted it two weeks ago. The Iberico Ham at the newly opened Black Pig Bistro in Bridgeland is served on a fresh baguette with a tomato rub. Together, the combination is unforgettable but make sure you taste the ham on its own for a full profile of its rich flavours.
— Laura Lushington, digital media editor, @LauraLushington
Summerhill Cipes Brut (NV)
Each year, more of our domestic producers make sparkling wines – and since 1991 BC’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery has won awards for their champagne-style bubbly. As sunny days become the norm, I call on winemaker Eric von Krosigk’s Cipes Brut for just about any occasion. Made in the traditional method, this sparkler is chardonnay joined by the fresh acidity of BC riesling. It’s an easy patio partner, pre-dinner sipper, or Tuesday night helper. Get your BC bubble on.
About $35. Available at select liquor stores.
— Jeannette Montgomery, contributor, @OkanaganWriting