Wine for Girls' Night Out

Picks to Help Make Your Evening Out More Enjoyable

Wine for Girls' Night Out

I am always being asked by members of the fairer sex for recommendations to make the best of their nights with the gals. As you know, these evenings are terribly important to us as those opportunities to vent and share ideas can become so rare and precious when we start families or new jobs and get swamped with the responsibilities of life. Below are only a few ideas that would certainly make that evening sans garçons all the more enjoyable.

McWilliams’ Hanwood Estate Moscato NV, South East, Australia, LCBO 212696, $13.00

A gentle bubbly that won’t break the bank is a welcome to addition to any girls’ night out, or in! With only 6% alcohol and succulent tropical, honeyed fruit, this type of wine can help you keep pace without sacrificing flavour or body. Made in a traditional Moscato d’Asti style from Northern Italy, this new world version is also pleasantly sweet and can equally be used as a palate cleanser between dinner courses, as an aperitif with hors d’hoeuvres or as a pairing with light desserts. The mild fizz is also helpful in settling a stomach after a rich meal.



Tawse Sketches Of Niagara Chardonnay 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, 89037, $19.95

What I love about this wine is not only that it is local but that it is a stellar example of the world class Chardonnays we are capable of producing here at home. Tawse has now received international acclaim for their Chardonnays and this very affordable version is not to be missed. The wine is both robust and elegant giving it plenty of versatility whether if you want to enjoy it with food or just with conversation. Regardless it is a wine complex enough to be appreciated by our sophisticated palates.


Terre Del Barolo Barbaresco 2006, DOCG, Piedmont, Italy, Vintages 230714 $24.95

Barbaresco and Barolo, two adjacent appellations in Northern Italy, produce very memorable and highly coveted wine from the same grape varietal, Nebbiolo. While Barolo tends to be more muscular, masculine and more ageworthy, Barbararesco’s personality is inclined to be more sultry, sassy and feminine with elegant floral aromatics, silky tannins and great length. At a very reasonable price, this Barbaresco is a perfect accompaniment for a gathering of great female intellects.


Perrin & Fils Tavel Rosé 2010, Ac, Rhone, France, 680801, $19.95

Tavel is no ordinary rosé, to the point where inhabitants of this charming village refuse to call this dry, pink beauty a rosé at all. With greater ageing potential than most rosés, Tavel is infused with the scents of Provence such as lavender, thyme and rosemary. It is elegant, complex and refreshing with enough substance to delight through all the seasons. Pair with plethora of appetizers, most notably smoked salmon but know that it has enough gusto to work well with dishes as potent as lamb couscous.

Sara d'Amato is a Toronto-based wine consultant, sommelier and feature critic at A graduate of the University of Toronto and Niagara College's winery and viticulture technician program, she was the youngest and only woman to win the grand prize at Canadian Renaissance Wine Tasting Challenge in 2006 as featured in CBC's Wine Confidential Documentary. Sara has been awarded The Ontario Hosteliery's Top 30 Under 30 Award and is a staunch promoter of local wine and gastroculture.

Sara is a member of the Wine Writer's Circle of Canada and continues to participate in judging wine competitions across the country. Currently, Sara sits on the board of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.