FriYAY: What Wines to Buy for Friday Night

FriYAY is the best day of the week hands down. Whether yours falls on a Sunday, a Thursday, or the actual day itself, it is cause for celebration and a big glass of something. Shake off all your week’s hardships with these amazing wines.

Unsworth Vineyards Charme De L’Ile, Cowichan Valley BC ($21)

Nothing sets the tone for a Friday evening better than bubbles. This classic drink of celebration should not be reserved for special occasions only, although one could argue that the anticipation of two glorious days of no work is celebration in itself. Unsworth’s prosecco-style sparkling wine, Charme De L’Ile, is a bottle that I frequently pop on a Friday night. This wine is elegant and fresh with zippy notes of green apple, pear and citrus with a dry finish. It’s a great pairing with pre-dinner appies or sipped on its own whilst you relish in that special Friday feeling.

Pewsey Vale Riesling, Eden Valley Australia ($22.49)

Wines with lively acidity to wake me up are my go-to on a Friday night. Once the delirious excitement wears off you often find yourself crashing and burning after a long, hard week. This wine’s got your back, don’t worry. Pewsey Vale makes premium Australian Riesling at a great price point and it is delicious. Expect flavours of white peach, pineapple, lemon, lime and elegant dry minerality on the palate.

Cusumano Nero D’Avola Terre Sicilane IGT, Sicily Italy ($16.49)

If staying in on a Friday night is more your style then I highly recommend you kick back with this delicious Italian red by Cusumano. Nero D’Avola is Sicily’s favourite grape and it makes a wine that is bold in peppery, plummy flavour but possess beautiful silky tannins. Pair this wine with pizza and a warm fire to welcome the weekend in style.

Granville Island Osake Junmai Nama, Vancouver BC ($14.49)

Why not step a little out of your comfort zone on a Friday night and try something new? Vancouver-based sakemaker, Masa Shiroki, makes stunning rice wine at his store on Granville Island. Junmai Nama has fresh acidity on the palate with flavours of melon, pear and rice. It is lovely to sip on its own and even better with any kind of Asian cuisine.

—By Anna Romeyn

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