Splash of Wine: If you can't visit Europe this summer, at least you can drink French, Italian, and German wines

Here are 3 wines under $29 for arm-chair travellers

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      You know we love B.C. wine here at the Straight, but, with COVID-19 having wiped out our international travel plans, we’re going on a journey this time out via three wines from Europe.

      They're all under $30. You can sip and dream of that next visit overseas.

      Marchesi di Barolo - Moscato D'Asti Zagara 2018

      BC Liquor Stores Select, $28.99

      This sweet sparkler from Piedmont’s 150-year-old Marchesi di Barolo winery is aromatic, floral, and low in alcohol, at just 5 percent ABV. Serve it chilled with a cheese plate, strawberry pie, grilled peaches, or, for a classic Italian pairing, luscious hazelnut nougat.

      L’Opaline - Côteaux Varois en Provence 2019

      BC Liquor Stores Select, $24.99

      Here for summer then gone, this delightfully dry, pale pink rose is crisp and classy. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it’s produced by Pure Provence winery in Coteaux Varois en Provence, a key Provencal appellation. Throw some prawns, scallops, and peppers on the grill then slide them all onto a Caesar salad—done like dinner.

      Selbach Riesling 2017 Mosel

      BC Liquor Stores, $18.99 until September 5; then $19.99

      Selbach-Oster has a 400-year history of making wine in the Mosel Valley, Germany’s oldest wine region (and what's reportedly the largest area of extremely steep vineyard land on the planet). This off-dry, fresh, green apple-y Riesling makes for easy drinking—and pairing. Nachos? Why not? Barbecued ribs? Sure. Dan Dan noodles? Yup. Green salad with feta and fresh B.C. blueberries? Definitely.