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The Skinny on Skuttlebutt

Western Australia’s Margaret River, a four-hour drive south of capital city Perth, is considered to be the Bordeaux of Down Under, and Stella Bella winery is consistently rated 5 stars by Australia’s top wine critic, James Halliday. With vineyards tempered by the cool breezes coming off the Indian Ocean, a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas is ready to mesmerize the consumer. It’s the hot bed of top-quality Cabernet Sauvignons. But the Bordeaux style white wine blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are not to be missed.

On the nose, we get bursts of passionfruit, crushed limes and stone fruit. The palate sings with zesty citrus flavours backed up by a gentle acidity. It is drinking beautifully on its own and is the perfect reception wine for guests as the brand name Skuttlebutt suggests.

The Skuttlebutt was the source of fresh drinking water on sailing ships of the past. This is where the crew would gather and catch up on news and gossip, not unlike the modern-day office water cooler. The connection to all things nautical means that when we are looking for a tasty food pairing, we should not overlook to the bounty of our oceans. How about grilled scallops served on a bed of linguine tossed in a basil garlic pesto. And after the meal? Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes have crisp flavour profiles that pair well with cheddar or any sharp, semi-hard cheese.

2022 Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon LCBO # 47621, $19.95