Discovery Zone

Discovery Zone

DISCOVERY ZONE opens the doors to the fabulous world of wine, complete with new arrivals and fantastic finds, all at a great price! Next time you’re shopping at IGA, make sure to check out this new wine section stocked with a wide variety of bottles for every occasion.  

PROMOTION

From July 2 to August 12, 2020

Buy 5 bottles of wine from our Discovery zone during one or more visits and get $20 off on your other grocery products.*

*Present your AIR MILES® card with every transaction. Get your $20 rebate on your other grocery products in store with the purchase of your 5th bottles (minimum $20 purchase before taxes, certain exclusions apply).

INSPIRATION OF THE MOMENT

What better time to try out flavoured wines than when the mercury is rising? These fruity alternatives are light, easy to enjoy and have a lower alcohol content than regular wines. Perfect on their own or over ice for an extra refreshing experience. Garnish with a citrus rind or local berries.

AROMATIC AND ROBUST

Aromatique et Charnu

This taste tag is perfect for fans of strong, robust wine! Wines with this taste tag are easily recognized by their deep red colour and dominant notes of fruit, spice, and wood. Their robust profile is a result of their powerful tannins. 

Here are two must-try “aromatic and robust” reds:  

Botella Oscura Cabernet
Botella Oscura Cabernet

Let yourself be charmed by this Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain, with its red-violet tint and complex bouquet of raspberry and blackcurrant jam. This wine boasts perfect balance and a rich and pleasant mouthfeel. 

Perfect pairings

Keep it simple by pairing this wine with red meat, marinated and grilled on the BBQ. If you love sauce dishes, opt for duck, lamb, deer, or beef. Think beef in a creamy mushroom sauce, filet mignon with pepper cream sauce, or deer in a red wine sauce. Feel like comfort food? Go with a spicy sausage dish, like venison sausage casserole.

Le Clermont

With its deep purple colour, aromas of ripe berries, caramel, and dried raspberries, this French Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to please everyone! On the palate, it exudes notes of black plum, caramel, and herbs. The long persistent finish is robust and tannic.

Perfect pairings

Raclette is the perfect laidback supper to enjoy with this flavourful red. Another easy and delicious option is Italian sausage pizza. The wine’s complex aromas would really highlight the flavours in both of these meals. Do you BBQ year round? Pair this bottle of red with marinated flank steak!

Le Clermont

AROMATIC AND MELLOW

Aromatic and mellow

With a richer texture and milder acidity than whites from the other taste tag categories, these dry whites are sure to be a hit at dinner! They exude intense aromas of spice, toasted bread, and exotic fruit. Very well balanced and approachable, their fatty texture leaves a velvety finish on the palate. 

Two “aromatic and mellow” whites worth discovering: 

Opulence chardonnay
Opulence chardonnay

This Languedoc white is brimming with fruit aromas, such as pineapple, melon, and pink grapefruit. Well-rounded, it boasts refreshing flavours of tropical fruit and fresh citrus. The slightly acidic finish is delicious, fruity, and fresh. 

Perfect pairings

Simplicity is key when it comes to pairing this Chardonnay. If you’re a fan of seafood, treat yourself to a creamy shrimp risotto or savoury lobster crepes. For those busy weeknights, try creamy pasta or white meat dishes such as turkey. Craving sushi? Go ahead—this white pairs perfectly with it! 

Utopi Grenache Blanc

You’ll love how vibrant this white from Languedoc is, with its aromas of wild flowers, lychee, and vanilla. On the palate, rich flavours of watermelon mingle with refreshing orange zest, resulting in an explosive finish.

Perfect pairings

Served chilled at happy hour alongside a cheese platter or fried shrimp... simply delicious! In the mood for a hearty plate of comfort food? White meat in a cream sauce is the perfect dish to pair with this white. If you’re planning a chicer, more festive evening, opt for seafood!

Utopi Grenache Blanc

AROMATIC AND SUPPLE

Aromatic and Supple

Reds from this category are very versatile! Medium-bodied with supple tannins, they boast a well-rounded structure. They are characterized by aromas such as ripe fruits (plums, raspberries), wood, smoke, and spices. 

Here are two “aromatic and supple” reds to try:

Viva versa Cabernet Sauvignon
Viva versa Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile will whisk you away with its delicious notes of caramel and spice. Packed with flavour, it exudes powerful notes of raspberry, cherry, and spice. Elegant and warm, this red is nicely balanced and boasts a solid structure.

Perfect pairings

Keep it simple—pair this Chilean red with a good old steak! Another great option would be spicy sausages served with a side of grilled veggies.

Le Clermont Pinot noir

You’ll fall for this red’s complex and delicate aromas. A Pinot Noir from Languedoc, it rivals even the finest of wines. With refreshing notes of raspberry, black tea, and vanilla, it’s the perfect wine for your next festive get-together!  

Perfect pairings

Serve this Pinot Noir at happy hour with a platter of semi-firm cheeses and charcuteries. At dinner, pair it with stews or casseroles (vegetable beef stew, for example), or poultry dishes inspired by the southwest of France, such as chicken Basquaise.

Le Clermont Pinot noir

DELICATE AND LIGHT

Delicate and Light

For a drink in the sun or lunch with friends, white wines with this taste tag are a popular pick. They stand out for their pale colour and subtle fruit aromas (green apple, citrus, pear). They boast a touch of acidity that results in a refreshing profile.  

Here are two “delicate and light” whites you’ll definitely want to try: 

Soñar Pinot Grigio
Soñar Pinot Grigio 

You’ll be seduced by its yellow and golden hue and fruity aromas. This Italian Pinot Grigio strikes the perfect balance: rich and sumptuous, with a beautifully complex finish. 

Perfect pairings

When it comes to pairing this Pinot Grigio, let yourself be inspired by Italian classics. If you’re serving it at happy hour, pair it with a platter of antipasti (think grissini, bocconcici, prosciutto and marinated olives). For dinner, serve up a rich plate of Fettuccini Alfredo, or a crisp chicken Caesar salad. Buon appetito!

Alta Gama, Maria Gomes

With its gorgeous straw colour and delicious flavours of peach and hazelnut, this is one Portuguese white for the books. It boasts a rich mouthfeel and a refreshing finish.

Perfect pairings

Hosting an oyster party? Grab a bottle of this refreshing white—it’ll really highlight the oysters’ delicate flavours. It’s also great paired with light and simple dishes, such as chicken or grilled shrimp salad.

Alta Gama, Maria Gomes

FRUITY AND SWEET

Fruity and Sweet

You’ll instantly fall for these wines with dominant notes of fruit. Semi-dry wines from the “fruity and sweet” taste tag are great served with sweet & salty dishes, like Asian-inspired recipes. Liquor wines are the drink of predilection when it comes time to serve dessert. Semi-dry wines are generally served between 8 and 10°C, while liquor wines are served between 6 and 7°C. Sweet wines are at their best served around 8°C.

Here’s a “fruity and sweet” wine worth discovering: 

Gold Dus
Gold Dus

Gold Dus wines are inspired by the determination and passion of the gold hunters who established themselves in Australia in the 19th century. This wine is characterized by its pale yellow colour and delicate aromas of flowers and baked green apples. It is light on the palate and exudes fresh accents of fruit.

Perfect pairings

This wine will bring lightness and freshness to your meal! Serve it as an aperitif alongside scallop bites, or pour yourself a glass with a plate of sushi or a crisp California salad. It’s also great paired with a cheese and charcuterie platter.

FRUITY AND MEDIUM-BODIED

Fruity and medium-bodied

These wines offer a deep red colour and delicious fruity aromas that your guests are sure to love. Not woody, “fruity and medium-bodied” wines stand out for their sustained yet subtle tannins. They are particularly flavourful and very accessible. They have no added artificial flavours—their red-fruit aromas come naturally from grapes. 

Here are two fruity and medium-bodied wines worth discovering:

Esprit Rebelle Syrah Grenache
Esprit Rebelle Syrah Grenache

This red combines two grape varieties—Syrah and Grenache—giving it balance and character. Its ripe and candied fruit flavours are offset by spicy notes and smooth tannins.

Perfect pairings

The supple tannins from this wine pair perfectly with your nonna’s tomato sauce. Carnivores will also love it: this medium-bodied wine has enough structure to enhance the flavours of braised lamb, steak or pork roast dishes. 

Surreal Syrah

The Surreal Syrah is robust. A deep shade of purple, it is deliciously complex and sure to please even the most knowledgeable connoisseurs. Its sweet aromas evoke persistent notes of currant, cedar, and vanilla.

Perfect pairings

The spicy undertones of this wine bring out the flavours in your burgers or skewered filet mignon. If you’re hosting cocktail hour, it pairs really well with a cheesy nacho platter.

Surreal Syrah

FRUITY AND LIGHT

Fruity and Light

Wines from this taste tag are versatile, simple and refreshing. They offer delightful strawberry and banana aromas and supple tannins, and are best enjoyed young.

Here is a rosé and a red from the “fruity and light” taste tags for you to try:

Maison de Châtillon Grenache
Maison de Châtillon Grenache

A sparking ruby-coloured rosé, it combines the Grenache and Syrah varieties—a feast for your palate! This Languedoc wine offers subtle aromas from small red berries, and its raspberry and lychee flavours build up to a truly refreshing finale. 

Perfect pairings

Keep it light and simple when pairing this rosé with food. We recommend serving it with a summer tomato or niçoise salad, grilled chicken or cold cut baguette sandwiches.

Alta Gama Castelao

This Portuguese red features the complex aromas of blackcurrant, black cherries, and raspberries. The hint of small wild fruit gives it a burst of flavour that everyone will love!

Perfect pairings

Lamb chops and flank steak are excellent choices for this medium-bodied wine. Also, blue cheese and Alta Gama make for a scrumptious wine and cheese!

Alta Gama Castelao

FRUITY AND VIBRANT

Fruity and Vibrant

Add a hint of summer to your table with wines from the “fruity and vibrant” taste tag category, which offer citrus and exotic fruit aromas. Their fruity flavours are typically combined with delicate floral and mineral notes. They give the palate a certain richness and pleasant acidity.

Here are two “fruity and vibrant” wines you simply must try:

Ve Ne Dà

Ve Ne Dà

You will be charmed by this vibrant and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, with slightly smoked ripe grape and honeydew aromas. A feast for the eyes and the palate, this pretty straw-coloured wine has character, and wildflower citrus and honey flavours.

Perfect pairings

The citrusy notes of this wine are sure to bring out the delicate taste of your fish and shrimp ceviche. Its refreshing aspect also creates a striking contrast when paired with mahi-mahi burgers. If gazpacho is your thing, know that this wine pairs perfectly with cold summer soups.

Aperto, Fumé Blanc

Travel through the comfort of your own home with this white wine—its subtle herb aromas are reminiscent of jalapeño peppers and lime zest. Its light grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours balance out its delicate acidity nicely.

Perfect pairings

This wine is a delicious echo to a fresh summer salad. As an appetizer or dessert, its great delicacy pairs well with a cheese platter. Its hint of citrus makes it an exquisite choice for seafood.

Aperto, fumé Blanc