The Province - - LIVE IT! - JAMES NE­VI­SON

Well, here we are. We’ve ar­rived at the book­end of Au­gust, and the dis­tress­ing “end of sum­mer” tropes and “back to school” chimes al­ready feel over­played.

You know who gets to de­cide when sum­mer is over? You do, that’s who! Be­sides, tech­ni­cally speak­ing, this year sum­mer does not end un­til Fri­day, Sept. 22. So get back out into the sun­shine and keep on pour­ing some sum­mer wine clas­sics.

THE SWIRL: The Great Cana­dian Beer Fes­ti­val

The Great Cana­dian Beer Fes­ti­val re­turns to Vic­to­ria’s Royal Ath­letic Park (1014 Cale­do­nia Ave, Vic­to­ria) Sept. 8-9 for an­other mas­sive, 25th An­niver­sary beer-soaked week­end. The event runs 4-9 p.m. on Fri­day and noon-5 p.m. on Satur­day, and one-day tick­ets are $43 (in­clud­ing tax and ser­vice fee).

For com­plete de­tails, in­clud­ing a list of this year’s par­tic­i­pat­ing brew­ers, head to twit­­glass

A Sun­day in Au­gust 2015 Ries­ling, Bri­tish Columbia (around $22, avail­able at se­lect pri­vate liquor stores)

Ad­mit­tedly, the name alone screams “pair me with sum­mer.” And while all the Sundays in Au­gust may have elapsed, this bright Ries­ling will taste just as good on a Sun­day in Septem­ber.

A Sun­day in Au­gust is a new wine com­pany fo­cused on pro­duc­ing “… beau­ti­ful, ac­ces­si­ble wines that we want to drink.” Made from Ries­ling grown sus­tain­ably in the Sim­ilka­meen Val­ley, it throws am­ple cit­rus and stone fruit aro­mas with an easy­go­ing bal­ance of acid­ity and fruit sweet­ness be­fore a smooth fin­ish. Bot­tom line: B “Fun and ap­proach­able.”

Be Bike 2016 Gar­nacha Or­ganic Rosé, Spain ($16.99, #34874)

One of the best ways to keep sum­mer go­ing into the “R” months is to keep drink­ing rosé! Its pink bliss helps ward away any nag­ging, cloudy doubts well past Labour Day. A newish rosé to lo­cal shelves, Be Bike hails from Navarra, a Span­ish wine re­gion known for its juicy, dry rosado (A.K.A. rosé). Made from or­gan­i­cally-grown Gar­nacha; Be Bike keeps to form: juicy berry fruit in a plush, crowd-pleas­ing style over­all that works well poured along­side grilled salmon or burg­ers.

Bot­tom line: B- “Strange name, juicy rosé.”

Fairview 2015 Goats do Roam, South Africa ($13.99 lim­ited time of­fer un­til Septem­ber 2, #633206)

Your BBQ sea­son is far from over, right? Don’t even think about putting that cover on the grill.

Now get out a bot­tle of Goats do Roam. There’s noth­ing like a hearty red to marry with a ro­bust grilled meal, which is ex­actly Goat do Roam’s kick. Made from a blend of Fair­trade-cer­ti­fied and sourced Shi­raz, Gre­nache, Mourve­dre, Petite Si­rah, and Cin­sault, this clas­sic BBQ red is a full-on flavour bomb of dark fruit and herbs with good over­all body and a bold, spicy fin­ish. It’s per­fect served with grilled lamb or beef. Bot­tom line: B “Ro­bust but not over the top.”

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