the WINE GUY
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 www.gcbf.com. twitter.com/hadaglass
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.”