Wine About It

Ex­plore B.C.’S next big wine-coun­try con­tender, one glass at a time.

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The Nanaimo– Co­mox Val­ley area is as-yet un­sung as a wine re­gion, but it’s on the rise thanks to re­cent in­vest­ments (and rein­vest­ments) in es­tate winer­ies there in the past ve years. Here are three winer­ies within 90 min­utes of the Nanaimo ferry dock that are worth the trip.

Mill­stone Es­tate Win­ery

This six-acre win­ery on the Mill­stone River is only 10 min­utes from the Nanaimo har­bour. Take your glasses out to the back­yard pic­nic table for an al fresco happy hour with the chick­ens. If the weather is too hot or too wet,

the tast­ing room comes with

a nice se­lec­tion of orig­i­nal jazz and blues vinyl play­ing in the back­ground. Don’t miss the rosé (pairs well with Th­elo­nius Monk), or the caber­net franc (bet­ter with Jimmy Rush­ing).

Beau­fort Vine­yard and Es­tate Win­ery

Started in 2006, Beau­fort was bought by lm­maker James Cameron in 2014 be­cause he loved the prop­erty (and, pre­sum­ably, the wine). The cozy tast­ing room is in a ren­o­vated barn; a side pic­nic area over­looks the vine­yards and the Beau­fort Range. The wines are worth the hour­plus drive from Nanaimo to the Co­mox Val­ley. Try the Big Nose Red or the Beau­da­cious white, a blend of es­tate­grown Ger­man va­ri­etals.

40 Knots Vine­yard and Es­tate Win­ery

40 Knots has a sprawl­ing vine­yard ter­race where you can bring your own snacks— or they can pro­vide you with a pic­nic bas­ket lled with cheeses, smoked salmon and other morsels. Lauded B.C. wine­maker Michael Bartier con­sults and pro­vides them with Okana­gan-grown mer­lot grapes for their tasty Stall Speed mer­lot. For is­land-grown grapes, try the Un­cloaked chardon­nay or pinot noir.— T.B.

July 21/22 Har­vest­ing at Beau­fort Mill­stone Es­tate Win­ery 40 Knots

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