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bold red blend that re­tails for about $30. You’ll need to buy his new wines on­line: har­rym­cwat­ters.com.

A lit­tle far­ther west, Fort Berens Es­tate Win­ery is lo­cated at Lil­looet, with con­sult­ing wine­maker Tom Di­Bello, who pre­vi­ously worked at CedarCreek. The 2011 Ries­ling fea­tures all Lil­looet fruit — ex­cit­ing. For more info: fort­berens.ca.

Be­low, three more B.C. wines to be ex­cited about: Cal­gar­i­ans as well as ac­tor Ja­son Pri­est­ley. This year, in re­sponse to fans look­ing for a more ev­ery­day, bar­gain­priced wine, the team has re­leased the mouth-wa­ter­ing Cel­lar Hand Free Run White and the equally sat­is­fy­ing Cel­lar Hand Punch Down Red.

Punch Down refers to the act of push­ing the grape skins into the fer­ment­ing wine, to cre­ate bet­ter colour and flavour. Seems to me it worked. This is a crowd-pleas­ing, easy-toslurp red that looks fun and tastes more ex­pen­sive than it re­ally is. If you’re a fan of red blends like Tri­bunal or Sokol Blosser’s new Evo­lu­tion Red, give this Black Hills cre­ation a go.

Price: About $25 at se­lect Crow­foot Wine & Spir­its, High­lander Wine & Spir­its, Wil­low Park Wine & Spir­its and, in Cochrane, at Vine­stone Wine Co.

Drink: Now, with steak, roast beef, pizza, gourmet burg­ers. Screw cap.

Some­times, when you least ex­pect it, a wine will pop out of a crowd and sur­prise you. I was tasting a big flight (a.k.a. sev­eral bot­tles) of dif­fer­ent pinks. They were pretty, fun, but mostly sort of for­get­table. Then this one — from one of Canada’s best-known winer­ies — stood up and de­manded to be no­ticed.

It’s stylish and crisp, with grape­fruit, rhubarb and cin­na­mon notes. I liked it so much, I went out and bought more.

Price: About $15 at se­lect Co-op Wine & Spir­its, High­lander Wine & Spir­its, Oak and Vine, Var­sity Wine Mer­chants and Wil­low Park Wines & Spir­its. Drink: Now, with sal­ads, char­cu­terie or pic­nic fare. Screw cap. Serve chilled. vignon, Caber­net Franc all meet to cre­ate an amaz­ing wal­lop of ripe berries, jam, spice, mocha and vanilla.

If the price for this wine is too much for you, con­sider Po­plar Grove’s side la­bel, Mon­ster Vine­yards; the Mon­ster Cabs re­tails for about $20 in Cal­gary. And the Po­plar Groves Mer­lot is no slouch in the taste depart­ment; it’s $30 a bot­tle.

Price: The Legacy is about $60 at The Cel­lar, Enoteca, se­lect Crow­foot Wine & Spir­its, Solo Liquor, Zyn.ca and Wil­low Park Wines & Spir­its. In Lethbridge, it’s at Ev­ery­thing Wine and More.

Drink: Now, with grilled steak, other beef dishes or game, or just en­joy it by it­self. This one should cel­lar beau­ti­fully for at least an­other four or five years, if not longer. Cork clo­sure.

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