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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.