Go Canada: Wines worth a place on the podium
This selection gets you into the Olympic spirit
The Olympic Winter Games are just a week away. Our athletes head to Sochi, Russia, trying to match the magical results of 2010, where Canada set a Games record with 14 gold medals in Vancouver.
I still get goose bumps thinking about the amazing performances by our nation’s best competitors, including Sidney Crosby’s overtime winner to give Canada hockey gold in the Games’ final event. We can only hope our athletes can stay on top of the podium. With the Games in mind, here are some Canadian wines worthy of a spot on the podium — or at least in your wine rack. Tawse Winery
2012 Sketches Riesling (Niagara Peninsula,
Ontario) Bow Liquor, Centre Street North Liquor Store, Cloud 9 Liquor Store, Heritage Wine and Spirits, Liquor Depot at Brentwood and Mount Royal, Highlander Liquor Store, Kensington Wine Market, Sobeys Liquor Store, Willow Park Wines and Spirits.
Drink: Now. Enjoy it on its own or with an egg brunch. Screw cap; 13 per cent alc./vol. Perseus Winery
2011 Merlot (British Columbia) Situated in Penticton, Perseus Winery is one of the newer players in the Okanagan Valley. The winery was established in 2008 and makes its vino at the Okanagan Crush Pad in nearby Summerland.
While the winery is based in Penticton, it has vineyards throughout both the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. This Merlot comes from the sunny Similkameen, located west of Oliver. You’ll find aromas and flavours of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and black licorice, with a touch of dried herbs in a fairly serious, tannic package.
Price: $28. It’s available at Liquor Depot at Brentwood and McKenzie Towne, OK Liquor and Solo Liquor.
Drink: Now, or age it five years. The winery suggests pairing it with mushroom pasta or beef short ribs. A good decanting should loosen up the tannins. Screw cap; 14.4 per cent alc./vol. Tinhorn Creek
2010 Oldfield Series
2Bench Red (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia)