Go Canada: Wines worth a place on the podium

This se­lec­tion gets you into the Olympic spirit

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life -

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)

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