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is rich, though the sweet­ness is kept in check quite well. It’s an easy, un­pre­ten­tious sip­per made by a Chilean win­ery. Look for flavours of cas­sis, black­berry, plum and mocha.

Price: About $15. It’s widely avail­able, check your near­est liquor store.

Drink: Now, bar­be­cued ribs, sal­mon or on its own. Cork; 14 per cent alc./vol. Quails’ Gate

2013 Chas­se­las-Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia

Perched above Okana­gan Lake in West Kelowna, Quails’ Gate is mark­ing its 25th an­niver­sary this year. Al­ways a top per­former in the val­ley, the win­ery wel­comed a new wine­maker last fall when Cal­gary-born Nikki Call­away came down the road from nearby Mis­sion Hill Fam­ily Es­tate win­ery.

The wines ap­pear to be in good hands with Call­away, who trained in Bordeaux, France and worked in South Africa be­fore re­turn­ing to Canada. She has crafted a fresh and lively white blend fea­tur­ing Chas­se­las, the first Vi­tis vinifera grape grown at Quails’ Gate. The blend ex­udes flavours of red grape­fruit, peach, lime, green ap­ple and a bit of flow­ery sweet­ness.

Price: About $20. It’s widely avail­able through­out the city.

Drink: Now. Boast­ing vi­brant acid­ity, this would pair well with oys­ters, scal­lops, crab cakes or cheese fon­due. Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alc./vol. Wente Vine­yards

2012 Riva Ranch Chardon­nay Ar­royo Seco, Mon­terey,

Cal­i­for­nia Wente Vine­yards’ wine­mak­ing his­tory dates back to 1883 in Cal­i­for­nia’s Liver­more Val­ley, east of San Fran­cisco. In fact, no Amer­i­can win­ery has been con­tin­u­ously owned and op­er­ated by the same fam­ily for so long.

The win­ery has built a strong rep­u­ta­tion dur­ing the past 131 years, es­pe­cially when it comes to Chardon­nay, a grape that was em­braced by the Wentes. Decades of work­ing with the Chardon­nay grape, orig­i­nally from France, led to the devel­op­ment of a unique va­ri­ety called the Wente Chardon­nay clone. It is now grown by winer­ies through­out Cal­i­for­nia.

Boast­ing ripe fruit flavours of peach, pineap­ple and stewed ap­ple, with vanilla, browned but­ter and tar­ragon notes, this medi­um­bod­ied wine from Mon­terey, about 180 kilo­me­tres south of San Fran­cisco, of­fers a smooth, fresh fin­ish.

Price: You can find it for about $20. Try Costco, Crow­foot Cen­tre Liquor Store, Oak and Vine Wine and Spir­its, OK Liquor Store, Real Cana­dian Liquor Store, Spir­its of Cranston and Wil­low Park Wines & Spir­its. Drink: Now, with beer can chicken, baked pork chops or corn on the cob. Cork; 13.5 per cent alc./vol. Mo­raine Es­tate Win­ery

2012 Pinot Noir Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia Mo­raine is a fairly new en­ter­prise on the site of the for­mer Zero Bal­ance Win­ery on the Nara­mata Bench, north of Pen­tic­ton, B.C. Own­ers Oleg and Svet­lana Aris­tarkhov join the long list of for­mer Al­ber­tans who have been lured to Bri­tish Columbia by wine’s spell.

Oleg, an elec­tri­cal engi­neer, and Svet­lana were both born in Rus­sia, though they lived in Ed­mon­ton for 17 years be­fore pur­chas­ing the win­ery site in 2011.

This is the first Pinot Noir they have pro­duced with wine­maker Jacq Kemp. Medium-full-bod­ied and dry, it of­fers a smoky, earthy nose and flavours of cur­rant, cran­berry, wild rasp­berry, straw­berry and to­bacco, with some spice on the fin­ish. There’s a nice depth of flavour here. A great first ef­fort.

Price: About $32. Look for it at The Cel­lar, Maria’s Fine Wines and Spir­its, Olympia Liquor Store, Sobeys Liquor, Wil­low Park Wines & Spir­its.

Drink: Now, or set it aside for a few years. En­joy it with duck dishes, lamb sou­vlaki or grilled mush­room pizza. Screw cap; 13.3 per cent alc./vol.





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