You’ll say thanks after un­cork­ing th­ese B.C. finds

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for the fes­ti­val, or per­haps you’re al­ready there, en­joy. If you’re stuck at home like me, here are some out­stand­ing wines that high­light what B.C. winer­ies can do. And, as a bonus, they would pair per­fectly with Thanks­giv­ing din­ner. Hay­wire

2012 Switch­back Vine­yard

Pinot Gris Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia

Hay­wire is one of a sta­ble of wine la­bels made at the ul­tra­high-tech Okana­gan Crush Pad in Sum­mer­land, B.C.

Crush Pad own­ers Chris­tine Co­letta and Steve Lornie have big plans for the Okana­gan. They’re in the process of de­vel­op­ing top-qual­ity Pinot Noir on a for­mer hay field west of Sum­mer­land. They also have plans for Chardonnay, Ries­ling and Pinot Gris vine­yards at the site. Also in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment are Ital­ian wine ex­pert An­to­nio An­tonini and guru Pe­dro Parra of Chile.

While those ex­cit­ing wines are still a few years off, this Pinot Gris, from the Crush Pad’s es­tate Switch­back Vine­yard, is en­joy­ing the same star treat­ment. The vines are grown or­gan­i­cally — of­fi­cial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is ex­pected soon — and you can just feel the life em­a­nat­ing from this medium-bod­ied white.

It boasts re­fresh­ing acid­ity and vi­brant flavours of pear, peach, green ap­ple and a bit of orange pith with a long fin­ish.

Price: About $29 at Metro­vino and Kens­ing­ton Wine Mar­ket.

Drink: Now. The lively acid­ity and re­fresh­ing flavours would go well with the Thanks­giv­ing turkey or a baked ham. Screw cap; 13 per cent alc./vol. Joie­Farm 2013 Rose Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia The hus­band-and-wife team of Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble have built a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing fresh wines with bright fruit flavours.

Their Nara­mata, B.C., win­ery fo­cuses on the grapes grown in the French re­gions of Al­sace and Bur­gundy — think Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Mus­cat and Pinot Blanc.

This rose is a blend of Pinot Noir (60 per cent) and Gamay (40 per cent). The first sniff con­jures images of de­li­ciously ripe fruit sit­ting in your glass. It’s got a touch of sweet­ness and is brim­ming with straw­berry, wa­ter­melon, rasp­berry, cherry and rose petal aro­mas and flavours, plus a touch of herb and a dash of spice.

Price: About $30. Look for it at Bin 905, Bri­tan­nia Wine Mer­chants, Cloud 9 Liquor Store, Coop Wines Spir­its Beer, Crow­foot Cen­tre Liquor Store, CSN Wine and Spir­its, Five Vines Wine Craft Beer and Spir­its, High­lander Wine and Spir­its, Liquor De­pot at Brent­wood, Maria’s Fine Wines and Spir­its, Metro­vino, River­front Wine and Spir­its, Val­ley Ridge Liquor Store, Vine Arts Wine and Spir­its, Vine Styles, Wil­low Park Wines and Spir­its, Zyn The Wine Mar­ket,

Drink: Now, with a savoury ham, roasted yams or a berry cob­bler dessert. Cork; 12.5 per cent alc./vol. Tan­talus

2013 Ries­ling Okana­gan Val­ley, Bri­tish Columbia In Greek mythol­ogy, Tan­talus was a son of Zeus who wronged the gods and was pun­ished by hav­ing the ne­ces­si­ties of life — food and wa­ter — al­ways just out of reach.

Luck­ily, it’s easy to grab this Tan­talus, from a win­ery in south­east Kelowna. Lo­cated on prime land with Vi­tis vinifera vines dat­ing back to the 1970s — that’s old when you’re talk­ing about the Okana­gan — wine­maker David Pater­son fo­cuses on mak­ing wines that of­fer a sense of where they’re from. Es­sen­tially, that means wines that rep­re­sent the land, vine and cli­mate that led to what’s in the bot­tle.

Pater­son, who was born in Canada, but grew up in New Zealand, has crafted a dandy here, with flavours and aro­mas of green ap­ple, pear, min­eral, le­mon, lime, a bit of apri­cot and a flinty spici­ness. It boasts a firm back­bone of acid­ity, with just enough sugar to bal­ance ev­ery­thing out.

Price: About $33. Check with th­ese stores if you’re look­ing for it: Bin 905, The Cel­lar, Co-op Wines Spir­its Beer, Crow­foot Cen­tre Liquor Store, CSN Wine and Spir­its, Enotecca Liquor Store and Spe­cialty Spir­its, High­lander Wine and Spir­its, Kens­ing­ton Wine Mar­ket, Metro­vino, Oak and Vine, OK Liquor Store, Vine Arts Wine & Spir­its, Vine Styles, VR Wine, Wil­low Park Wines and Spir­its, Zyn The Wine Mar­ket.

Drink: Now, or you could age it for five years. It’s cry­ing out for a le­mon-roasted chicken or turkey. Screw cap; 12.8 per cent alc./vol.

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WRIT­TEN BY AND AND ER, IS IN STORES NOW. DM.OLEKSYN DOLEKSYN. SPE­CIFIC WINE MEN­TIONED HERE? WINE IN­VEN­TO­RIES ARE AL­WAYS IN FLUX, IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO CALL THE STORE

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