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