Red wine galore
Red wine and fall are synonymous at our house. With the evenings cooler and darker, my wife, Kerry, and I gravitate to a glass of Syrah with shepherd’s pie or Merlot with pizza.
Unfortunately, evenings on the deck with a glass of sunny Pinot Gris are over in the Okanagan until May.
So, make the best of fall, get cozy, cocoon, and pull the cork on a bottle of red.
Red wine is naturally richer, bolder, spicier and plusher than white, so it’s custom made to elevate a humdrum winter night to something to look forward to.
A red to definitely look forward to is the Vanessa 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ($80).
Vanessa is a premium red specialist from the Similkameen that has turned hot summer days, the fruit from a sunny and rocky southwest facing vineyard and fastidious winemaking by Howard Soon into a powerhouse Cab Sauv.
You’ll get a complex and diverse set of aromas and flavours with this big, ripe and juicy sipper, from brambly fruit, raspberry and blackcurrant to fudge brownies, dried fruit and plump figs.
Yes, it’s bold, but balanced with just the right tannin-acid poise to be smooth, graceful and stylish.
The Vanessa 2015 Cabernet Franc ($50) is also luxurious with opulent offerings of sweet cherry, blueberry, dates, vanilla, coffee and sage.
Floral elements emanate from the Vanessa 2014 Syrah ($35) to complement its bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, cocoa, caramel, pepper and licorice.
Vanessa went with a more complex, yet softer, interpretation for its 2014 Meritage ($40).
Concentrated berry, coffee and licorice flavours and silky tannins make it the perfect foil for steak, prime rib or stew.
While Vanessa’s forte is red wines, it does a heck of a job with its inaugural 2017 Viognier ($25).
Picked ripe and fermented cool, this luscious white wafts Viognier’s signature honeysuckle scent to a classic taste of sun-ripened peaches and apricots.
The five fall releases from Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley include the flagship 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon ($80), a powerhouse red with a profile of brambly fruits, figs and fudge brownies.