Red wine ga­lore

The Daily Courier - - WINE & DINE - STEVE Mac­NAULL

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.

Spe­cial to The Okana­gan Week­end

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.

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