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Wine-Reviews

Solvero Wines 2020 Pinot Noir

Classy delicate Pinot Noir

Wine: Solvero Wines 2020 Pinot Noir

Winery: Solvero Wines

Why drink it: Such a classy, delicate Pinot Noir! Winemaker and Solvero general manager Alison Moyes excels at making Pinot Noir wines, coaxing incredible depth and personality from this tricky red grape. Think dark cherries, ripe red raspberries, earth, green tea flavours and aromas. The grapes are chosen from seven premium clones all grown on the winery’s Garnet Valley vineyard at Summerland.

Pair with: Roast duck, lamb, chicken, mushroom risotto, cedar-planked salmon

Price: $35

Music pairing: Not Forgotten You by Kelly Willis



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Township 7 2020 NBO, Blue Terrace Vineyard

Powerful Bordeaux blend

Wine: Township 7 2020 NBO, Blue Terrace Vineyard

Winery: Township 7

Why drink it: From Township 7’s Benchmark Series, this powerful Bordeaux blend is cabernet sauvignon and merlot from the winery’s Blue Terrace vineyard, planted more than 20 years ago. The wine may have a bit of a smoky note — as many B.C. wines do, not just this one. But it somehow works with the style, giving it an extra layer of complexity, alongside good acidity, fine tannins and dark cherry, caramel and blackcurrant flavours and aromas, and a very, very long finish. This wine has potential to age, too. I look forward to trying it again in a few years.

Pair with: Lamb, bison burgers, grilled red peppers or hearty lentil dishes.

Price: $45

Music pairing: Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin



Nk’Mip Cellars 2021 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay

A wine of many notes

Wine: Nk’Mip Cellars 2021 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay

Winery: Nk’Mip Cellars

Why drink it: The name Qwam Qwmt translates as “achieving excellence,” according to the Osoyoos Indian Band, which started this winery in 2001. Lush, plush, fun to drink — a white wine for red wine lovers, this full-bodied white simply oozes fruit from the moment you crack that screw-cap. Pineapple, melon, mango, papaya, lime, lemon, peach. Have I missed anything? Toffee and baking spice, too. There’s a lot going on here. Anyone who thinks white wines are simple needs to try this one. Serve it chilled, of course.

Pair with: Roast poultry dishes or creamy pastas such as alfredo.

Price: About $36

Music pairing: Always Have Wine When You Fly by Kris Demeanor



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Stag’s Hollow 2022 Albarino

A taste of Spain in Canada

Wine: Stag’s Hollow 2022 Albarino

Winery: Stag’s Hollow Winery

Why drink it? Because it’s fun to drink and it’s made from grapes that are common in Spain but very rare in Canada. Seriously? Which wineries grow Albarino in B.C.? Stag’s Hollow, that’s who. This aromatic wine is lemon-lime zesty and peachy, with a huge potential for happiness when poured for friends and family. Be the cool person who pours this at your next dinner party.

Pair with: A big plate of seafood — mussels, clams, crab, you name it—or sushi or a charcuterie platter, or even Easter dinner. It’s versatile and will go pretty much anywhere you’d typically serve a white wine.

Price: $26

Music pairing: Me Gusta La Vida by Funambulista



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About the Author

As a kid, Shelley Boettcher often found herself in the back seat of a pick-up, exploring the back roads of the Okanagan Valley with her parents. They’d occasionally leave her and her brother in the car while they stopped at mysterious addresses to buy wine. They would emerge, clearly happy, as they stuck a box or a few bottles in the vehicle. Then they would continue on their journey.

But it wasn’t until a trip to Spain in 2000 that Shelley herself fell in love with wine. She came home from the holiday and promptly told her editor she wanted to become a wine writer.

And she did. 

An award-winning food and wine writer and editor, Shelley holds her master’s degree in journalism and her advanced WSET certification, as well as her level 2 International Sommelier Guild certification. A wine columnist for the Calgary Herald, she spent a decade as CBC Radio’s national syndicated wine columnist and she has written three books about wine, including two that were Canadian bestsellers. Her byline has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and Postmedia newspapers across Canada. 

Shelley has travelled throughout many of the world’s wine regions and countries, including Niagara, Oregon, Washington, California, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Australia, Germany, Argentina and the Republic of Georgia. A few years ago, she even tracked down and visited a winery in Denmark. 

Shelley has also served as a professional wine judge regionally and internationally, including the Okanagan Wine Festivals, Vinitaly and the Chianti Classico Consortium. For more than a decade, she has been a restaurant wine list judge for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, too. She still teases her parents for sparking her love for wine, especially BC wine.

And her favourite? Whatever she's drinking at the moment.

You can follow Shelley on Instagram @shelleyboettcher or Twitter at @shelley_wine. 

If you have a BC wine you’d like to suggest, email Shelley at [email protected] with the name of the wine and a short note about why you enjoyed it. 

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