Wine: Rosé, 2021
Winery: Uppercase, Oliver
Why drink it? Tucked into the District Wine Village, this winery’s portfolio is worth a visit or two. The palest of salmon-pink with a fleck of sunshine, Merlot grapes mere metres from the U.S. border at the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley were gently pressed to create this light rosé. Fermented and aged in stainless, fresh aromas of wild desert strawberries, grapefruit, and hints of meadow flowers come out of the glass after a swirl or two. Flavours of watermelon and citrus dominate, with some delicate notes of herbs and just a bit of cranberry on the finish.
Pair with: A tuna poke bowl with a bit of spice, your favourite sashimi, or a grilled salmon steak. Try a vegetable tapenade or paté, but leave olives out of the experience. A pesto and grilled chicken pizza with goat cheese might be fun on a Friday night.
Music pairing: Box Full of Letters, Wilco
Wine: 2017 Viognier
Winery: Grizzli, West Kelowna
Why drink it? Viognier can have a bit of range to it, depending on the producer, from light to full bodied, floral to fruity. This bottle lands somewhere in the middle, beginning with light floral aromas mixed with some white peach and subtle citrus notes. On the palate, a little more citrus, especially on the finish, with some ripe apple, lychee, and tropical green melon. Some characteristic oiliness, and the wine has medium acidity and body, comparable to an unoaked Chardonnay. A little bit of sweetness rounds it out, with an easy finish.
Pair with: A relaxing night out on the town with your mom or dad, checking out the local food truck scene, maybe grabbing a couple of lobster grilled cheese sandwiches to take home and enjoy on the deck or patio under a late summer sky.
Music pairing: Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
Wine: Ironman T3 (red blend), 2020
Winery: Township 7, Penticton and Langley
Why drink it? There may be no better bottle of B.C. wine to open to celebrate the return of Ironman Canada to Penticton than this one – except if you prefer a white blend, then get the complementary Ironman Homecoming. Or just pick up one of each. This red blend is made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Aromas of black fruits, currants, and cedar lead to flavours of ripe cherries and cocoa nibs. Fruit forward and just bold enough on the finish with medium tannins and hints of the American and French oak treatment. Easy to enjoy.
Pair with: A celebratory culinary experience after you’ve achieved a goal of any kind. Grew your first ever tomatoes in the garden? Turn them into a meaty pasta sauce. Hit a personal best at the gym? Open a bottle with your gym buddy and share a cheat day charcuterie board.
Music pairing: Running Up That Hill, Kate Bush
Wine: Foxly Rosé, 2021
Winery: Foxtrot, Naramata
Why drink it? Foxtrot Vineyard has undergone a few changes in the last few years, but remains dedicated to creating Naramata-terroir driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. That said, a second label – foxly – has expanded to include Pinot Gris and this rosé, which is 100 percent Pinot Noir. The light pink salmon colour comes from a few hours of skin contact before the juice rests in stainless steel for four months. The result on the nose is aromas of citrus zest, strawberry candies, and meadow flowers. The palate is dry, with flinty notes mixed with citrus, pomegranate, and fresh strawberries.
Pair with: The last hot day of summer, maybe enjoying the last picnic of the season with a selection of salads – a niçoise, a spinach and feta, and a mustardy-dill version of potato – with grilled salmon sandwiches or a selection of cold cuts and brioche buns.
Music pairing: Fox(e)y Lady, Jimi Hendrix Experience
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