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CedarCreek Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Wine: Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna

Why drink it? Made in the style of fresh, herbaceous New Zealand sauvignon blancs, the herb notes of sage and fresh cut grass lift immediately out of the glass after a swirl of this very pale golden green wine. It will remind you of a drive through the desert on a hot day, right after a rainstorm has passed through. Lingering flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry and stone fruits. A touch of neutral oak treatment, with some fermentation in concrete produces a dry wine that lets the fruit shine, with a satisfying finish that is both thirst-quenching and a tad snappy, inviting another sip.

Price: $19

Pair with: Summer brunch on the patio, with a fresh asparagus quiche or savoury vegetable muffins, with a side of citrus salad. Mini zucchini boats and fresh, lighter seafood direct from the grill, or an old-fashioned crab boil. Salads with goat cheese and bright greens.

Music pairing: Comin’ Home, City & Colour


Muscat Frizzante, 2019,Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls

Muscato Frizzante, 2019

Wine: Muscat Frizzante, 2019

Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? The winery describes this light sparkler as spritzy, which it is, and under a screwcap instead of a cork or cap, so there is a slight “poof” when you open the bottle. A blend of three aromatic varietals – Muscat Ottonel, Orange Muscat, and a touch of Riesling – there are typical muscat notes of orange blossom on the nose, with a bit of lime and wild flowers. Fresh flavours of white peach, pear, and a light citrus finish make this supremely refreshing as a dry bubbly, though it has a bit of sweetness from the grapes. Keep a bottle in the fridge for hot days when bubbly is in order.

Price: $22

Pair with: It’s spot prawn season, and if you’re lucky and quick enough to get your hands on some, this is a perfect pairing. Spicy Asian dishes, like a Vietnamese vermicelli noodle salad with fresh veggies and a dressing with chilis, topped with fresh cilantro, will do nicely.

Music pairing: The Tide is High, Blondie

Bizou+Yukon Savvy Gris 2019

Bizou+Yukon Savvy Gris

Wine: Savvy Gris, 2019

Winery: Bizou+Yukon (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland

Why drink it? If you like dogs, art, and wine, this series (a white, red, and rosé) named for the two infamous Great Pyrenees that keep watch over the vineyards at Okanagan Crush Pad, is for you. The twelve labels are pieces of fun and quirky art to admire, matching the spirit of the wines. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, “Savvy” is made in concrete tanks with wild yeast, creating a zippy blend, thanks to the Sauvignon, with some structure from the Gris. Notes of fresh cut grass on the nose along with fresh lemon and lime, the citrus combines with some flintiness on the palate.

Price: $22

Pair with: Put a bottle in the fridge to chill, take your puppy for a walk, then come back for a glass with a satisfying snack of kettle chips or kettle corn. Or pick up some French fries on the way home, simply seasoned with salt and maybe just a touch of vinegar.

Music pairing: Gypsy, Joe, and Me, Dolly Parton


Mission Hill Reserve Rosé a blend of merlot, shiraz, pinot noir

Mission Hill Reserve Rosé

Wine: Reserve Rosé

Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna

Why drink it? A blend of merlot, shiraz, and pinot noir, the colour is a ruby red grapefruit in the bottle, and that citrus element continues on the bright nose with watermelon and strawberry notes in the mix. The grapes come from hotter vineyards at the south end of valley, ripening to expressive fruit flavours of red berries, juicy watermelon, a bit of vanilla, and very light herb-sage and currant notes. Don’t be fooled by the fruitiness, this wine is very crisp with nice acidity, well-balanced to a refreshing and inviting finish, lingering with fresh strawberries on the palate.

Price: $22

Pair with: Watermelon and feta cheese skewers as a fun spring appetizer or a Greek salad, followed by grilled fish fresh off the BBQ, or a light pasta dish drizzled simply with olive oil and fresh basil. A great brunch wine as well, with a spinach frittata.

Music pairing: Spring Haze, Tori Amos

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