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2021 Stag's Hollow Tragically Vidal

2021 Stag's Hollow white

Wine: Tragically Vidal, 2021

Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? This wine recently won double gold at the International Cascadia competition, where one judge called it a perfect example of Vidal, a typically slightly sweet, tropically-scented white wine you may more often see as an icewine. This table wine version takes you back to an Okanagan orchard in late summer, and is ripe with classic stone fruit and pineapple notes with just a hint of ginger. Rich and luxurious, pear and apple flavours emerge on the finish with balancing acidity and blood orange citrus elements. A well-deserved accolade.

Pair with: A fresh fruit salad, or a fruit compote dolloped over pancakes or French toast topped with crème fraiche. Will pair well with most roasted poultry dishes, coconut and squash soup with a bit of Asian or Indian spices in the mix.

Price: $20

Music pairing: Wheat Kings, Tragically Hip


2015 Volcanic Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Volcanic Hills

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

Winery: Volcanic Hills, West Kelowna

Why drink it? This wine just won double gold at the International Cascadia competition. A deep, dark red in the glass, and a swirl will first give you aromas of blackberry bramble, dark plums, and cedar, then opens to notes of black pepper and cassis. The latter two continue on the palate with a bit of toasty oak emerging, with a pleasant blend of black fruit flavours with black currants dominating. Medium bodied and a bit lighter than expected, and well balanced and with a pleasant finish. This wine is hitting its peak at seven years in the bottle, so consume soon.

Pair with: Grilled tenderloin bruschetta topped with a touch of blue cheese, or a main course of steak with potatoes au gratin on the side. Grilled portobello mushrooms, braised short ribs, or just give a savoury blackberry sauce a shot over your favourite meatballs.

Price: $46

Music pairing: Burning Down, Robert Plant

2020 Nk’Mip Cellars Rose

Nk'Mip Cellars Rose

Wine: Rosé, 2020

Winery: Nk’Mip Cellars, Osoyoos/OIiver

Why drink it? The 2021 vintage should be on shelves soon, and select wines from the winery can be found at the District Wine Village in Oliver. The 2020 rosé is a bright ruby red in colour, a blend of 45 percent Syrah, with the other 55 percent a saignée (when a part of the juice from red grapes is ‘bled off after skin contact) blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromas begin with mix of tropical notes – passion fruit, kiwi, melons – with strawberries and raspberry bramble coming through. The berries are prominent on the palate, and the wine ends on a pleasantly light finish.

Pair with: A whipped goat cheese spread on your favourite neutral cracker, topped with a small dollop of wine jelly or lightly spiced, fruity chutney. A spring salad of spinach and candied walnuts, dressed with a berry vinaigrette.

Price: $24

Music pairing: All I Want is You, Bryan Adams


2019 Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse

2019 Hatfield’s Fuse

Wine: Hatfield’s Fuse, 2019 (white blend)

Winery: Blasted Church, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? Exciting things are coming to Blasted Church. A blend of 11 different grapes grown across the southern most parts of the Okanagan Valley, each one harvested and cared for individually before congregating together in the bottle. The nose begins with a soft sermon of stone fruits, notably ripe peaches, before spiced floral notes move in. On the palate, lemon, lime and Granny Smith apple provide a fresh window to a mid-weight richness, and the finish is a balanced breeze of citrus and the tiniest bit of sweetness, reminiscent of candied lemon peel.

Pair with: A discussion about the “wax-wash-auto” label featuring a red-winged angel (a Seraphim?) guiding a horse through a car wash. Or maybe a creamy chicken pot pie, fettucine alfredo, or a cod or halibut burger with a spicy tartar sauce.

Price: $20

Music pairing: Car Wash, Rose Royce

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