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8th generation, Summerland

Wine: “Confidence”, bubbly 2016

Winery: 8th Generation, Summerland

Why drink it? Pink bubbly for a long weekend at a great price point. Grab a couple of bottles of this mostly Pinot Noir (with just 10 percent Pinot Gris) sparkling wine, made in the frizzante style, as it’s fresh and uncomplicated. Bonus, it’s under a cap, not a cork for those who are afraid of opening champagne. Prepare for strawberries, cherries, vanilla, a bit of citrus on your tastebuds, and a nice finish with a touch of sweetness – accurately described by the winery as cream soda. Make sure it’s well chilled. Makes a great weekend brunch wine to get the day started after a good sleep.

Price: $21

Pair with: A delight on its own, break out some fresh fruit to nibble on, perhaps peach slices wrapped in prosciutto. Summer salads of almost any combination, but keep it light. Candied almonds left over from a weekend wedding reception. Heck, a classic freezie (blue raspberry?) would be tasty too.

Classic cancon music pairing: We’re Here for a Good Time, Trooper



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Deep Roots, Naramata

For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjoying a glass. For current availability, consult the winery.

Wine: Gamay 2016

Winery: Deep Roots, Naramata

Why drink it? Gamay is one of those reds that does two things: first, if you are a white wine purist, it’s light and fruity enough to ease you into reds; second, if you are a red drinker but desire a bottle that doesn’t require meat or cheese, this is a good choice. Farming for several generations on the Naramata Bench, hence the name, the family at Deep Roots knows that a good wine begins in the vineyard. On the nose, fruits from cherries to blueberries, and a hint of violets. A drier red, yet fruity, the tannins are light, the finish is crisp, bordering on a refreshing “aaahhh”.

Price: $24

Pair with: This wine isn’t built for anything heavy, but works well with “beer butt” chicken (google the recipe). Take the leftovers and make a fancy chicken salad with goats cheese and dried cranberries, and for dessert, fresh blueberries or cherries.

Pair with: Classic cancon music pairing: My Music at Work, The Tragically Hip

Have a wine you'd like to suggest? Contact us at [email protected], and we will put you in touch with our wine writer.



Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjoying a glass. For current availability, consult the winery.

Wine: 2016 Two Bench White (blend)

Winery: Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

Why drink it? Blends are always interesting, lending themselves to discussion amongst wine lovers as to what, exactly, is in them. This “Oldfield Reserve” is a mélange of almost 50 percent sauvignon blanc, with touches of semillon, viognier, chardonnay and a hint of muscat for just a bit of floral lift on the nose. Sauv blanc translates into a refreshing wine on its own, but with its partners in this bottle there is some body and weight, and enough complexity to create pleasant chatter on the patio. Tropical fruit, honeydew melon, vanilla, and a fresh finish. Chill well and keep the bottle on ice.

Price: $20

Pair with: A true patio wine for summer, keep a bottle in the fridge for unexpected visitors, next to a few lighter cheeses (Boursin shallot and chive, Havarti, gouda). Throw together a homemade chef’s salad cradled in butter lettuce with a side of Granny’s coleslaw, and you’re good.

Classic cancon music pairing: Surely, Colin James

Have a wine you'd like to suggest? Contact us at [email protected], and we will put you in touch with our wine writer.



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Vanessa Vineyard, Cawston

For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjoying a glass. For current availability, consult the winery.

Wine: 2012 Syrah

Winery: Vanessa Vineyard, Similkameen

Why drink it? Syrah for summer? Why not. Welcome this new winery in the Similkameen, with its first vintage. It’s good to expand your BC wine experience to up and coming micro-regions, and yet to be visited wineries. The lineage of this vineyard includes widely known growers and winemaker Howard Soon, and this gold medal winning Syrah has been well crafted. In the glass, aromas of dark plum, cedar and leather. A sip brings a light flavour of pepper, then dark red fruits that lead you to cocoa nibs and toasted oak. A smooth finish lingers just long enough before you must sip again.

Price: $34

Pair with: A full-bodied red with a good tannin structure, this Syrah needs something to nosh on to bring out its character. Braised short ribs, or spiced lamb on the BBQ are classic with this Rhone-style wine. A bison burger with sharp cheddar and a plum-based fruit relish would be great too.

Classic cancon music pairing: Gold in Them Hills, Ron Sexsmith

Have a wine you'd like to suggest? Contact us at [email protected], and we will put you in touch with our wine writer.



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