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2021 Niche Wine Co. Field Day

Niche Wine Co. Field Day

Wine: Field Day (white blend), 2021

Winery: Niche Wine Co., West Kelowna

Why drink it? Part of the winery’s Plot Twist Project, a series of wines driven by experimentation, and something you may exclaim when you visit the winery. Above West Kelowna, you keep going up a bumpy road, and just when you think you’ve gone too far, plot twist! – there’s the winery. Also, plot twist! – the blend has Frontenac Gris, a hybrid that’s hard to find in the Okanagan. A nice, rich golden hue, the aromas are a glowing mix of tropical notes, ripe peaches and apricots, and those elements continue in the sultry, round, and fruit forward flavours, with a tiny hint of roasted hazelnut.

Pair with: Takeout lobster rolls, prosciutto-wrapped melons slices, really good panko-breaded chicken fingers with a creamy ranch or honey mustard dipping sauce (or both). A watermelon and roasted hazelnut summer salad.

Price: $26

Music pairing: Fields of Joy, Lenny Kravitz



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How to enjoy Stag's Hollow muscat frizzante

Stag's Hollow muscat

Wine: Muscat Frizzante (sparkling), 2021

Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? Who needs a flat of sparkling wine in a colourful array of handy cans? Anyone having a special occasion this summer who wants to invite their guests to pop-a-top of something clean, fresh and fun! Guaranteed to make a few folks take notice after a sip or two and ask where to get some. Pour it in a glass to properly enjoy aromas of lime, orange blossoms, and white peaches. There is a hint of sweetness, as this is Muscat, but it is balanced and crisp on the palate with the floral notes lingering, some pear and citrus, and a delightful spritz.

Pair with: A hot day by the lake, or a warm evening dipping your toes into the kiddie pool after the kids are in bed. If you want to get daring, scoop some good strawberry ice cream into a large glass, pour a can over, and have an ice cream wine float.

Price: $8/can or $192/flat

Music pairing: Club Tropicana, Wham!



2021 Stag's Hollow Muscat Frizzante

Stag's Hollow Frizzante

Wine: Muscat Frizzante (sparkling), 2021

Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? Who needs a flat of sparkling wine in a colourful array of handy cans? Anyone having a special occasion this summer who wants to invite their guests to pop-a-top of something clean, fresh and fun! Guaranteed to make a few folks take notice after a sip or two and ask where to get some. Pour it into a glass to properly enjoy the aromas of lime, orange blossoms, and white peaches. There is a hint of sweetness, as this is Muscat, but it is balanced and crisp on the palate with the floral notes lingering, some pear and citrus, and a delightful spritz.

Pair with: A hot day by the lake, or a warm evening dipping your toes into the kiddie pool after the kids are in bed. If you want to get daring, scoop some good strawberry ice cream into a large glass, pour a can over, and have an ice cream wine float.

Price: $8/can or $192/flat

Music pairing: Club Tropicana, Wham!



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Evolve Effervescence

Wine: Evolve Effervescence (sparkling), NV

Winery: Evolve/Time Family of Wines, Penticton

Why drink it? A double gold winner at the All-Canadian Wine Championships for best Charmat (the bubbles are captured in steel tanks), this sparkler is a blend of 70 percent Chardonnay and 30 percent Pinot Blanc. The colour of pale straw with present bubbles in the glass, with aromas of citrus, apples, and a touch of spring meadow. The palate expands to lemon, green melons, and white peaches with a hint of tropicality from the Chard and a bit of flint. Refreshing and effortless, this is a good bottle to keep chilled for surprise summer guests who thought they’d pop in.

Pair with: The winery suggests fried chicken, so grab a bucket, some buttery biscuits, and a couple of your favourite sides and hit the patio or the great outdoors, as long as you can keep this wine well-chilled. Don’t forget a bottle opener.

Price: $23

Music pairing: I Ain’t Worried, OneRepublic



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