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Township 7, 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: Merlot, 2015

Winery: Township 7, Naramata

Why drink it? Merlot should be a red wine staple as soon as the first reports of snow start coming in and the search for warm comfort begins. Ripe notes of dark cocoa nibs and raspberry jam compete with a light scent of light cigar leaves as you swirl and sniff this deep garnet-coloured wine. Have a glass handy as you prepare a fall harvest dinner, and enjoy flavours of dark plums and ripe red berries, followed by vanilla bean and a bit of dark chocolate. If you’ve stayed away from Merlot because it’s “too big” for your tastebuds, welcome back with this balanced bottle and its soft finish.

Price: $23

Pair with: The winery suggests “seared blueberry duck breast”, but if that’s too fancy, simply pair with beef stew full of roasted fall veggies, spiced with bay leaf and local garlic scape salt, with a side of roasted baby potatoes and plans to watch a movie later.

Classic CanCon music pairing: Make You a Believer, Sass Jordan

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