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Pentage, Penticton

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: Pentage 2012 (red blend)

Winery: Pentage, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? Visiting the winery, this bottle is often called “Pentage Pentage”, the wine so nice it was named twice. This signature red blend is a full-bodied beautiful mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. The scents of spice, vanilla, cedar, ripe raspberries and dark plums become more vibrant with each swirl and sniff. The palate is nicely balanced with dried cherries, a bit of dark plum, a hint of dark chocolate, and a lingering finish. Drink now or hold on for a few years, or buy the winery’s limited vertical release of bottles from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and try them all.

Price: $35

Pair with: The fuller body of this wine strongly pulls your taste buds to a hearty dish, perhaps a standing rib roast, Carbonnade (Flemish beef stew), a homemade burger smothered in Gruyere, or grilled lamb. Less hearty? Mushroom flatbread or blue cheese crumbled over a fall harvest salad.

Classic CanCon music pairing: Love You All, 54-40

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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Quail's Gate, West Kelowna

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: Old Vines Foch Reserve, 2014

Winery: Quail's Gate, West Kelowna

Why drink it? Vintages of this wine go back almost a decade. You can find the 2015 now, but treat yourself to the 2014 if you can. This Maréchel Foch begins with 60-year-old vines; the older the vines, the more complex the wine, and this is no exception. A deep dark burgundy, with an “inky” overtone makes a beautiful swirl in the glass. On the nose, a wonderful vibrant mix of clove, vanilla, espresso bean, black cherries…and then a sip leads you to an intense experience of deep red fruits, earthiness (think mushrooms), and, as the winery aptly describes, a long velvety finish.

Price: $47 (may vary by vintage)

Pair with: If you buy a younger vintage, cellar it for a few years, then bring it out with a winter meal of braised meat, brisket, or grilled venison surrounded by harvest veggies that have been slowly roasted with garlic and rosemary, and sage.

Classic CanCon music pairing: My Foolish Heart, Holly Cole

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



See Ya Later Ranch, OK Falls

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: Major’s Block (red blend), 2015

Winery: See Ya Later Ranch, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? An easy to sip red blend of Shiraz, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Merlot, the name pays homage to the homesteader who first settled on this winery’s steep slopes. The aromas are ripe and full after letting them mingle in your glass – mocha layered over plums and dark cherry jam with some vanilla owing to the wine resting in French and American oak. A lush flavour profile brings further spice notes, ripe red raspberry and strawberry elements and a lighter cherry than hinted at on the nose. A soft finish rounds out a well-balanced red wine at a very nice price.

Price: $20

Pair with: A nice blend for an evening when your better half is making a homemade version of lasagna with layers of beef and ricotta while you labour through the first sniffles of the season. Sip a glass with some aged hard cheeses as an appetizer.

Classic CanCon music pairing: Some Days Are Better, Charlie Major

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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OK Crush Pad, Summerland

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: Haywire Free Form Red, 2015

Winery: Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland

Why drink it? “Free form” wines are made naturally, with no intervention in the cellar. The Pinot Noir in this wine went into a clay amphorae, not your usual tank or barrel, and was left to rest and essentially tell its own story of the grape, the land, and the environment's terror, if you will, around it. If you’re just getting into wine, work up to this entirely unique creation with deep, dark, black fruits, a whiff of holiday fruit cake on the nose, and an intense flavour profile that starts down a fruity path, winds into earthy woods and wild mushrooms, and ends with melted dark chocolate drizzled over an espresso.

Price: $55

Pair with: Gather a couple of friends who like to talk endlessly about the summer they spent in Burgundy drinking Pinot Noir, as surely they will sip this wine, put their glasses down, start asking questions about it, and spark a debate about which one of you knows more about Pinot.

Classic CanCon music pairing: The Maker, Daniel Lanois

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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