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Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls

Join our wine writer, Allison Markin, every week for a wine review complete with food and music pairings. Featuring Okanagan and Canadian wines, with an occasional international bottle, Castanet celebrates the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry and influences from around the world. For current availability and pricing, consult the winery. Unless indicated, international selections are generally available at government liquor stores or private wine shops.

Wine: Pinot Gris, 2017

Winery: Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? It’s a rare feat in the wine world for lightning to strike twice. This wine has taken the top prize two years in a row at the Cascadia Wine Competition, which is a BIG deal. Peach and pear on the nose, with tropical fruits and honey, it invites you in after a swirl and sniff. You may then need a few moments to lean back and savour the bouquet before taking a sip. But when you do taste, light oak treatment gives the wine medium body and elegance, with a bit of spice and earthiness on the finish. If you are a “PG” fan, this is a must try.

Price: $17

Pair with: Chef Dave at the Smoke & Oak Bistro at the winery recently paired this with a pickled beet and smoked pork salad with hazelnuts and goat cheese… But the rest of us non-chefs can get away with melon wrapped in prosciutto while sitting on the patio.

Music pairing: Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles

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