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Howling Bluff, Naramata

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: Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, 2017

Winery: Howling Bluff, Naramata

Why drink it? The signature white blend of this slightly off the beaten path winery along the Naramata Bench, sauvignon blanc and semillon together is a classic seen in old world wine regions, but here is a fresher, distinctly Okanagan version. The sauv portion gives it a lift of acidity with pleasant notes of freshly sliced grapefruit, citrus peel and tart apples, while the sem portion provides a bit of weight and elegance with a smooth and satisfying mouthfeel. Enjoy a glass on the newly built deck at the winery, with a peek-a-boo view to Okanagan Lake, or watch for the winery’s extensive cameo in the movie, The Orchard while enjoying a bottle.

Price: $20

Pair with: If watching the above noted film, make some popcorn clarified butter and go easy on the salt. If sitting in your own patio, a plate of soft cheeses with a sprinkling of roasted almonds and slice of tropical fruits. At dinner? Lightly spiced Asian-inspired dishes.

Music pairing: Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf

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