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Noble Ridge, OK Falls

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Wine: Meritage (red blend), 2015

Winery: Noble Ridge, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? Noble Ridge is one of these Okanagan wineries that flies just slightly under the radar, racking up awards, and consistently releasing wines that are just… good. Under a new “Lion’s Pride” reserve label, this Meritage blend (mostly Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Malbec), is a mix of blueberry, blackberry and a bit of mocha on the nose and palate, leading into more complex flavours of tobacco, stewed dark cherries, currants with a strong tannic structure. Keep a couple of bottles on hand for summer dinners from the grill, and a couple on reserve for the next couple of winters when you need a good red after a ski day.

Price: $35

Pair with: This hearty Bordeaux-style blend calls for grilled meats, prime rib, duck… all great selections from the winery. A charcuterie platter of spicier cured meats and hard (with big flavours) cheeses will do. Or create a mocha-chocolate dessert with stewed red fruits as your sauce.

Music pairing: Lush Life by Kurt Elling

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