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Quinta Ferreira, Oliver

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: Malbec, 2012

Winery: Quinta Ferreira, Oliver

Why drink it? Malbec typically has a deep purple-inky colour making it easy to spot in a lineup of reds, and also slightly softer tannins than other deep red wines… just like this one. The winery smartly holds back its reds to age a bit and integrate its flavours before releasing bottles for purchase, and while this bottle can rest for another couple of years, it’s drinkable now. A swirl in the glass releases dark cherry and ripe blueberry notes with a hint of vanilla bean. A sip? Raspberry, some plum, spice notes from the oak treatment, and a very subtle note of mint on the finish.

Price: $35

Pair with: Even with its smoother tannins than other bold reds, this wine pairs well with most meats — lamb, leaner cuts of red meat like skirt steak, and even slow cooked pulled pork sandwiches. Anything with blue cheese (including veggie burgers, or in a salad dressing), will be tasty.

Music pairing: Pipe Dreams, Nelly Furtado

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