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Naramata 2018 Moriane Pinot Noir

Moraine Pinot Noir

Wine: Pinot Noir, 2018

Winery: Moraine, Naramata

Why drink it? A lot of care has gone into this Pinot, the “heartbreak grape”, in a bottle that expresses the Naramata Bench alongside classic hints of French pinots. Floral and dried rose petal notes mixed with freshly picked cherries on the nose, and hints of toast from the gentle oak treatment. Flavours of red berries; raspberries and a bit of red currant. It’s a light and friendly red that changes slightly with five to ten minutes on the fridge if you choose. Light tannins and a pleasant and bright finish makes this a good summer red.

Pair with: Grill some portobello mushrooms for veggie burgers topped with a creamy aioli, or prep some pork skewers for the BBQ, with a side of leafy greens topped with lightly toasted almonds. Or pick up pulled pork mac and cheese from a local restaurant.

Price: $27

Music pairing: Sunlight, Natalie Imbruglia


Okanagan Falls 2018 Liquidity Chardonnay

Liquidity Chardonnay 2018

Wine: Chardonnay, 2018

Winery: Liquidity, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? A beautiful golden hue in the glass, this is a chardonnay that doesn’t push any oak boundaries for the “anything but chard” crowd, but is most definitely refined and balanced with oak treatment. Aromas of toasted almonds, fresh-squeezed lemon and lime, and pear notes. On the palate the citrus flavours work with a light creaminess from neutral oak and partial malolactic fermentation, as well as subtle tropical tastes of guava and passionfruit. The finish lingers just long enough to enjoy lasting notes of toast and lemon rind.

Price: $29

Pair with: The winery suggests a rich risotto, which would be perfect. Add some light shellfish or delicate fish, or seek some takeout lobster mac and cheese. Delightful with buttery popcorn, or a potato pancakes doused in butter or crème fraiche for brunch.

Music pairing: Last Dance, Donna Summer

Township 7 Pinot Noir 2017

Township 7 Pinot Noir

Wine: Pinot Noir, 2018

Winery: Township 7, Penticton

Why drink it? A richer Pinot Noir, as Okanagan pinots go, made with care in a Burgundian style, aged in French Oak for a year. The ruby-raspberry colour in the glass leads to complex aromas that may inspire lively chatter amongst pinot fans, with notes of dark cherries, black and red currants, green tea leaves, and the earthiness of freshly-tilled soil. The flavours are equally complex, more intense than expected, full of red fruits, a bit of smoked meat, and savoury spices. A balanced finish combines the fruit with medium tannins and acidity. If you don’t open it this summer, it’ll go well with the first day of fall.

Price: $36

Pair with: Earthy mushroom and goat cheese on flatbread or in an omelet with sage and rosemary. Grilled pork of any kind from tenderloin to burgers with a red fruit or red pepper relish. Sweet pulled pork nachos topped with smoked Havarti and microgreens for something different.

Music pairing: Unbelievable, Def Leppard


Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris, 2019

Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris

Wine: Pinot Gris, 2019

Winery: Burrowing Owl, Oliver

Why drink it? Pinot Gris should be a staple white wine for the summer. This one is very Okanagan in style, with surprisingly intense aromas right out of the bottle reminiscent of a fruit salad of white grapefruit, honeydew, and fresh pears, mixed with hints of wildflowers. The citrus notes come through on the nose lead into fresh flavours on the palate with lemon zest and herbs you may encounter on a walk through the valley desert – sagebrush and tea leaves. There is much to explore on subsequent sips, a range of orange, tart apple, and pleasant finish.

Price: $25

Pair with: Takeout crab cakes, smoked or candied salmon bites, or a halibut burger for something different, with a side of good tartar sauce and plenty of lemon wedges for squeezing. Melon slices wrapped on prosciutto would be delicious as a pre BBQ appie.

Music pairing: Summertime, New Kids on the Block

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