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2018 Liquidity Dividend

Wine: Dividend, 2018 (red blend)

Winery: Liquidity, Okanagan Falls

Why drink it? A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, the name of this bold red reflects the winery’s finance-themed name. Take some time with this wine to try identify the aromas and flavours from each grape. Blackberry and dark currants on the nose, coupled with some dark chocolate, and pencil shavings if you rest the wine in a glass, then give it a good swirl. Black fruits come through on the palate, some earthiness and vanilla are expressed thanks to French oak treatment. Full bodied and a bit bold, the finish is rich. Another year or two and the tannins will relax just enough.

Pair with: A meatier dish on a cool day. Steak, almost any lamb dish, even a good, hearty meat pie or a thick stew. A mix of bold cheeses as an appetizer or snack, both hard and soft. For fun, gather dark (not milk), chocolate of varying intensities and see which pairs best.

Price: $35

Music pairing: Taking Care of Business, Bachman Turner Overdrive


2019 Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Fitz Crémant

2019 Fitz Crémant

Wine: Fitz Crémant, 2019 (sparkling)

Winery: Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, Summerland

Why drink it? In France, crémant sparkling wines are made the same was champagne, but not in the champagne region, and without the champagne price. This Pinot Blanc version tips its glass to Alsace. The grapes come from the slopes of the winery’s Greta Ranch vineyard, are fermented and aged in stainless steel, and as with traditional bubbly, the secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle. There is a sense of fresh baked bread and almonds mixed in with green apple on the nose, gentle but consistent bubbles, and light straw colour in the glass. A fresh minerality rounds out each sip.

Pair with: Holiday dinners are coming up. Start with a glass to toast the occasion, or save it for the main course for a different experience. Will pair well with buttery mashed potatoes, and quite likely a crispy, indulgent deep fried turkey, if you dare.

Price: $25

Music pairing: We Are Family, Sister Sledge

2020 Time Family of Wines Chronos Rosé

2020 Chronos Rosé

Wine: Chronos Rosé, 2020

Winery: Time Family of Wines, Penticton

Why drink it? New labels, a new satellite shop coming to the District Wine Village, and a refreshed bistro named Orolo to come in 2022. A good time to get reacquainted with this winery, beginning with this Syrah rosé. A bright and clear ripe watermelon pink in the glass hints at what’s to come. On the nose you’ll find strawberry freezer jam behind some pepper and light herb and spice notes, and perhaps a hint of Swedish Berries candy. The palate brings together the aforementioned watermelon, strawberries, and some tart berry flavours that linger just long enough for a refreshing finish.

Pair with: A well-chilled bottle will do nicely on its own. A trendy feta cheese and watermelon salad would be a perfect choice, as is a spinach salad with candied nuts and a lightly peppered vinaigrette. Soft cheeses with your favourite crackers as a snack.

Price: $25

Music pairing: This Year, Cooper


2019 Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Riesling

Inniskillin Riesling

Wine: Okanagan Estate Riesling, 2019

Winery: Inniskillin

Why drink it? Riesling can run the gamut from dry to sweet, and the winery’s ice wine version is always a stunner. What to expect from the table version? A balance between fruit forward notes and drying acidity, with a hint of sweetness. The aromas mix a bit of typical Riesling petrol with apricots and ripe peaches right off the orchard. The flavours begin with lime and grapefruit citrus elements for some fresh acidity, then ease into some green melon. The finish is longer than expected as the citrus blends some crispness with a touch of residual sugar.

Pair with: Go slightly retro with melon slices wrapped in prosciutto, or a fruit salad for an afternoon snack with a glass of wine. A slightly sweet BBQ chicken pizza will do for takeout one evening, as will almost any flavour of chicken wings.

Price: $13

Music pairing: Wastin’ Gas, Dallas Smith

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