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Evolve Cellars, Summerland

For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjoying a glass. For current availability, consult the winery.

Wine: Elevate, 2016 (red blend)

Winery: Evolve Cellars, Summerland

Why drink it? A new release from Evolve, this Cabernet-Shiraz blend delivers some excellent fruit upon a swirl and sniff: fresh blackberries, plums, and if you close your eyes for a moment, hints of white pepper and sage leaves. The winery describes this bottle as “juicy”, which it certainly is, with lush layers of dark berries – those blackberries from the aromas, plus huckleberries and dark currants. Mild toasty oak flavours with some vanilla bean round it out, but this is a young vintage. Pleasant to drink now, but if you give this a couple of years on the wine rack it should soften and be even more gratifying.

Price: $30

Pair with: A red that can be enjoyed when a surprise guest pops in and you can grab a couple of glasses and catch up. Even better when that friend brings leftover chili that’s not too spicy, or you have enough time to run out for the makings of a plate of antipasto.

Classic CanCon music pairing: Rise Up, The Parachute Club

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