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: Private Reserve Dry Riesling, 2015
Winery: Gehringer Brothers, Oliver
Why drink it? Riesling is generally an “easy drinking” white wine, as tasting room staff might say, and an good intro to German-style wines. It’s a good grape for the Okanagan, and this Riesling is a zippy nod to the more austere, less sweet/fruity versions. But it does have a peach and lime essence on the nose, though a dry, lime, kiwi, honey fullness on the tongue. A good palate cleanser between courses, it’s also a good choice on a hot day, and the price point means you can buy a case or two as you prepare for the upcoming spring and summer season. Gehringer is a winery that has been around for decades, and if it’s fallen off your radar, it’s time to go back for a visit.
Pair with: Just about any kind if salad; try spinach with strawberries, feta, lime zest and a lemon/lime vinaigrette. Eating something with heat, like a curry? This will calm down the spices. Also pairs well with Cajun chicken or turkey.
Classic cancon music pairing: Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane