Wine: Pinot Blanc, 2018
Winery: Lake Breeze, Naramata Bench
Why drink it? Pinot Blanc is often a forgotten white wine, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir that sometime wants to be like Chardonnay, but thankfully is a distinctive clean and crisp option. Both the 2017 and 2018 were tasted, and both have lively fresh pear and green apple notes on the nose; the older vintage has some peach, and both are quite aromatic. On the palate the 2018 carries on with the apple essence and brings in a bit of tropical fruit and green melon. More complex on the finish than you might expect, with a tease of minerality to wrap things up before the next sip.
Pair with: Almost any type of seafood, especially a ceviche or shellfish dish, spot prawns during the brief season when they’re available. Fruit salads, or hybrids such as the trendy compressed watermelon and feta creation with candied nuts.
Music pairing: Smile, Wide Mouth Mason