Wine: Okanagan Estate Riesling, 2019
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.
Music pairing: Wastin’ Gas, Dallas Smith