Wine: Vista’s Edge Cabernet Franc, 2019
Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna
Why drink it? Part of the winery’s Terroir Collection, a series of wines that explores the microclimates in Okanagan wine country, the grapes for this bottle come from the southern tip of the valley, from a vineyard in the edge of the U.S. border. Characteristic cab franc aromas of earthy herbs and blueberries rise from the glass, with a nod of oak notes from the French barrique treatment. You’ll taste further herbaceous flavours and dark plums, surprisingly bright acidity, and a lengthy finish with medium tannins. You’ll want to take some time to savour this bottle sip by sip.
Pair with: Your favourite lamb dish, the classic pairing with duck, or roast chicken with rosemary or tarragon. Give fennel a shot in a side dish of some sort. Find a good steak and kidney pie from a local bakery or on a bistro’s take home heat-and-eat menu.
Music pairing: Slow Hands, Niall Horan