Wine: Cabernet Franc, 2020
Winery: Uppercase, Oliver
Why drink it? Of the Cabernets, Franc deserves more attention than it generally receives, and it’s an excellent varietal for the Okanagan. Find this one at the District Wine Village, and you’ll find a brambly and ripe red wine that beautifully reflects the terroir of the southern valley. Aromas of dark cherries, freshly harvested black currants, dried herbs, and a hint of wild violets. On the palate, ripe raspberries and plums blend into the cherry notes, along with some minerality. The French oak treatment gives just enough toast and spice to make this wine elegant and complex.
Pair with: Break out the air fryer for a roasted pork or lamb creation, or roast some mild or sweet sausages that aren’t too spicy. A good winter stew with or without meat. A nicely spiced lentil and mushroom version should do nicely.
Music pairing: Paperback Writer, The Beatles