Wine: Gamay Noir, 2021
Winery: Deep Roots, Naramata Bench
Why drink it? If you missed this vintage, follow the winery for info on when the next bottles will be released. The winery has done well with awards and accolades with this varietal, and the 2021 joins other premium Naramata wines in its ‘best of the bench’ collection. Opening with fresh and lively aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries with hints of wildflowers, the red fruits lean toward wild strawberries on the palate. A bit of baking spice and citrus zest comes through this juicy red that finishes with light tannins and just enough acidity.
Pair with: You can get away with grilled salmon with a miso-flavoured sauce or side dish, a salmon dip such as the Greek taramasalata, or a variety of full-fat smoked cheeses. Give a good meatloaf, including a vegetarian version with nuts and mushrooms, a try.
Music pairing: Roots, Zac Brown Band