The Okanagan’s bright acidity keeps this well-noted rich, intense, floral ’n’ spice varietal fresh, tangy and not cloying. Characteristic lychee and exotic spices pervade the senses from aromatic start to off-dry finish. Remarkably versatile, whether with a smoked salmon appetizer or a spicy Asian-style entrée.
A buxom, well-priced rosé from the Valle de Tulum. Deep blood-orange/pink colour; cherry-pit nose; full-bodied, dry cherry flavour with a smoky note. Match it with charcuterie.
Violet, cherry and raspberry aromas with whiffs of forest floor. Medium-bodied with round tannins. Seductive and fresh yet powerful. Well balanced with a finish showcasing finesse, savouriness and minerality. Light-footed for 14.5% alcohol. Serve with rotisserie chicken.
Husband-and-wife team Kari and Clayton Stenson are making luscious ales out of their 2-year-old brewery in the windy town of Swift Current. Their milk stout is my favourite: made with 5 different types of malt barley, wheat and oats, this jet-black brew will shatter your misconceptions about dark beer being bitter and foreboding. Notes of dark chocolate, figs and plum, with a ribbon of creamy sweetness, ride on a smooth, silky body.
Distilled once in copper pots from Quebranta grapes and rested and bottled undiluted, this single-varietal pisco is the work of master distiller, blender and tireless Peruvian pisco champion Melanie Asher. The nose is predominantly fresh wine grapes with lime, lemongrass and white flowers. Mix this in a mighty fine pisco punch.
Deeply scented, attractively ripe dark berry-fruit, elegant cinnamon, clove and a subtle whiff of oak on the nose, with mouth-filling blackberry and red currant flavours, firm, dry tannins, good acid balance and a splash of dark chocolate completing the picture.
A blend of about 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay made in the traditional bubbly method. The nose is lovely with biscuit, cherry, raspberry and subtle herb and rhubarb notes. On the palate it’s quite dry and refreshing with crisp red fruits, pomegranate, apple, citrus, bramble and toasty vanilla notes through a lively, bright finish.