We don’t see a lot of white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (only 1 in every 16 bottles from the region is white). A blend of 38% Roussanne, 31% Grenache Blanc and the rest Clairette and Bourboulenc, this wine is surprisingly light in colour with a greenish tint. It shows a spicy, honeysuckle and apple nose with a touch of oak; full-bodied on the palate, it’s dry and elegant with apple and pear flavours, beautifully balanced with great length.
Garnet, brick red rim. Beautiful nose, complex and very elegant featuring a fair dose of oak. Powerful, very tight and firm, finely grained tannins support a ripe, fruity mid-palate. The gripping finish will need time to soften up.
Another rye-based Polish vodka which seems to share many of the positive aspects of the Wyborowa (clean, peppery, vanilla-tinged aromatics — this time with slight herbal nuances). Clean, with nice body and texture, and the pronounced peppery aromas characteristic of rye-based spirits. Distilled since 1864, the brand is partially owned — and fully endorsed — by actor Bruce Willis. Yippee ki-yay, martini lover. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Eminently savoury, fruity, spicy and quaffable (12% alc.). This balanced blend of Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) offers good value. Classic blackcurrant, plum and dried herbs. Poised to please the “red wine” crowd.
Dense purple in colour, the nose is a cornucopia of blackcurrant, plum and cherry aromas. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with cedary, black fruit flavours with notes of smoked meat and dark chocolate. This wine cries out for pepper steak.
Attention-grabbing fruit-salad aromas and mouth-watering orchard-fruit flavours ensure a crowd-pleasing quaff. Off-dry honeyed notes bookend splashes of crisp citrus flecked with fresh herbs. Chill well, then untwist cap to kick-start your patio party. Very green salad–friendly, too.
From 5 sites in West Kelowna and in Lake Country, all within sight of Okanagan Lake. Aged on lees in neutral French oak. Pretty garnet colour in the glass, cherry, strawberry and earthy aromas, followed by a medium-bodied palate with dark cherry and mushroom hints over a pleasing savoury edge and well-integrated, approachable tannins.