CHRISTINE CAMPBELL Christine Campbell is a Vancouver-based freelance and travel writer, educator and host of the Wine Soundtrack Canada podcast. She is WSET Certified, is a French Wine Scholar and holds her Master of Champagne certification. Follow Christine’s adventures in wine and travel at www.girlsgogrape.com

Chardonnay & Butternut Squash Soup WINTER EXPERIENCE: CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT Chardonnay is hailed as the winemaker’s grape. Different expressions of Chardonnay result from winemaking choices: freshness from wines fermented in stainless steel, freedom of expression from concrete tanks or warmth from wines matured in oak. From refined and bright to creamy and lush, there is a Chardonnay for every occasion. Pairing an oaked Chardonnay with creamy butternut squash soup on a cold, rainy night is exceptional for warmth and comfort. Toasty vanilla flavours complement the buttery body of the wine, which makes a delicious partnership for the soup. With an oaked Chardonnay, you will find crisp apple, peach and pineapple flavours to keep your mouth refreshed.

NK'MIP CHARDONNAY BC VQA $22.99 626408 Enjoy this food-friendly oaked Chardonnay from the Okanagan Valley. Its tropical and baking spice aromas alongside a toasty, creamy texture will delight the palate.

Gewürztraminer & Quiche Lorraine WINTER EXPERIENCE: BRUNCH AROUND THE FIREPLACE Believed to hail from Italy but grown extensively throughout the vineyards of Alsace, France, Gewürztraminer is a wine that brings a European bent to winter in British Columbia. Known for its tantalizing aromatics, Gewürztraminer grows well in cool-climate regions and is BC’s fourth-most-grown white wine grape. The Lorraine region of France lies along the western border of Alsace, which makes quiche Lorraine and a chilled glass of Gewürztraminer a regional match. Intense fruity and floral notes such as lychee, ripe stone fruit and rose petal in the wine elevate the salty, savoury flavours of quiche Lorraine. Yum!

GRAY MONK GEWÜRZTRAMINER BC VQA $20.99 321588 Exotic and aromatic, Gray Monk’s Gewürztraminer is a winner. Slightly off-dry, it offers flavours of lychee nut, mandarin orange, rosewater and a hint of ginger.


HAYWIRE PINOT GRIS BC VQA $22.99 562793 Haywire’s Pinot Gris sings with nectarine, lemon zest and melon flavours. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, this is an excellent example of BC Pinot Gris.

Named for the fruit’s grey-pink skin, Pinot Gris is the most-grown white grape variety in the province. Expressions of BC Pinot Gris range from light and crispy to rich and textured and pair well with food. British Columbia is one of the best places in the world for Pacific salmon fishing, and salmon pairs exceptionally well with Pinot Gris. Why? The wine’s acidity balances the oily richness of the salmon, and Pinot Gris' zesty spiciness and pear, apricot, apple, honey, spice and smoke flavours complement salmon’s distinctive taste without being overwhelming.



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