| CHEERS TO BC WINE MONTH |
earned global attention, blending ripe fruit with peppery, meaty notes and a rich, soft texture, combining elements of the Old World Syrah and the New World Shiraz. Blends are also successful with incorporating Syrah alongside the Bordeaux varieties to add texture and flavour. Most Planted Whites Pinot Gris dominates white plantings in BC and typically makes medium- bodied melon and pear flavoured crisp whites. These are typically riper and more flavoursome than the Pinot Grigios of Northern Italy. Chardonnay is second and ranges from fresh, unoaked wines to world-class, barrel fermented and lees-aged wines that combine intensity, complexity, texture and BC’s trademark crisp acidity. Aromatic Gewürztraminer comes next, with its floral rose petal and lychee notes and often a hint of sweetness. Riesling follows and is increasingly made into powerful, dry, intense, racy wines capable of long aging. The list does not stop here, as inquisitive producers keep trying out new varieties to find the best grape to express each vineyard. Overall, more than 90 different varieties are planted in BC. The Price Myth BC wine is often cited as being expensive. The truth is, BC, like many excellent wine regions of the world, does not have a bulk wine region capable of producing the huge yields necessary to make inexpensive wine. It is all quality- focused, competing well in the $20 to $50 range with the rest of the world. Explore the Diversity BC Wine Month in April is the perfect time to explore BC’s backyard and taste the diversity and quality for yourself.
SANDHILL MERLOT BC VQA $20.99 576751
QUAILS’ GATE PINOT NOIR BC VQA $34.99 585760 This is a complex Pinot Noir with notes of cherry, raspberry, baking spice and potpourri. The palate is silky, textured with crisp acidity and forest floor notes on a long finish.
Enjoy notes of plum, blueberry, sage and Christmas cake along with violet and dried herbs. The palate is full-bodied with juicy red plum and cherry with some dusty oak.
OSOYOOS LAROSE LE GRAND VIN BC VQA $57.99 129999 This is an intense, structured wine, perfect for aging, with flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant, dried herbs, eucalyptus and cedar, with leather, black olive and toasty oak on the long finish.
RED ROOSTER PINOT GRIS BC VQA $21.99 533174 Fruity aromas of honeydew melon, Asian pear, apple peel and lemon precede a crisp, dry palate with flavours of lemon zest, mandarin orange, peach and ruby grapefruit.
MISSION HILL RESERVE CHARDONNAY BC VQA $25.99 18812 This crisp, racy Chardonnay delivers subtle oak, popcorn, hazelnut and butter notes alongside fresh green apple, pear, lemon and nectarine with a long mineral finish.
FORT BERENS RIESLING BC VQA $23.99 641357 Expect a fresh nose of apple, pear and lemon with light blossom and chamomile notes. The palate is off-dry with crisp acidity, lots of lemon, lime and green apple.
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