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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 849 pers, but with the right food the intense fruit is tamed and mellowed. None are available at your local LDB outlet, but B.C. versions can be found in private wine stores, BC VQA stores (including the wine stores now appearing at Save-On and Superstore) or online from the wineries. Prices vary and I have added taxes to get the general price range for each. Also, only B.C. versions are available. Given they supply a niche market, you will have to look for foreign versions when you travel to other wine regions where they are made. Here is a sampling of wines: CHABERTON PINOT GRIS 2016 BC VQA British Columbia #627638 $20.00 (approx.) Not quite an orange wine, but with its long skin contact it has a golden pink and orange hue like you see in a summer evening sky. The nose has peach, light cranberry, apricot and wet stone. The palate has grapefruit citrus, dried apricot and peach, with orange marmalade and mineral notes. The grapes are from vineyards in the Oliver and Cawston areas. They are wholeberry crushed and soaked on their skins for 16 hours to extract colour. This was a silver medal winner at the 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships. Food pairings include cheese or charcuterie, pork loin and roast turkey, so it is a good choice over Christmas. NICHOL PINOT GRIS 2016 BC VQA Okanagan Valley #298190 $24.00 (approx.) This winery pioneered pink Pinot Gris decades ago. The wine has extensive skin contact before fermentation (what winemakers call a “cold soak”—in this vintage for 36 hours). The winery notes that this vintage was then pressed off the skins and fermented in a combination of large open-top fermenters and five-year-old French barriques before settling, gentle filtration and bottling. The result has orange wine characteristics, from its salmonberry colour to its nose of red currant and red apple with notes of ginger and mineral, with similar flavours mixed with a bit of peach, apricot and grapefruit rind, and a long, slightly bitter and tannic finish. Colour included, it is made for a planked BBQ salmon but will again do well with hard cheeses, or roasted poultry or milder Indian food. SPERLING VINEYARDS NATURAL AMBER PINOT GRIS 2015 Okanagan Valley $30.00 (approx.) The Sperlings and Casorsos are pioneer farming families in Kelowna who have been growing fruits and vegetables for well over a century and grow-


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