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850 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 ing wine grapes for almost half a century. The founder, Giovanni Casorso, established a friendship with Father Pandosy, who had established a Catholic Mission there in the late 1800s, and bought local farmland. (The rest, as they say, is history, certainly in the Okanagan.) The Sperling family provided grapes to top wineries for decades before opening their own winery, with daughter Ann (an internationally renowned winemaker) at the helm. This is a true orange wine, made naturally (with no additions of sulphites, fining or filtration) with forty per cent whole cluster, forty per cent whole berry and twenty per cent pressed juice. It was fermented on natural yeasts and underwent a secondary malolactic ferment. Consequently, it is one of those that must be left to settle and decanted, or it will be somewhat cloudy. A dark rusty-orange colour, it has aromas of sweet almond/apricot pit, intense and slightly sour apple, strawberry and stone fruit, and lively flavours of yellow peach, red apple skin, red currant and almonds with leesy notes and a crisp acidic finish. It won a gold medal at the 2016 National Wine Awards of Canada and will do very well with foods that normally go with beer (if you have a palate for sour beer, this is a wine for you), including curries, spicy roast chicken or pork or fermented Korean or Japanese food. SAGE HILLS VINEYARDS RHYMES WITH ORANGE PINOT GRIS 2016 BC VQA Okanagan Valley $30.00 (approx.) This version from organically grown grapes is filtered and fined, and so there is no need to decant. Macerated and fermented on its skins for ten days, it has a deep pinkish-orange hue. The nose displays intense peach, apricot, and some red apple and (dare I say) hints of orange peel. It tastes of ripe peach, with a bit of cranberry and some light caramel notes and has a long finish (no doubt due in part to its 14.1% alcohol content—it is a big wine). While it may not appeal to purists of the form, it is a tasty competitor that will find a broader audience than most of this style will find. The winery recommends it with chicken and mushrooms, meaty pastas or a charcuterie, and those all seem good choices to me. Indian curries also spring to mind, as does Asian fare. THE HATCH RHYMES WITH DOOR HINGE 2016 Okanagan Valley #745109-1 $30.00 (approx.) From a newer West Kelowna winery, this pale-copper elixir is a mix of Kerner, Schoenburger and Chardonnay co-fermented and kept on skins for six weeks in old puncheons. It has a nose of orange blossom, yellow peach and light apricot aromas and flavours of peach, marmalade-like citrus peel


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