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a delightful, easy-to-drink wine that makes you smile. While it still carries
a hefty price tag, it is a worthy substitute for the classic wines of Burgundy.
OKANAGAN PREMIUM RED
It seemed wrong to pen an article for the 75th anniversary of a regional
magazine without mentioning the wines of that very region.
As the readers of this journal are no doubt well aware, there are now many
prestigious and cellar-worthy B.C. reds to choose from that are readily available.
To mention a few: Osoyoos Larose, Portfolio from Laughing Stock,
Oculus and Compendium from Mission Hill, Painted Rock’s Red Icon, Nota
Bene from Black Hills Estate and Poplar Grove’s Legacy. All of the above are
Bordeaux blends. The Okanagan version of fine Burgundy is probably best
exemplified by the excellent pinot noir produced at Foxtrot Vineyards.
Spierhead Pinot Noir #620955 $25
An excellent alternative to the Foxtrot pinot noir, for a fraction
of the price, is the pinot made by Spierhead Winery.
Spierhead is relatively new on the scene and is owned in
part by Bill Knutson, Q.C., a distinguished member of the
British Columbia bar. Its first vintage of pinot noir was in
2010 and it very quickly won acclaim by being chosen the
best pinot in Canada out of close to 100 entries at the 2012
Canadian Wine Awards. The 2016 vintage is now available at government
liquor stores and is definitely worth picking up. This wine displays bright
and delicious red fruit that is nicely balanced with a touch of light oak. It
has a long and satisfying finish that serves as a tempting invitation to your
next sip. This wine would pair beautifully with grilled salmon or roasted
Pétales d’Osoyoos 2013 #343103 $27
If your preference is Bordeaux-styled wine, but you don’t
want to pay the exorbitant prices now attached to flagship
wines such as Mission Hill’s Oculus, you may wish to try the
Pétales d’Osoyoos. This is the second wine of Osoyoos
Larose, made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. There is an abundant
display of blackberry fruit, melded with notes of