Local Summer Wines

Written by  Administrator , on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 04:18

British Columbia has Wil Ford, Wine Manager for Steamworks Fine Wine & Spirits, has several years under his belt of being deeply involved in the world of grapes and wineries. He is WSET-certified (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and also holds an unmistakable passion for the subject. Here are his top picks of local wines that are perfect for summer with the ideal food pairing to whet your appetite.

“Vivacious” is a limited-run 2009 white wine from Van Westen, a winery based in Naramata, British Columbia. As of late, the winery has been at the forefront of white wine production. The name on the bottle tells all about this award-winning wine - which took the gold medal at this year's Northwest Coast Wine Summit. Wil explains the lively, fresh wine has intense pear, apple, and citrus notes, which make it a fantastic suitor for light, fresh foods – a pear and walnut salad with citrus dressing would be particularly delicious.

Second on the list: the 2010 8th Generation Vineyards' "Integrity", a Frizzante and a champion in Canada for staying to to this Italian-style wine. Travelling from beautiful Summerland, this wine is a careful compilation of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc. These 8th generation German winemakers are talented at their craft; this sparkling wine is fill with citrus and peach notes and absolutely effervescent on the palette. “You can pair sparkling wines with almost anything – just take a good wine and go for it – explore,” Wil explains, ”This one’s a crowd pleaser.” But if that leaves everything just a bit too broad, Wil recommends barbecued seafood and a juicy side of stuffed peppers.

Finally, his current favorite in vintage. The 2010 Joie Noble Rose is a well-known classic. More on the dry side, and rich with berries, this well-balanced wine from the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley is a combination of Pinot Noir and Gamay. Compliment this iconic British Columbian wine with chicken or pork and a strawberry salad with a berry vinaigrette. Re-think pink and enjoy the wonderful varietals of wines that this beautiful province has to offer.




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