Lifestyle & Parenting

Summer Wine Roundup: Top 6 sippers

August 9, 2013

We’ve (happily) done the research on this one: herewith, 5 wines we keep
chilled all summer long.

Whispering Angel Rose, 2011

As the sunny stretch continues, so should your intake of rosé. Cast in
the Southern French style more-white-then-re as opposed to the
more-red-then-white roses we see in the new world. With food or just
some French pop music and a magazine this should transport you poolside
at the Hotel Du Cap. $29.99 at BC
Liquor Stores

Fandango 2012, Terravista Vineyards

Brought to you by winemaker Senka Tennant (original cofounder and
winemaker of Black Hills and the cult wine Nota Bene), they have struck
pay dirt again with this exquisite summer sipper. This refreshing combo
of Albarino and Verdejo juice is full of citrus and cleanses the palate
like a scoop of grapefruit sorbet. Pair it with fresh seafood, lemon,
chilies and mint (oh, and sunshine). From $25 direct from winery,

Blue Grouse 2007 Pinot Noir

Newly available (just) on the mainland at specialty shops and
restaurants this hidden gem from the Cowichan Valley peaked our interest
on a recent Victoria visit. Will most likely hit the shelves at $24-
great value for a decent BC pinot…I’m sure the sale won’t last
forever. Start with salmon and finish with cherries and mint served over
ice cubes (and exaggerated stories). From $25,

Steller’s Jay 2008 Brut

Made in the traditional French method this tasty blend of Pinot Blanc,
pinot noir and Chardonny is fit for any celebration…like, dinner. If a
pretty woman from K-town was swept off her feet by a sophisticated
Frenchman, this would be the love child. $24.99 at BC
Liquor Stores

Laughing Stock 2012 Pinot Gris

It took silver at this year’s national wine awards, but it’s gold in our
books. From the sunny slopes of Naramata (home to most of our favourite
BC whites), its vibrant acidity makes this wine a perfect pairing to
seafood and shellfish. Open a bottle to celebrate the running of the
salmon this summer. From $22 direct from winery,

Osoyoos LaRose Le Grand Vin 2008

Just as the blackberries are
starting to ripen comes this Bordeaux-style red blend with complementary
notes. Add in the dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla, and it sounds
like dessert to us. With its young and handsome new French winemaker
Mathieu Mercier newly arrived at the Oliver vineyard, we can expect even
more grand things in vintages to come. $45 at

Sarah & Murray Bancroft


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