The perfect red wine for many, Pinot Noir tends to be smooth, easy to sip and the ideal summer red since it’s well balanced and never heavy. B.C. boasts some spectacular ones—including these four must-tries. (Bonus: August 18 is National Pinot Noir Day—the perfect excuse to raise a glass!) —Catherine Dunwoody
CedarCreek Estate Winery Simes Vineyard Pinot Noir: From the award-winning winery’s Platinum Collection, this certified-organic pinot is velvety and balanced, with dense fruit flavours like fresh cherry, and just a touch of oak.
Blue Grouse Quill 2020 Pinot Noir: Visit this Duncan, B.C., winery to grab a bottle or two of this well-rounded wine with its silky tannins and light body, lovely for summer.
Blasted Church Vineyards 2020 Pinot Noir: A gorgeous ruby with the scent of dried cherries and berries is earthy and elegant, perfect with grilled salmon. This Okanagan Falls winery is celebrating 20 years on August 20with a party; grab this pinot while you’re there.
Township 7 Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir: Smooth with delicate fruit and light on the tannins, this one’s available at both Township 7’s Naramata Bench and Langley wineries. Pair it with a couscous salad and dried cherries.