Dining & Wine

11 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Your Favourite B.C. Reds

March 16, 2024

Exploring the world of wine is not just about savouring a glass; it’s about unlocking its full potential. From sipping to cooking, there are many ways to enjoy your favourite local reds. Here, we dive into some delicious ways to elevate your experience using wines from renowned local producers. —Ashley Harris

Blasted Church 2021 Small Blessings Mourvedre Syrah Grenache

Blasted Church’s 2021 Small Blessings Mourvedre Syrah Grenache ($40) is perfect for sipping and cooking. Pair it with a charcuterie board featuring cured meats, aged cheeses, and dried fruits for a delightful tasting experience. For cooking, use it to deglaze pans when preparing hearty stews or braised dishes for added depth of flavour.

Blasted Church 2019 Merlot

A versatile red like Merlot is a culinary staple. Create a classic pairing by enjoying Blasted Church’s 2019 Merlot ($34) alongside a juicy steak or a savoury mushroom risotto. For a twist, try using it to poach pears for an elegant dessert or incorporate it into a rich chocolate cake recipe for a decadent treat.

Haywire 2022 King Family Vineyard Merlot

Haywire’s 2022 King Family Vineyard Merlot ($33) offers a smooth and velvety texture, making it ideal for various culinary applications. Utilize it in a homemade tomato sauce for pasta or pizza, adding depth and complexity to the dish. Additionally, it pairs beautifully with grilled vegetables or a hearty lentil stew.

2019 Free Form Cabernet Franc

Free Form’s 2019 Cabernet Franc ($35) provides a smoky note with rich mocha and classic cabernet franc herbal aromatics, making it a fantastic accompaniment to grilled lamb chops. For a refreshing twist, create a summer sangria using this wine as a base, mixed with seasonal fruits and a splash of soda water.

NK’MIP Merlot 2020

NK’MIP (pronounced in-ka-meep) Cellars is Canada’s first Indigenous-owned winery, located on the Osoyoos Indian Band Reservation. Their Merlot 2020 ($26) showcases South Okanagan black fruit character and soft tannins. Pair this Merlot with a hearty beef stew or a mushroom risotto for a cozy evening.

NK’MIP Talon 2020

Another standout from NK’MIP Cellars is the Talon 2020 ($33). This blend features a harmonious combination of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Its bold dark fruit and chocolate flavours make it a perfect match for grilled lamb chops or a gourmet burger topped with blue cheese.

Saintly The Good Red

Saintly’s Good Red ($22) is a blend that is light bodied, dry, fresh, and fruity. Enjoy it alongside a charcuterie board filled with aged cheeses, cured meats, and fig preserves for a delightful evening with friends.

Jackson Triggs Grand Reserve Select Shiraz 2015

Jackson Triggs’ Grand Reserve Select Shiraz 2015 ($24) is a bold and robust wine with flavours of blackberry, cherry, and a hint of peppercorn. This wine pairs beautifully with peking duck, enhancing the flavours of both the wine and the food for a memorable dining experience.

See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Noir 2022 & Legacy Pinot Noir 2020

See Ya Later Ranch offers not one but two exceptional Pinot Noirs. Their 2022 Pinot Noir ($24) is fresh and vibrant with notes of fresh strawberries and sour cherries, making it an ideal companion for roasted salmon or a wild mushroom pizza. Meanwhile, the Legacy Pinot Noir 2020 ($43) is elegant and complex, with layers of red cherry, smoky oak and vanilla. Pair it with duck confit or a creamy risotto for a sophisticated dining experience.

Inniskillin Okanagan Pinot Noir 2021

Inniskillin Okanagan’s Pinot Noir 2021 ($22) is a true expression of the region’s climate, with bright acidity and delicate flavours of cherry and raspberry. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with various dishes, from tuna steaks to roasted vegetable lasagna.


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