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Taster’s Choice: Holiday Edition

Taster’s Choice: Holiday Edition

Showcasing a wicker hamper of goodies for holiday dining and entertaining with friends and family, the five-star rating system stresses value for price.

Manotsuru "Bylzai" Ginjo Sake
Sado Island, Niigata, Japan
StarStarStarStar $13.29 

 A premium, micro-brewed Sake, Bulzai is made with rice milled to 60%, a small amount of distilled alcohol and pasteurization only before bottling. Zesty palate offers delicate flavours of banana, white pepper, licorice and mineral. Pair with light fish and seafood.

Summerland, British Columbia
StarStarStarStar $24.49

Why not an Okanagan Sparkling Shiraz, a style appreciated Down Under? This example sports fine, fizzy, crimson bubbles and meaty, intensely rich sour cherry, blackberry and licorice with notes of yeast and smoke. Serve chilled with game, turkey and chocolate.

Oliver, Golden Mile Bench, British Columbia
StarStarStarStar 1/2 $45

Awesome meritage blend is first Hester Creek wine with new Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation. It boasts poignant, voluptuous flavours of plum, black pepper, cassis, dark chocolate and cigar smoke backed by succulent tannins. Partners roasted lamb, duck.








Roussillon, France
StarStarStarStar 1/2 $23.49

From a cuvée of Syrah and Grenache grown on a stony site, this rich, dense red delivers character, complexity and longevity. Concentrated flavours suggest black fruit, fig, black pepper, toffee and lavender with ripe, chewy tannins. Takes cassoulet, pepper steak.

Kaleden, British Columbia
StarStarStarStar 1/2 $45

Warm and comforting tonic against winter draughts, this stunning fortified wine is the perfect, after-dinner nightcap. Tawny-hued with a luscious palate exuding black cherry, raisins, dates, butterscotch, walnuts and spices. Serve with Stilton, dark chocolate, nuts.

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Wine columnist for Okanagan Life Magazine, Michael Botner authors our High Spirits feature. Trained as a chartered accountant, Michael now devotes his time and energy to Accounting for Taste, a company dedicated to demystifying wine. As a wine consultant, Michael has chaired a number of international wine competitions. More posts

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