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Wine reviews: fine vintage showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise

Enjoy these fine vintage wines showcasing both terroir and winemaking expertise Fairview Cellars 2013 Pendiente De La Terraza Oliver, Okanagan Valley 1/2  $45 The grapes for this lovely 100% Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Alonso Family's Quail's Wayside vineyard. The wine has a rich fruitcake nose with hints of spice, eucalyptus and mint. Velvety smooth but will improve with further cellaring. Braised beef short ribs or bison will pair well with this opulent wine. Mt. Boucherie 2013 Summit Winemaker’s Reserve West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley 1/2 $49.95 Winemaker Jim Faulkner’s flagship blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec...

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Wine reviews: A showcase of summer whites

A showcase of summer wines, from crisp and refreshing whites to elegant rosé and Pinot Noir. See the High Sprits wine column: Summer wine picks   Intrigue I Do Bubbly Lake Country, Okanagan Valley  $17.30 Bubbly makes me happy and this is happiness in a bottle! Beautiful copper pink colour. Easy to drink, fun and fruity, field strawberry and red berry fruit, gentle frizzante bubbles. Made mainly from Riesling with Merlot, Malbec and Rotberger contributing the colour. Celebrate with family and friends, fruit salad and wedding cake.         Clos Du Soleil 2014 Capella Keremeos, Similkameen Valley...

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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  $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. SUMAC RIDGE STELLER’S JAY SPARKLING SHIRAZ Summerland, British Columbia $24.49 Why not an Okanagan Sparkling Shiraz, a style appreciated Down Under? This example sports fine, fizzy,...

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GOOD LIFE: Taster’s Choice Okanagan Falls

Showcasing a varied selection of grape varieties and wine styles produced by Okanagan Falls Wineries. The five star rating system stressed the value for price (pre-tax). Stag's Hollow 2013 Tempranillo Okanadan Falls, Okanagan Valley 1/2 $25.99  Produced from fruit grown in 3 Okanagan vineyards, including 1/3 Stag’s Hollow estate vines planted in 2006, spicy, complex Tempranillo sports richly-textured blackberry, plums, pipe tobacco, vanilla, leather, paprika and smoky oak. Calls for grilled lamb, pork. Nobel Ridge 2012 Estate Meritage Okanadan Falls, Okanagan Valley  1/2 $17.30 Dynamite red blend boasts ultra-ripe, supple plum, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit and intriguing nuances of cocoa,...

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Taster’s Choice: Wine reviews from the Naramata Bench

Showcasing a quintet of fabulous wines from selected producers on the multi-faceted Naramata Bench. The five-star rating system stresses value for price. Tightrope 2014 Viognier Penticton, British Columbia 1/2 $27 Barrel-fermented for three months, the result is a refined, well-man-nered Viognier. It offers yeasty, floral aromas and complex, bone dry flavours of pineapple, tangerine, apricot, nut-meg, ginger and min-eral refreshed by zesty acidity. Likes butter and cream sauces.   Lake Breeze 2014 Pinot Gris Naramata, British Columbia $19 Poised Pinot Gris pleases the senses with aromas of white flowers and candied peach, pear and apple fruit. Rich, honeyed palate sports...

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