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Wine reviews: A showcase of summer whites

Wine reviews: A showcase of summer whites

by | Aug 29, 2016 | Wine & Food

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-wine-2015-I-DoIntrigue I Do Bubbly
Lake Country, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $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
StarStarStarStar1/2 $26.90

Bordeaux-style blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Fermented and aged in barrels. Crisp, racy citrus zest, green nettles, hints of passionfruit. Great minerality. The wine finishes with a crisp freshness. Don’t serve too cold, allow the wine to develop in your glass. Serve with seafood or goat cheese salad.




Township 7 Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
Naramata, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $18

This chardonnay saw no oak and did not undergo malolactic fermentation. The result is a lively, fresh and fruity dry wine with grapefruit, lemon and pineapple notes. Enjoy with grilled fish or chicken breasts and Chilliwack corn on the cob.





Monster Vineyards 2015 Rose
Naramata, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar $15.90

Pink is the new black and this luminous bright pink rosé is a fruit cocktail in a bottle. Made from Malbec, Merlot and Syrah using the saignée method. Juicy and pure fun. Serve this lovely sipper well-chilled while you enjoy grilled prawns or a summer salad.




Lake Breeze 2012 Pinot Noir
Naramata, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar1/2 $25.90

Lovely dark, full-bodied Pinot Noir. Black cherries, raspberry, earthy beet, spice and soft oak aromas entice on the nose. Good tannin structure will ensure that this wine that will improve with further ageing. It will be a great match with pork or duck.

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Helene Scott

Head wine judge of Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, Helene Scott is a sommelier and wine writer. She’s worked with Quails’ Gate, Predator Ridge Resort and the Delta Grand Okanagan. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa she brings a worldly approach to her passion for wines.

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