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Have a spring fling with BC wines!
Springtime in the Okanagan Valley not only signals the beginning of the growing season but also the time when new BC wines are released. Here are few wine picks worthy to become acquainted with.
Laughing Stock Portfolio 2010 $42
This is a massive wine showing concentrated aromas and flavours of rich cassis, blackberry, and cherry with underlying characteristics of coffee, smoke, chocolate, Asian spice and tobacco leaf. Lay this wine down over the next year and enjoy it over the following 5-8 years.
Recommended food pairing: Standing Rib Roast, garlic mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding.
Laughing Stock Chardonnay 2011 $26
This 100% Chard shows a stunning complexity of rich, full aromas of pineapple, Fuji apple, buttery lees with a soft, hedonistic texture of rich tropical fruit, creamy, buttered apple, vanilla and a hint of toast. Get some before it’s all gone!!
Recommended food pairing: Chilled lobster and warm clarified butter.
Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc 2010 $27
One of the finest Cab Franc’s in BC. Brimming with rich, ripe cassis, blackberry, plum, liquorice, menthol, Asian spice, creamy vanilla and toasty oak; a mouthful of complex aromas and flavours. The texture is velvety soft and elegant but with ripe tannins and a long, intense finish. It doesn’t get much better than this. YUMMY!!!
Recommended food pairing: Braised lamb or veal shanks.
Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2011 $25
Very smooth and round with vibrant black cherry, black plum, hints of toast, and smoke. The texture on the palate is velvety rich, lots of black fruit flavours, liquorice, leather and peppery spice layered with smoky and toasty oak flavours. This Pinot is quite ageable. Cellar for another 3-5 years.
Recommended food pairing: Roast/Smoked Duck breast.
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