5 BC VQA Wines for Easter

It is the Easter weekend for many people around the world, and besides the religious celebrations, enjoying meals with family and friends is also a big part.  The BC VQA Spring wine release kicked off this week, but the wines may not yet be at your local bottle shop or BC Liquor Store.  Here are 5 BC VQA wines that I reviewed from Fall 2018 that I think will nicely complement fish, poultry, and/or pork dishes.  If you happen to be close to a BC winery, I also will list a few Spring releases that I think would be nice with an Easter meal.

5 BC VQA Wine Suggestions

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris 2017 – Light stone fruit plus honey nose.  Smooth with light acidity and some minerality.  Delicious stone fruit flavours. Pair with seafood. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2016 – Light citrus, apple and butterscotch aromas.  Round with medium acidity.  Very flavourful with ripe apples, butterscotch, sweet spices and a hint of peach on the palate. Pair with roast chicken or pork. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Fitz Brut 2015 – This sparkling wine has a light apple aroma.  Dry, with high acidity and a creamy biting small bubble.  Bruised apple and toast on the palate. Sparkling wine tends to pair with everything. Try all of the above. 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris 2017, Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2016, and Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Fitz Brut 2015 wines

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris 2017, Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2016, and Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards Fitz Brut 2015 wines

Rust Wine Co. Gamay 2017 – Gamay may not jump out at a grape you know much about, but it is very similar to Pinot Noir at a lower price point.  Have you heard of Beaujolais wine?  That is made from Gamay.  It has a juicy nose with aromas of bramble and raspberries.  Medium plus body and acidity.  Bramble and spice flavours, along with a mineral streak.  The light tannins help it pair with seafood as well as pork and poultry. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

The View Winery Pinot Noir 2017 – Red cherry aroma in the glass. Medium body with waves of flavour alternating between red cherries, bramble and raspberries.  Sweet spices and pepperiness as well. 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars

Rust Wine Co. Gamay 2017 and The View Winery Pinot Noir 2017 wines

Rust Wine Co. Gamay 2017 and The View Winery Pinot Noir 2017 wines

Bonus Wines from the Spring BC VQA Release

Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018 – Very aromatic grapefruit on the nose with flavour also on the palate.  Dry, full-bodied.  Definitely good to pair with seafood. 4.5 out of 5 stars

LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017 –  Ripe bruised or baked apple nose.  Fuller body. Smooth with medium acidity.  Baked apple flavour.  Try with roast chicken or pork. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017 – Toasty and tropical nose.  Full body. Dry. Tropical fruit and some butterscotch on the palate. Another good choice for roast chicken or pork. 4 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars

Kalala Organic Estate Winery Zweigelt 2017 – Red cherries, nutmeg and oak on the nose.  Soft tannins, medium acidity and some pepperiness on the palate.  Red cherry, nutmeg and vanilla flavours.  This soft, dry, wine should be a red choice for pork or chicken. 4 out of 5 stars

Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018, LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017, Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017, and Kalala Organic Estate Winery Zweigelt 2017 wines

Indigenous World Winery Pinot Gris 2018, LaStella Winery Vivace Pinot Grigio 2017, Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017, and Kalala Organic Estate Winery Zweigelt 2017 wines

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Food also loves wine so I also cover food and wine pairings and restaurant reviews. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.