The Canada Day long weekend celebration is on with picnics and bbqs and generally getting together with friends and family. Enjoying this scene with BC wine would make it even better in my opinion. Below is a list of BC wines I tasted recently that I think would be nice to have this long weekend. Enjoy.
A Few Suggested BC Wines for the Canada Day Long Weekend
Blasted Church Vineyards OMFG MMXV (BC $ 40) – Sparkling wine. Bright lemon with a straw tinge colour. Medium-plus intensity sweet aromas of stone fruits, apple and a hint of brioche. Slightly off-dry with mouth-filling creamy medium-sized bubbles. Bright acidity. Stone fruit, citrus and crisp apple plus a touch of floral on the palate. Medium length finishing with citrus and stone fruits and some grape stem bitterness.
Free Form Garnet Valley Ranch Organic Riesling 2020, BC – Grapes are whole bunch pressed then fermented in stainless steel tanks using native yeast. It has a deep golden colour. Ripe pears and honey aromas, but with more exposure to air you get lychee as well. Medium sweetness with a light body and lightly round. Apricot, honey, dried apricots, and some nuttiness. A long lingering finish. An amazing wine.
Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc 2021, BC – Melon, stone fruit and honey aromas. Off-dry, soft with medium acidity. Stone fruit flavours plus a hint of pine needles.
Harper’s Trail Silver Mane Block Riesling 2020, BC – Nice stone fruit and petrol aromas. Lighter body with a round, soft mouthfeel, but still has medium-plus acidity. Sweet and tart stone fruit flavours.
Bordertown Pinot Gris 2019, BC – Medium lemon colour. Light peach aroma plus a touch of honey. Medium body, soft and smooth mouthfeel. Oranges and stone fruit flavours. Medium acidity. Any easy sipper.
Peak Cellars Gruner Veltliner 2020, BC – Medium-plus lemon colour. Toast, tea leaves, apricot and honey aromas. Medium body, dry, with a lean-ish mouthfeel. Tea leaves, stone fruits and honey on the palate. Medium-plus acidity supports the wine, not overdone. Light pepperiness and honey on the finish.
Seven Stones Winery Rain Stone White 2021 (Similkameen Valley) – 96% Chardonnay and 4% Orange Muscat in this blend. A cool ferment in stainless steel. A medium-plus bright lemon colour with a tinge of green. Stone fruits, green fruits, tropical fruits and a hint of orange on the nose. Medium-plus body, smooth and round with medium acidity. Stone fruits to start with tropical fruits on the mid-palate to the finish, plus a hint of orange on the finish. –
Moon Curser Vineyards Viognier 2021 (Osoyoos) $23.99 – Cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Medium-plus bright lemon colour. Lots of tropical fruit aromas, plus pears and a touch of stone fruits. Medium body, smooth with a thicker mouthfeel. Medium acidity. Tropical fruits, mineral and a touch of pepperiness on the palate. A medium-minus length. –
CedarCreek Platinum Home Block Rosé 2021, BC – Made using Pinot Noir grapes. A light pale pink colour. Fresh wild strawberries, red cherries and a touch of tropical fruit on the nose. Medium body and acidity, smooth and round. Bright strawberry flavours, plus some red cherries and then tart red fruit on the finish.
Stag’s Hollow Winery Syrah Rosé 2021 (BC $25) – A brighter, lighter salmon colour. Medium intensity aromas of rhubarb and strawberries. Dryish, medium body with a thicker, smooth mouthfeel. It does have a light acidic prickle. Rhubarb, strawberries and tart red cherries on the palate. Some tart red fruit and bitter grape stem on the finish. –
Singletree Winery Harness 2017 (BC $30.35) – Deep garnet colour. Medium-minus aromas of plums, red fruits, and touches of oak and vanilla. Dry, fuller body and mouth-filling. Smooth to start then tannins get strong to the finish. Plums, ripe and candied black cherries and black fruit flavours on the palate. A touch of oak. Medium length with red cherries, black fruits, and dark chocolate flavours.
Frind Estate Winery Midnight 2020 (BC $25.99) – no decanting. Opaque ruby from rim to the core. Medium-plus aromas of juicy, ripe dark berries, plus cocoa and coffee. Dry, silky smooth with low acidity and very light fine tannins. Ripe black fruit, plums, and touches of coffee and floral flavours. Medium length finishing with plums and some tart black fruit plus coffee. –
Frind Estate Winery Big Red 2020 (BC $22.99) – Almost opaque ruby in colour. Medium intensity aromas of plums, blueberries and other juicy berries, and touches of chocolate and sweet spice aromas. Slightly off-dry, medium-plus body, round and soft. Light acidity and a fine tannic backbone. Fruity; blueberries, blackberries, black plums and touches of floral and oak. Medium length finishing with slightly stronger tannins. Plums, blueberries, vanilla and oak flavours.
Bonamici Cellars Cabernet Franc 2020 (BC $34.90) – A deep, clear garnet colour. Medium intensity aromas showing red fruits, raspberries, red berries, salami, and touches of nutmeg and red liquorice. Medium-plus body, dry and lean, but still round. Red fruit and berries, red plums and strong nutmeg flavour. Firmer tannins on the finish.