The Okanagan’s best bets for frugal wine enthusiasts.
50th Parallel Estate Winery 2020 Riesling $25
The winery hand-harvested the grapes for this elegant wine and carefully fermented them to produce a bright and racy Riesling. Mouthwatering acidity with aromas and flavours of crisp apple, lemon zest, lime, apricot and orange blossom. Would pair well with seafood or spicy Asian fare.
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc $28
A top notch SB that exhibits a lot of complex fruit forward flavours of peach, passionfruit, melon, honeysuckle, candied lemon, herbal and toasty notes. Intensely crisp and dry with food-friendly acidity. The winery recommends pairing this superb wine with Arctic char in a garlic brown butter sauce or sourdough toast dressed with goat’s cheese, peach and basil.
Carter Wine Company 2019 The Nest Series Rosé Blend $19
Made in Okanagan Falls, this Rosé received the unique treatment of being aged in both stainless steel and oak barrels in an effort to balance the acidity. The result is a dry wine that is softer on the palate than most Okanagan Rosés. Characteristics include pink grapefruit, raspberries, wild strawberries with a touch of cream.
Castoro de Oro Estate Winery Heart of Gold $19
A unique combination of Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier, you’ll find this wine in both bottle and portable-friendly cans. Fruit forward with peach, candied apple, vanilla, orange blossom, honey and a bit of herbal character on the finish.
CedarCreek Estate Winery 2021 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé $24
The winery dedicates a section of its Pinot Noir specifically for the production of Rosé, picking the grapes earlier than would be the case for a red wine. Just two hours of skin contact results in this very pretty hue. The wine is light and fresh with pink grapefruit, wild strawberries, apricot blossoms and a hint of honey and cream on the nose and palate.
Dirty Laundry Vineyard 2019 Hush Red $25
A blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in Osoyoos, this pocketbook-friendly red belies its price tag with jammy cherry, strawberry and raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, licorice and earthy notes. Prep a charcuterie board or fire up the barbecue for some burgers and invite your friends.
Ex Nihilo Vineyards 2020 Privata Chardonnay $36
The winery embraces the buttery side of Chardonnay with this elegant, mouthcoating release that serves up toasty oak, butterscotch, vanilla, passionfruit, peaches and cream and lemon oil. Supple, velvety mouthfeel with just a smack of acidity for balance.
Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2020 Faux Paw $23.50
The winery dedicated this affordable Frizzante to their dog Quies, who crossed the rainbow bridge in 2019. Partial proceeds from the sale of every
bottle go to the Penticton SPCA. Refreshing pale pink bottle with melon, peach and yeasty flavours. Made predominantly with Pinot Gris. Wood fired pizza would be a great match.
Lake Breeze Vineyards 2020 Pinot Blanc $8.50
Another underrated variety, Pinot Blanc offers up fruit forward elegance and this version even comes in a can! Bright pear, apricot and green apple flavours with fresh acidity and a touch of mineral. Throw some cans in a cooler and head out on a picnic with a selection of meats, fruits and cheeses.
Liquidity Wines 2021 Rosé $30
Made in a fresh, dry style with grapes grown specifically for this Rosé, the wine is the palest blush of pink. Aromas and flavours of pink grapefruit, wild strawberries, watermelon, lime and some floral notes and plenty of mouthwatering acidity. Winemaker Amy Paynter recommends pairing with Ratatouille, beet and goat cheese and spicy sushi.
Mission Hill Family Estate Winery 2020 Reserve Meritage $30
Great value for this Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The fruit was sourced from two of the winery’s estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench and Osoyoos. Super ripe fruit results in a full bodied wine with cassis, black cherry, cocoa, vanilla bean and some nutty, toasty notes.
Nighthawk Vineyards 2020 Winemaker’s Reserve Gewürztraminer $22
This Gewürztraminer gets the unusual treatment of being barrel aged in French oak and fermented dry with some malolactic fermentation. The result is a soft, slightly rounded mouthfeel with baking spice, baked pear, floral, honey and tropical notes.
Phantom Creek Estates 2019 Viognier $40
Viognier is a grape that is coming into its own in the Okanagan, with many producers embracing it for its versatility as an alternative to Chardonnay. The elegance of Viognier shines in this wine with all its floral, honey, apricot, tangerine and tropical fruit goodness. The palate is luscious, spicy and zesty.
Poplar Grove 2018 CSM $30
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, this ruby-hued wine features black cherry, blueberry, cranberry, pepper, cocoa and savoury spice character. Full bodied with balanced acidity and grippy tannins, it can stand up to a juicy cut of meat.
Road 13 Vineyards 2020 Seventy-Four K $26
A dollar from the sale of each bottle of this wine is donated to next generation farmer training that promotes soil health and better education. It’s also worth buying it for its ripe black cherry, blackberry, spicy, toasty, minty and chocolatey goodness. The blend is Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Mourvedre.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2021 Organically Grown Pinot Gris $24
Popular Pinot Gris actually gets some help with the addition of 15 per cent Pinot Blanc resulting in a bright, lively wine. Vivacious aromas of pear, gala apple, ginger, honey, candied lemon and lime zest. There’s a earthy touch of wet stone and mineral on the nose. Super fresh.
The View Winery 2021 Riesling $22
Riesling has the unfortunate reputation among consumers for being too sweet. But when handled correctly, Riesling is a delightful sipper and food friendly wine. Fermented to just slightly off-dry, this version is zesty and flavourful, showing ripe green apple, ginger, passionfruit, lime zest and loads of minerality.