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July 17, 2014

Yes, the August long weekend is still two weeks away, but planning your food and drink options now will allow you to relax thoroughly with family and friends. Seek out these local heroes for your menu. (Historical note: In 1871, British Columbia became the sixth province of the Dominion of Canada, 12 years after B.C.’s first vineyards were planted at the Pandosy Mission in Kelowna.)

 

SYNCHROMESH THORNY VINES RIESLING 2012

$18.90

B.C. +345942*

*Available at private wine stores

Okanagan Falls is the home of Synchromesh Wines, and this provocative white is for those who crave riesling’s high-wire tension of fruit and acidity. The grapes are sourced from a young vineyard in Naramata, and boasts exotic citrus, crisp apple, and ripe peach flavours. Light yet intense, there’s an electric charge of acid that balances lush fruit to the point of near dryness. Full of the kind of succulence that grilled baby back ribs demand. (You may find the 2013 on the shelves, which offers similar excitement.)

 

Church & State Coyote Bowl Syrah 2010

CHURCH AND STATE COYOTE BOWL SYRAH 2010

$34.9o

B.C. +544056*

 *Available at private wine stores


Spicy, juicy, and elegant, this is stunning cool-climate syrah from just south of Oliver. True, it is a desert environment, with hot days and intense sun, but chilly nights keep this syrah fresh and lively, reminiscent of Northern Rhone styles. Violets, dense
dark berries, and cracked pepper complement meaty, smoky flavours. Tannins are ripe and lithe, giving this wine the kind of structure that invites a butterflied grilled leg of lamb.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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