Patio-Perfect Wines

Whether you are a seasoned oenophile or simply a home cook who enjoys great wine and food pairings, summer is the time to head for the patio and relax with good wine, fine food, and best friends.

There are countless varieties of wines from hundreds of vineyards and wineries around the world. For many the selection can be overwhelming. As well, no two palates are the same. Let us help you find a few gems that won’t disappoint:

Kim Crawford 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This particular Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of grapes from two vineyards in New Zealand that are located in a coastal region that has long cool days, crisp nights and sea air. When you open a chilled bottle you will get hints of cut grass, citrus and the sea. The flavours include tropical fruit notes with lime and some salinity.

The Kim Crawford pairs nicely with grilled dishes. It is especially compatible with grilled fish, such as swordfish. It also pairs with grilled citrus-infused chicken. You might consider serving it with grilled fruits, such as pineapple or peaches.

Tightrope 2017 Pinot Gris

This particular Pinot Gris is made from grapes that are grown in the Naramata Bench region of British Colombia where the mountains meet the desert. The wine is quite fruity with the aroma of apples, pears, melons and apricots. The flavour is a tiny bit spicy with hints of lemon and peach. It is soft on the palate and naturally a little sweet.

This is a perfect wine to serve with a grilled or pan-seared Pacific salmon. The fleshy and fatty salmon holds up well to this fruity wine.

Stags Hollow 2016 Albarino

Albarino is a varietal that is native to Spain and Portugal. It is increasingly being produced in other parts of the world, including Canada. Stags Hollow, in Okanagan Falls, B.C. is one winery that produces an Albarino.

This Albarino has the nose of sweet stone fruits and desert sage. When you sip it, it is dry and complex with mineral tones. Albarinos are a perfect match for shellfish, such as clams, mussels, and lobster. Consider serving it with seafood paella that has been prepared over a charcoal grill or a bouillabaisse with crunchy bread.

Joie Farm 2017 Rosé

Joie Farm is another of British Columbia’s fine wineries, producing whites, reds and rosé. Their rosé is inspired by the Pinot Noir and Gamay based rosés of the Loire Valley in France. These grape varietals offer the aromas and flavours of strawberries and black cherries in a medium bodied, semi-dry, crisp wine.

This is a perfect selection for a patio lunch on a warm summer afternoon. Any fresh salad, especially a Nicoise Salad with lightly seared fresh tuna and black olives, is ideal for serving with the Joie Farm Rosé.