Wine Guy: an outdoor threesome

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This week, a trio of bottles ready to drink and eat alfresco, as al fresco dining season draws near with the trend (albeit slow) towards warmer weather

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It’s a hodgepodge of wines to accompany the hodgepodge time. In fact, that’s not quite right. Let’s look at the glass half full. Sure, “June-uary” continues its embrace, but the general trend is for warmer weather – with more nods to bluer skies. In short, the outside feeding season is near (if not here). So this week’s theme, while perhaps eclectic, is a trio of bottles ready to drink and eat outdoors.

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Spier Signature 2021 Chenin Blanc, South Africa ($13.99, #659037)

A few weeks ago, this column sang the praises of Chenin Blanc. Well, it turns out that June 17th is International Chenin Blanc Drinking Day, which is more than enough excuse to discuss one more example, especially given how extreme Spier’s barbecue friendliness is. CB signature. Consistently offering great value, this easy-going white exudes citrus and floral aromas and features bright tropical and orchard fruit notes. The obvious acidity and abundance of fruit make this an easy-to-access bottle, ready to tackle any kind of grilled chicken or seafood (add a fruit salsa for even more fun).

Conclusion: B+, Seriously patio friendly.

Road 13 2021 Honest John’s Rosé, British Columbia ($17.99 on sale until July 2, #357327)

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There’s also been a lot of attention on rosé writing lately, but hey, rosé is first picnic wine, so here’s another one! Road 13’s Honest John’s Rosé is an everlasting crowd pleaser. This is a bright, onion-skinned wine that unfolds generous red berry and melon aromas in a juicy, fruity style. It’s crisp, medium-bodied, and finishes fresh and easy—just the perfect kind of versatile rose wine to pair with any night of the week, whether grilled steak tacos or satay pork skewers are on the menu.

Lower result: B, Seven day rosé.

Giovanni Rosso 2019 Nebbiolo, Italy ($29.99, #779702)

Finally, let’s not forget red wine when it comes to outside to win. There’s something ethereal about sipping red wine while cooking outdoors. However, it must be an appropriate red. No need to bother the taste buds on a hot evening; opt for fresher, more lively red wines instead. Cue the Giovanni Rosso Nebbiolo. Ruby in color, this organically grown red features cherry cola, flower petals and herbs. It’s both muscular and sinewy, full-bodied yet structured with grippy tannins and spice that build on a quiet finish. Bring the steaks, burgers, lamb chops – really, anything daring.

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Conclusion: A-, Vibrant red ready for sunset.


The Swirl: Father’s Day at Township 7

It must be said that all these bottles ready to eat outdoors are also up to par with Father’s Day meals. However, if you’re looking for even more wine-focused fun to celebrate Father’s Day, consider heading to a winery. Township 7, for example, is hosting two unique Father’s Day events at its two wineries. On June 19, a 1 p.m. lobster lunch is scheduled at their Naramata Bench Estate Winery ($97.97 per adult for wine, lobster, decadent sides and live music), while the South Langley winery focuses on its Wine & Swine event from noon to 3 p.m. ($67.97 per adult for wine, a pork feast with sides, and live music). For more details and tickets, go to township7.com

  1. As summer approaches, when is the best time for a sparkling rosé (range optional).

    Wine Guy: relay of rosé

  2. Fancy a fruit-infused beer with your chocolate and blackberry pies?  We thought so.

    Wine Guy: fruit in beer

  3. Provincial wine columnist James Nevison.

    Wine Guy: Long live the Chenin

  4. None

    Wine Guy: What is this lie?


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