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Julie Planiden
 
June 28, 2013 | Julie Planiden

Okanagan Canada Day

This long weekend, whether you’re heading up to the lake or hanging out in town, you’re going to need wine. The weather forecast points to right about average for July, so bring on the patio lounging and barbecues.

With the char-grilled flavour effect and often spicy or zesty sauces, a good rule of thumb for BBQ wine is not to go too delicate. An often overlooked wine, Okanagan Gamay Noir is the quintessential BBQ wine, not too heavy but still packed with buckets of lush fruit and just the right balance of smoke and spice.  Whether you are grilling some artisan burgers or your family’s secret recipe ribs, Gamay is sure to be a hit on a hot summer day.  Enjoy your Gamay chilled when the thermometer starts rising.


For your whites at the barbecue, Oaked Chardonnay is a solid match for grilled chicken or in season halibut right off the grill  and Sauvignon Blanc is great with rich sable fish or a local artisan cheese board.  You can never have too much Pinot Gris for when friends stop by.  Marry the Gris with some oysters on the half shell or prawns on the BBQ and you will really win some points with family and friends. 

For salads or lighter fair a crisp and refreshing Pinot Blanc hits the spot.
Our country is 146 years old this year and that is something to celebrate.  Have some BC Sparkling on hand for when the fireworks get going or to kick start your party.  After all sparkling goes with everything…even the red and white!

Happy Canada Day everyone!

 

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