VA Recommends: New Releases & Vintages from Beautiful British Columbia

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2013

Winery: Burrowing Owl

Region: British Columbia, Canada

  • Varietal: Cabernet Franc
  • Wine Enthusiast Score: 91
  • This wine has an intensity that beautifully represents the sophisticated and lovely side of Cabernet Franc. The ripeness of the 2013 vintage shows on the palate, which is silky, textured, and medium-bodied. Refreshing acidity is accompanied by flavors of cherries, raspberries, cassis, blackberry, and spice.
  • The strength of this wine is best paired with meaty dishes, such as braised beef and lamb shanks. 
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Nk’MIP Cellars Pinot Noir 2013

Winery: Nk’MIP Cellars

Region: British Columbia, Canada

  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Think approachable with this wine. The soft tannins wonderfully intermingle with flavors of berries and spices.
  • The combination of fruits and spice make this an excellent wine for salmon and other fatty fishes, like mackerel, herring, and trout.
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Perseus 2014 Merlot

Winery: Perseus Winery

Region: British Columbia, Canada

  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Gold medal – 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships
  • Silver medal – 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada
  • Robustier than the previous two mentioned, this wine is bold and full-bodied. One should expect flavors of blackberries, cherries, spice, cedar, and wild herbs.
  • Serve with roast beef, stews, and braised meats. Earthy/meaty flavors will go well with the wine.
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Culmina Merlot 2013

Winery: Culmina Family Estate Winery

Region: British Columbia, Canada

  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Flavors of blackberries and oak are laced with the subtle flavors of warm spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon. Elegant and well-structured with a pronounced finish.
  • A great wine to drink with flavorsome meat dishes and earthy vegetables. 
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Gray Monk Ehrenfelser 2015

Winery: Gray Monk Winery

Region: British Columbia, Canada

  • Varietal: Ehrenfelser
  • Intense aromatic flavors are accompanied by notes of citrus and apricot, resulting in a medium sweet yet balanced wine.
  • Creamy dishes work wonders with this white wine. Think creamy cheeses, lobster, and custards.
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