Located on the picturesque Naramata Bench, Black Widow Winery, led by Dick and Shona Lancaster, has carefully crafted a winery focused on small-production whites, reds, rosés and sparkling wines. These are primarily made as single-vineyard offerings from their own property or three nearby Naramata vineyards. Over the last 17 years they’ve been joined by family and close friends in gradually creating a boutique winery, tasting room and patio that strives whenever possible to make wines that emphasize sustainable production and organic practices.
The result is wines that consistently fare well in competitions and with critics, but that remain completely accessible to the average palate. These are must-taste Naramata wines that emphasize quality. Act now and get FREE SHIPPING on Black Widow Winery wines when you buy six bottles or more!
Here are a few of their wines well-suited for late spring and summer sipping…
A sparkling wine made from Gewürztraminer and Muscat Ottonel grapes, this frizzante-style bubbly brings big aromatics: spice, tropical fruit, mandarin orange, citrus peel and more. It’s fermented to be dry but still retains a splash of fruit sweetness that keeps things incredibly fresh. Chill this right down and get thee to a patio!
This award-winning Gewürz, made from fruit sourced from Black Widow’s Naramata Bench and nearby Arta vineyards, shows plenty of classic notes typical of this aromatic white wine grape: fresh-cut flowers, pineapple, lychee, apricot and ripe citrus. On the slightly viscous and barely off-dry palate the fruit is ripe and ample, with underlying spice notes helping make this ideal for medium-spicy Thai and curry dishes.
Made primarily from free-run juice from Syrah and Merlot grapes from the Okanagan Valley’s Naramata Bench, Black Widow’s rosé is bright but deep pink in colour, offering primarily ripe berry aromas — think raspberry, strawberry and cherry. On the medium-bodied, fruity and barely off-dry palate, those bright berry flavours beg for mild cheeses, salads, lighter grilled fare and sunshine.
Fancy a red for summer that avoids excessive tannin or oak aging? The Spiderling’s just the ticket. Made primarily from Merlot with an assist from Syrah — all sourced from Black Widow’s Naramata Bench vineyard — there’s plenty of blackberry, blueberry, plum and black cherry here — both aromatically and on the medium-plus-bodied palate. With just a hint of oak, this juicy red is meant to be enjoyed while it’s young; try it with burgers, ribs, tangy pasta or antipasto.
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Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is the wine columnist and literary editor for the Winnipeg Free Press. He’s on Twitter and Instagram at @bensigurdson.