Here in Vancouver, we’ve just gone through one of the rainiest, coldest and even snowiest winters on record. While I realize I’m not going to get much sympathy from those living in the rest of Canada, that certainly doesn’t diminish my eagerness for sunnier days and warmer temperatures. Consequently, I’m feeling a little more seasonal when it comes to what I’m drinking, and am fine to take a little sabbatical from rugged red wines that comforted throughout those abundant dark and rainy days. Is it possible that the Okanagan Valley’s Sperling Vineyards have read the minds of us who are so done with winter, by dangling the carrot of FREE SHIPPING when ordering six or more of their wines this week, so we can enjoy their lifted and bright wines that will suit our spring and summer well? With Mother's Day approaching, this is the perfect opportunity to give Mom her favourite wine and get free shipping!
Why not assemble a sunny six-pack, starting with their 2015 Sper…itz ($22) – a local take on Prosecco, overflowing with peaches, apricots and lemonade notes? You may want to tuck a couple bottles into your case, since it’s ridiculously crushable, and at less than 10% alcohol, won’t slow you down one bit!!
Of course, there may be occasion where a more serious sparkler is in order. Something like Sperling’s 2010 Sparkling Brut ($39.95) will suit any occasion. It’s crafted from 100% old-vines Pinot Blanc, made in the traditional method (just like Champagne) and carries classic fresh-baked-bread notes on the nose, followed by Granny Smith apples, muddled lemon and nutmeg.
And really, you’re not getting away without drinking pink this summer; I’m pretty sure that would be an actual crime. Sperling’s 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé ($19) is quite the charmer. Dry and elegant with soft berry fruit like raspberries and huckleberries, along with Mandarin orange notes – it’s just so darn refreshing and delicious. It’s quite plausible that this could be your wine of the summer, and a perfect paring for pretty much anything you're throwing on the barbecue.
Get free shipping from Sperling Vineyards when you buy 6 or more bottles of their wine! Feel free to mix. Jump on this deal THIS WEEK to ensure your wine is delivered by Mother's Day!
Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. Track him down at KurtisKolt.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @KurtisKolt.