Here in Vancouver, we’ve had a record-breaking winter full of torrential rains and more snow than our West Coast capacity can handle. Finally, it’s spring - and as the sun beams a bit brighter and the cherry blossoms bloom, we look to refreshing, lively wines to echo the season.
I was clicking away here on My Wine Canada, and thinking how a selection from British Columbia’s Lang Vineyards, this week’s feature winery offering free shipping when you order six or more bottles, would suit the season so fine.
Situated on the Okanagan Valley’s Naramata Bench, the winery’s vineyards enjoy plenty of late-afternoon heat, and crisp, cool nights moderated by Lake Okanagan, preserving natural acidity in their grapes and well-balanced wines.
If this were my 6-Bottle Tasting Pack, here’s what it would carry:
A little bubble to get things started! Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and a basket of fresh, red berries! Maybe best to have a few of these on hand…
An aromatic white blend to toast the season! Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Schonburger and Muscat lift both the palate and the senses with cheery citrus and tropical fruit, and a dash of fresh, floral character. The perfect aperitif!
You’ve ordered your Thai take-out food, and you need something with just enough sweetness on the finish to tackle the heat, but you don’t want a wine that’ll be too cloying. This peachy, vibrant wine will hit the spot.
I love me a Viognier; those orange blossom aromatics, the nectarines and apricots on the palate, and a viscosity that brings some lush beeswax-y, honeyed notes? Oh, yeah. That’s what we’ve got right here.
A hybrid variety wine grape offering a nod to the heritage of the region; expect smoky, chocolate elements mingling with cherries, blackberries and a host of baking spices like nutmeg, clove and cardamom.
Spring is in full bloom and that means barbeque season. Pair this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot with prime rib or barbeque chicken.
Get free shipping right now from Lang Vineyards when you buy 6 or more bottles of their wine! Feel free to mix or buy the Tasting Pack! Free shipping will automatically be applied at checkout.
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.