As quality-to-price ratio goes, there are few B.C. wineries that can keep pace with Perseus Winery. The Naramata, B.C. winery continues to produce killer whites and reds — and the occasional rosé — that showcase the different vineyards from which they originate in both the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.
From West Kelowna in the north to Osoyoos in the south, Perseus sources from 17 different vineyards throughout the Okanagan Valley and beyond, including their own estate vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Each vineyard reflects the diverse climate and soil found in B.C. wine country, and Perseus takes care to craft each of their wines with terroir in mind — and wine lovers never have to break the bank to try them.
Here are a few choice picks from Perseus to try…
2015 Pinot Gris ($18)
Most of the fruit on this fresh-as-a-daisy Pinot Gris comes from Perseus’s home vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Pinot Gris seems to like the soils in that neck of the woods — the resulting wine brings ripe stone fruit and tropical notes on the light-plus bodied palate, with underlying citrus and floral notes.
2015 Pinot Noir Rosé ($18)
This delicate, dry pink wine is sourced from a single vineyard in West Kelowna, and is made from fruit grown on old vines. It’s light-bodied and crisp, delivering fresh red berry notes — think strawberry and cranberry here — as well as hints of spice and some modest acidity that bring complexity. A perfect patio wine.
The fruit for this powerful Cabernet Franc is sourced from a single vineyard in the Golden Mile Bench, the Okanagan Valley’s newest sub-appellation. The warm 2013 vintage resulted in beautifully ripe fruit throughout the valley, but worked a particular magic with Cabernet Franc. The deep dark berry notes here work in harmony with modest leafy and spice notes, the latter courtesy of some time in barrels. This can be drunk now or put away for a few years.
Right now you can also get free shipping on Perseus wines when you buy six or more bottles of their wine —and you can mix and match. The free shipping is automatically applied at checkout. Get on it! Sale ends Sunday.
Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson is the wine columnist and literary editor for the Winnipeg Free Press. He’s on Twitter and Instagram at @bensigurdson.