Yes, I could list Gray Monk Riesling, Quails’ Gate Rosé, Sperling Market White or any of Haywire’s bargain boxed wines, but I must finish with Tinhorn Creek’s Cab Franc. This beauty has an herbaceous nose, spice and chocolate on the nose and palate. It’s great with BBQ, burgers, ribs and red-sauce pastas ($21.99).
Stoneboat Vineyards – Chorus
You can’t forget Stoneboat Vineyards’ Chorus. It won a Lieutenant Governor’s Award and beat all the big boys. This is a serious field blend that includes almost every varietal Stoneboat grows: Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Schoneburger, Kerner, Pinot Gris and Viognier. It has big fruit flavours, grapefruit and a hint of honey. It’s an amazing $18.
Road 13 – Honest John’s Red, White and Pinot Noir
Here’s a threefer. Honest John’s Red is a blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab and Syrah ($19.99). Honest John’s White is mainly Riesling, with four other friendly whites ($16.99). And a big PS – Road 13 just dropped the price of their Pinot Noir from $24 to $18.
We asked media personality and wine expert Terry David Mulligan for his favourite Okanagan wines under $25