PERFECTLY POTABLE: Inniskillin’s Okanagan cab sauv a versatile red

Robert Moyes offers up this month’s interesting pick of wines to try out

Robert Moyes

Monday Magazine columnist

Inniskillin is a long-time Ontario winery that opened a satellite operation in Oliver in 1994.

Their 2016 Okanagan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is smooth and medium-bodied, with classic notes of bell pepper, plum, and cassis. There are generous hints of oak and a decent finish – marking this as an easy-drinking red that would stand up to a steak, but it is also well matched with pasta dishes and most barbecue meats. It’s fairly priced at just under $18.

If spring ever decides to get here you’ll want to head onto the patio with a big glass of Argentina’s Santa Julia Pinot Grigio ($15.60) in hand. Ripe “fruit salad” aromas lead to flavours of pear, pineapple, banana and melon that are barely off-dry and never cloyingly sweet. This is a lighter style wine with good balance, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Perfect before dinner, or with salads.

If you have a hankering for dinner with a multiple award winner, check out the 30 Mile Shiraz hailing from South Eastern Australia. Very attractively priced at $16, this is a smooth, full-flavoured, slightly jammy wine that is eager to show your palate a good time. Black cherry, plum and blackberry flavours dominate, with hints of mocha and spice. Hey, is that a lamb shoulder chop I smell on the barbie?

And I hope you’ve saved up for a splurge, because here’s a gloriously seductive, full-throttle wine that knocked me sideways at a recent tasting. J Lohr’s Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon ($51.75) hails from California’s Pasa Robles area and could give a lot of higher-end Napa Cabs a run for the money. Dense but soft, with an enticing bouquet and ravishing layers of black plum, cassis, dark chocolate and black cherry that shamelessly caress the palate, this full-bodied and intense wine is tailor-made for hedonists.

Trust me.

All prices include tax.

Just Posted

Last call for Egypt fans at Royal BC Museum

More Christmas events to come this month, but Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs winds up Dec. 31

‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ make for Peninsula Christmas pantomime

Peninsula Players production runs Dec. 21-28 at the Mary Winspear Centre

Claremont brings timeless message to stage with It’s a Wonderful Life

Student production offers the cautionary tale of George Bailey

REVIEW: Ethiopian cuisine offers an escape from the everyday

Allan Reid appreciates the food, ambience at Blue Nile buffet-style restaurant in Esquimalt

REVIEW: Journey enjoyable, destination elusive with Griffin and Sabine

Monday reviewer Sheila Martindale offers up her take on latest Belfry Theatre production

Kendrick Lamar leads Grammy noms, where women make a comeback

A list of nominees in the top categories at the 2019 Grammys, including Kendrick Lamar, who is the leader with eight nominations, were announced Friday.

Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nominations

“Vice” topped all contenders Thursday, in nominations announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best picture, comedy and best actor nominations for Christian Bale.

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.

Margaret Atwood to write sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Publisher McClelland and Stewart says it will publish ‘The Testaments’ on Sept. 10, 2019

Most Read