5 Refreshing BC Wines for Hitting the Deck—and Yes, There’s Rosé

It’s time to switch up what’s in your glass. The recent warm weather is a reminder to retire those big reds and reach for some crisper, refreshing BC wines.

2015 JoieFarm, Plein de Vie Brut (approximately $24). This is a fun, easy-drinking pink bubble from the ever-popular JoieFarm. It’s made using the charmat method (similar to Prosecco) and the aromatics of pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier shine through. Wild strawberries, raspberries, grapefruit and starburst candies dance around in the glass. Website

2015 Lock and Worth, Cabernet Franc Rosé (approximately $20). If you love Provençal roses this one is for you. With only the slightest blush of colour, this is a bone dry, crisp and surprising complex rosé. Strawberries, hints of blackcurrant and savoury herbs are supported with refreshing acidity. Cabernet franc may not be a typical grape of Provence, but this wine would be at home in the sun anywhere. Website

2015 Sea Star Vineyards, Blanc de Noir (approximately $25). Yes, I’m having a pink thing, but still – this is another local rosé worth hunting down. This is only the third vintage for Sea Star on Pender Island and they are going from strength to strength. This wine is 100% pinot noir and the palate has ripe strawberries, citrus and pomegranate notes supported by crisp acidity. Deck-deliciousness. Website

2014 Terravista Vineyards, Fandango (approximately $25). Based on two Spanish grape varieties, albariňo and verdejo, you won’t find this blend anywhere else in Canada. Albariňo brings peaches and white flowers, and verdejo adds citrus and a herbal twist. Together, they deliver an aromatic wine that’s fresh and clean. Perfect for warm days on the patio. Website

2014 Black Hills Estate Winery, Alibi (approximately $27). One of my warm weather go to wines, this is a blend of 75% sauvignon blanc and 25% semillon. The semillon tames the natural exuberance of the sauvignon to deliver a well-balanced and nuanced wine with lemon, lime, grapefruit, nectarines and hints of tropical fruits. I love the little bit of weight that the semillon adds. Website

Pictured above: The tasting room at Black Hills Estate Winery

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