Matt’s Wine Picks

Matt’s Wine Picks are featured
in each edition of The Grapevine.


These wines are selected as personal favourites that Matt feels you should get your hands on,
or drink (if ready)while you can! Take a tour with us to get even better access. Please note that
wine availability is subject to change in retail stores and at wineries at all times of year.

Blue Mountain 2013 Brut Rose
BC Retail: $32.90


This wine is a perennial favourite of mine.  You have to buy it fast, since it typically sells out quite quickly, and for good reason.  It punches way above its weight for the price, and at $32.90 a bottle, it’s less than half the price of most Champagnes.


It’s a 65/35 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is aged for three years on the lees and another year in bottle prior to release.


For me, this is the most vinous, pinot noir-like vintage of this wine that I can remember tasting.  It has rich, creamy texture, fine bubbles and amazing flavours and aromas of fresh strawberries, cherries, and ripe raspberries and biscuits, super long finish and great acidity. This wine is perfect for Christmas morning served with smoked salmon and cream cheese (typical Christmas brekky at our place) or would be a great bubble to ring in 2018.

Joie A Noble Blend 2016
BC Retail: $22.99


This little legend of a wine is as versatile as it is delicious.  Its name is derived from the traditional Edelzwicker blends from the Alsace region of France, which is nestled along the German border.  What’s in the bottle is an astoundingly aromatic blend of 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling, 11% Pinot Auxerrois, 8% Pinot Blanc and 5% Muscat.  Look for tropical flavours of lychee and tangerine that basically leap out of the glass.  There is a touch of sweetness to this wine that is balanced with refreshing acidity.


This is an ideal wine for almost any time of day.  It’s a great wine to bring to a friend’s house when you don’t know what they’re serving.  It would work fantastically well with honey roasted ham, appetizer parties or for drowning out judgemental relatives.

Quails’ Gate
“The Boswell” Syrah 2014
BC Retail: 54.99

I’ve always really enjoyed this wine since I tried the first release from 2012.  Syrah is one of my favourite varietals we produce here in the Okanagan.  The cool thing about this wine is how far north in the Valley this is grown.  Although there are pockets of Syrah in Naramata and Ok Falls, the vast majority of the Syrah in the Valley is grown in the South Okanagan.


This is a ripe, rich, silky expression of syrah.  It has power and finesse at the same time.  For me I get bold, dark blackberry notes with a hint of white pepper and bacon fat.  This is a great wine to give to that special wine lover on your gift list.  It can easily be cellared for a few years but is drinking really well right now.  I’d pair it with Christmas time roast beasts like lamb or beef.



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