Fine Summer Wine Finds

June 29, 2020

Looking for a new and summer-worthy drink? The following wine releases are perfect for a long, hot season of sipping. —Vita Daily


the grand crew. This brand-new co-operative of five passionate Okanagan, B.C., winemakers (all committed to sustainable farming and exceptional small-lot winemaking) has come together to release the Grand Crew box, which includes a sampling of five hand-crafted, limited-edition wines that express the diversity of the Okanagan Valley. In the inaugural box: Black Market Wine Co.’s 2019 Omerta Syrah Rosé; Nagging Doubt Winery’s 2018 Sallows Rd Vineyard Chardonnay; Niche Wine Co.’s 2018 Pinot Noir No Filter; Tender Hope Winery’s 2018 Fire Dance Meritage; and Winemaker’s Cut’s 2019 Grüner Veltliner. Available at Public Liquor in Kelowna, B.C., and online (for B.C. residents).


invivo x sjp. Sex and the City fans rejoice! Sarah Jessica Parker is back, in wine form, having partnered with Invivo Wines to create SJP Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé. Combine New York sass, the world’s best wine regions and New Zealand winemaking know-how and you’ve got a recipe for something very special! Coming soon to Canada.


black hills winer nota bene. Black Hills’ 2018 Nota Bene (its 20th vintage) is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and, new this year, Petit Verdot. This is the first vintage crafted by winemaker Ross Wise. To celebrate the release, Black Hills is putting together an iconic party with the participation of notable Canadian personalities, including a live music performance by recording artist, Steven Page, and virtual appearances by Jason Priestley, Erin Cebula, Prevail and 2018 Winter Olympic gold medal winner Kelsey Serwa. Customers who purchase 12 bottles of the 2018 Nota Bene vintage will receive the special access to the 20th Anniversary Virtual Nota Bene Release Party, to be held online on July 17th, 2020.


babe wine. Labatt is expanding its “Beyond Beer” portfolio with the Canadian launch of Babe Wine from social-media sensation Josh “The Fat Jewish” Ostrovsky. Praised for its sleek packaging and refreshing bubbly taste, Babe Wine—on shelves now in two varieties, Rosé and Grigio—is the perfect addition to any summer occasion.

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