Raising funds for folks in the hospitality space while sipping delicious wine? Count us in! B.C.’s own JAK’s Beer Wine Spirits has partnered with Okanagan Crush Pad on its limited-release 2021 Gratitude Wine collection, with four new varietals, all adorned with whimsical label illustrations from artist Alex Maertz, an illustrator based on the West Coast. Chardonnay 2018, Rose 2019 and Red 2019 will be joined by Bubbles 2019 on JAK’s store shelves and online this June and, throughout the month, $1 from every Gratitude wine bottle sold will be donated to the B.C. Hospitality Foundation to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health condition and a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality works and industry leaders. —Vita Daily
Bubbles 2019 Crafted from Pinot Blanc from a 35-year-old vineyard in Okanagan Falls, primary fermentation took place in stainless steel while secondary fermentation occurred in charmat tanks. The wine rested on its lees in tank for 3 months before bottling. A dry style with lush mouth-filling creamy notes.
Chardonnay 2018 Chardonnay from a vineyard in the south of Oliver aged for two years in neutral oak barriques. Native yeast ferment and full malo-lactic fermentation provides a lush texture balanced by bright acidity. Tropical grapefruit with lemon and granny smith apple characters.
Rosé 2019 Made from grapes harvested in Summerland and Oliver vineyards. Gently destemmed with 12 hours of skin contact before lightly pressing and fermenting naturally in concrete tanks. The wine is bone dry, fruit driven, complex, fresh and ripe with sweet berry notes.
Red 2019 This refreshing red is a blend of Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc, sourced from Summerland and Osoyoos. Fresh and lively with lifted berry fruit, a juicy mid palate texture with excellent weight, and a lengthy finish.