9 Fine Labour Day Wines

August 30, 2021

The Labour Day weekend. Is that still late summer? Or early fall? However you define it, the sun rises a little later, sets a little earlier and celebrating September means shifting your wine fridge contents slightly, too. Here’s some that are long weekend worthy and just right for the slightly cooler season. —Catherine Dunwoody

Chronos, a new label from the Okanagan’s Time Family of Wines introduces a new label, is impressive. Try the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, just right for late in the season especially paired with a nice cheese plate or late summer greens.

La Crema Sonoma Coast 2019 Chardonnay is definitely a consistent favourite from California with notes of Meyer lemon, plum and melon. Lovely paired with a Cobb salad lunch on your patio.

Okanagan Crush Pad’s Haywire Winery Gamay Rosé 2019 holds its own against grilled wild salmon very nicely.

Liberty School Chardonnay is fresh with hits of citrus and bright stone fruit, a bit of vanilla—a sexy silky sipper indeed. Maybe we didn’t get to California this year, but this will help us keep the dream alive.

Hester Creek 2019 Syrah seems like the right B.C. wine for grilled meats like lamb chops, bison burgers or roast duck.

Cambria Estate Winery 2018 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is Burgundy style from California: light and fruity, especially nice with a bean salad or grilled veggies.

Treana Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon definitely means business with its deep garnet colour, notes of dark fruit, chocolate and rich mouth feel. Pair it with that steak you’ve perfected this summer.

Ca’ Momi Rosso 2017 Napa, California, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Petit Syrah with hints of blueberries and toasty spice, plus its moderate tannins make it easy drinking indeed.

Pietrame Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a new Italian wine in our market, a gorgeous ruby and violet hue and perfect with pasta and semi-mature cheeses.


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