Anthony Gismondi: BC Wine for the Week of August 18, a Cellar Bottle, and Calendar Items

Opinion: The latest buzz from BC wine country.


Blasted Church celebrates its 20th anniversary on August 20 from 6-10 pm at the Okanagan Falls Winery.

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Tickets for The Seven Deadly Sins party are $150 and are available online. There will be live music from Jon Bos, The DJ Lady of the Mist will spin tunes, and Entertainment by Cosmic-Co-Motion will also attend.

Wine and small bites will feature Shucked Oyster Co, Purdy’s Chocolate and creations from Cellar Chef John Burke. Finally, there will be prizes for the best costumes of the night.

H2 Kitchen + Bar at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is launching a new series of dinners for August and September from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm every Sunday.

You can complement your Sunday Supper Series meal with a carefully selected bottle of wine for just $45 each. You can also savor H2’s new premium southern cocktails, inspired by the same generational traditions and intensely flavorful recipes like barbecued meats.

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In keeping with the relaxed yet festive spirit of the night, the Sunday Supper Series also features live music from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Weather permitting, performances take place outdoors in the hotel’s spacious courtyard.

August dinners include a roast porchetta; in September, it’s Beef Wellington. For more information and reservations, go online to H2 Kitchen + Bar.

BC wine of the week

Hillside Heritage Series Syrah 2019, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

$32 90/100

CUPS: 626990053538

Grown and raised in Naramata, this 20-year-old Syrah hails from Hidden Valley Vineyard, located just south of the winery on the Naramata Highway. The style is decidedly laid-back and dry with firm acidity and a boney slant from the Rhône. It opens with a raft of black raspberry and clove spice with more savory touches along the way. Elegant and refined, it is a Syrah for contemplation and gastronomy, and best of all, it has an alcohol content of 11.8%. I love this juicy and fresh style, so lively that it speaks of an exceptional terroir. Good value too.

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Wine for the Cellar

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir CrossBarn, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA

$37.24 I 90/100

CUPS: 897941000271

Paul Hobbs’ 2018 is a blend of 70 percent fruit from the estate and area vineyards with what appears to be a fraction of new oak, something Hobbs has been seeking for some time. The freshness is evident, as is the bright, juicy strawberry, rhubarb, and blackberry fruit that is a true reflection of the true Sonoma Coast. He adds a small bunch of stems to the ferment, after which everything is aged at multiple sites on the Sonoma Coast and saw a hint of stems and nine months on lees in French oak. A delicate undertone of citric acidity and hints of minerality complete a pleasant Pinot Noir. Salmon, anyone?

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