As we get closer to spring and patios are in everyone’s mind, I have chosen 2 wines, one from our own back yard and one from the other side of the world that knows what sun is, Australia.

Australian first. Skillogalee Rose`. A Rose` with enough character to impress. Created in the Clare Valley, it s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes giving it a clean crisp fresh berry fruit taste with some savoury spices and clean acidic finish. The blend will give you a mouthful of rose` with a tendency to have a greater red wine feel. With the addition of the Malbec grape the wine has an unexpected flavour and bite that makes your mouth water.

The Skillogalee Rose` is best served slightly chilled and is a perfect partner to an afternoon of patios.

The wine from our own backyard is the Orofino Gamay. It is created in the Similkameen valley in a 6 acre property on the sun drenched Cawston Bench.

A Gamay is a new world name for Beaujolais and has many of the same qualities. A light and refreshing yet flavourful red wine that has hints of white pepper and raspberries on the nose taking you to a spicy vanilla and rich ripe red berries on your palate.

This will become a summer favourite for all your BBQ needs and will be a perfect evening wine after your Rose` earlier on the patio.

Both choices are a lighter style of wine specifically chosen to match to all patio weather. Even if it rains these wines will bring back the sun if only for a few minutes!!

James and the 1er Cru at Coal Harbour Liquor Store

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