December 2, 2023

Opinion: What’s with all of the “wine days”? To be trustworthy, I don’t even maintain monitor of the varied demarcated dates all year long.

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What’s with all of the “wine days”?

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To be trustworthy, I don’t even maintain monitor of the varied demarcated dates all year long.

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Nevertheless, based mostly on the myriad information releases I obtain concerning mentioned proclamations it looks like there’s now a day honouring each wine model and event.

And I have to admit I used to be stunned to see a flourish of wine days grouped across the tail finish of August. What’s extra, all of them concentrate on pink wines. Now pink wine isn’t normally related to summer season, however right here we’re:

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Crimson Rooster 2021 Pinot Noir, B.C. ($26.99, No. 533190)

Aug. 18, for instance, is acknowledged as Nationwide Pinot Noir Day.

Even when the popularity began within the U.S., we additionally like our Pinot Noir in Canada — so should you’re on the lookout for an excuse to have a good time, crack open a bottle of Crimson Rooster’s new classic Pinot Noir.

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Made with grapes sourced from three vineyards within the Similkameen Valley, it’s lighter ruby in color and wafts fantastic aromas of cherry and leaf pile in a comforting, mellow and chic model total.

Truly, Pinot Noir Day in August makes some sense given Pinot’s barbecue pairing prowess, and actually Aug. 18 is seemingly additionally Nationwide Fajita Day, so recreation on.

Backside line: B+, elegant but lithe.

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Laya 2021 Garnacha Tintorera Monastrell, Spain ($18.99, No. 189902)

Aug. 28 has allegedly been canonized as Nationwide Crimson Wine Day.

Discuss preserving issues vast open. Positive, the cynic in me sees this as a superficial ploy to maintain pink wines within the thoughts of lovers all year long.

But on the pragmatic facet why not use the event to focus on one other improbable pink wine prepared to satisfy the grill?

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On this case a strong, excessive altitude bush vine Garnacha and Monastrell (a.ok.a. Grenache and Mourvèdre) mix that’s ripe but earthy, that includes darkish fruit and savoury herbs, that comes throughout sultry and suave with its lingering, blowsy end.

Backside line: B, pair with barbecue ribs.

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Wente 2019 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, California ($22.99, No. 301507)

Lastly, there’s Worldwide Cabernet Day, which, in line with sources (a.ok.a. advertising and marketing individuals), takes place the Thursday earlier than Labo(u)r Day.

Once more, extra of an American conference, however heck our Labour Day lands the identical date within the calendar — so this 12 months Aug. 31 is hereby proclaimed Cabernet Day.

The Cabernet in query, after all, is Cabernet Sauvignon, and is a pleasant pan-North American tribute look to Wente’s Southern Hills Cab Sauv.

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This Californian pink is upfront and approachable, with ripe darkish fruit and toasty oak. Clean and balanced to conclude, it’s a straightforward possibility for end-of-summer yard gatherings.

Backside line: B-, approachable and comforting.

The Swirl: Victoria Worldwide Wine Competition

As September rolls round wine occasions ramp-up, and one of many first majors of the season is Victoria’s Worldwide Wine Competition. This 12 months it takes place Sept. 24-30, and the weeklong pageant centred across the Victoria Convention Centre (720 Douglas St.) options an array of grand tastings, seminars and grasp lessons, and wine dinners.

Ticket costs fluctuate by occasion, for full particulars and to buy head to 

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