Wine Guy: Transition from summer to fall with these three wine picks

Wine-speaking, this feels like a natural time to move toward pouring more robust reds, pinks and whites.

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Summer has given way to fall and, just like that the seasons, click over.

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Actually, the transition did feel quite sudden this year, though admittedly parts of the province could use even more haste with the seasons changing.

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Wine-speaking, this feels like a natural time to move toward pouring more robust reds, pinks and whites. While keeping things fresh, mind you — it’s not like the sun has completely disappeared or the BBQs must be rolled into storage quite yet.

Chronos 2022 Rosé, British Columbia ($25.99, available through the winery)

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Don’t stop believing! Especially in rosé. We’re too haste in calling an end to rosé season, as if pink wine must be relegated to peak sunshine and prime patio hours. Sure, rosé pairs great with poolside vibes. But it also goes great with early fall meals and the last vestiges of alfresco dining. This is particularly true for a robust rosé, like this Chronos. Crafted from hand-harvested, Okanagan-grown Syrah grapes it pours a bright, light pink in the glass. Aromas of candied red fruit and flowers kick off this bright and fruity pink wine, with the Syrah lending an overall robustness before a smooth finish to conclude.

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Bottom line: A-, Awesome with prawn curry

Dominio de Punctum 2021 Galerna Garnacha, Spain ($12.99 on sale until Sep. 30th, #144989)

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Also consider keeping things bright into fall by opting for vibrant red wines. Grenache (or Garnacha as it’s known in Spain) is a grape that typically fits this bill. Never too dour or heavy, and characteristically fruity, Grenache is ready to shoulder the task of pairing with the shoulder season. As one example, check out Galerna Garnacha, Made with organically-grown grapes, it offers fantastic value at its current sale price. An intense dark garnet colour foreshadows aromas of blowsy fruit and herbs, introducing a poppy and punchy red, with a touch of grittiness building towards a dry finish. 

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Bottom line: B-, Pair with roasts: mushroom, pork, or chicken

Viña Morandé Terroir Wines 2020 Cinsault País, Chile ($17.99 on sale until Sep. 30th, #107373)

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Or in the true spirit of seasonal change, perhaps consider really changing up the wine on the table. Believe this is the first time coming across a Cinsault-País red blend, which represents a truly inspired Chilean mix. The País grape was brought to the country by Spanish colonizers, while Cinsault arrived in Chile much later in the 1940s. In the glass the result is a terroir-driven Maule Valley red that is unique and profoundly expressive, with jammy berry and flower petal aromas, and a vibrant fruity mid-weight palate leading to a juicy, fresh finish with a flourish of cinnamon spice. 

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Bottom line: A-, Bring on the burgers or pizza

The Swirl: Nk’Mip Cellars National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Gala

Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America, is set to host its first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Fundraising Gala. The event, which benefits the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, takes place at the winery on Sept. 30 at 1400 Rancher Creek Rd., Osoyoos. A VIP sparkling wine and oyster reception kicks off at 5:30 p.m., with general admission starting at 6:30. The evening features special guest speakers, live and silent auctions, gourmet wine and food, and entertainment. Tickets are $150 per person for the VIP experience and $100 for general admission. For complete details head to

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