British Columbia’s Best White Wines

We’ve got wine on the mind after this weekend’s Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival wrapped up another successful year of tastings. Though Chilean wines were in the spotlight, we think it’s our very own BC wines that stole the show.  

Here’s a rundown of some of our notable white favourites (in general, and as showcased at VIPWF 2012). If you’re lucky enough to stumble upon a bottle, or spot any of these by the glass, be sure to taste test them for yourself – we think your young professional palate will be perfectly pleased!

Stag’s Hollow 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
From the Okanagan Falls, we think this mouth-watering white wine screams “summer patio sipping.” With flavours of lime, fresh-cut grass, tropical fruit (kiwi and grapefruit), as well as the tartness of gooseberries, it’s a wine that’s guaranteed to liven up any conversation. It also comes at a wallet-friendly price point, too (under $20). 

Road 13 Vineyards 2008 Sparkling Chenin Blanc 
An unexpected (and tasty!) find. Loaded with fresh fruit flavours that recall those lazy days of summer we’re so pining for, you’ll note lots of crisp apple flavours perfectly melded with a touch of toastiness upon first sip. Available by ordering through the winery’s Oliver, BC location.

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2010 Pinot Blanc
Look for an intensely aromatic and fruity wine full of crisp apple, citrus and honeyed tones that won’t disappoint. Long a signature and award-winning wine for this Naramata-based vineyard, you’re lucky if you can score a bottle of this well-priced winner. 

Le Vieux Pin 2010 “Ava”  
Ava is an elegant blend of the three traditional white grape varieties that make up this strikingly-good Rhone-style blend. The winery is located in South Okanagan, and this particular blend brings together Viognier and Roussanne with Marssanne to create a crisp and complex treat. We loved the orchard fruit flavours (peaches, apricots) that work well with herbaceous notes (look hints of tarragon, sage and basil). 

Joie Farm Winery 2010 Rose 
Straight from the Okanagan, this delightful wine is always a go-to patio sipper that works perfectly with or without food. Predominately utilizing Gamay and Pinot Noir varietals as part of the blend, they’ve also added a bit of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris to add to it’s complexity. A brightly hued colour (think ripe watermelon) gives way to flavours of cherry, strawberry and cranberry a perfect pick with a pleasantly tangy kick!

Click here for our list of BC’s best red wines. 

Photo courtesy Joie Farm