Patio Season Wines
With all of the good weather recently it’s got us thinking about patio season! With nine fantastic wineries now calling Langley home, there is no end to the wine-choices for sipping on the patio this summer. We asked you for your favourites, added a few of our own, chatted with some of the experts and here you have it, our list of favorite wines for you to sip on the patio before summer is over!
Nosey Neighbour White
This shimmering lemon gold wine is a perfect composite of white grapes, offering a full spectrum of aromas from lemon, lime and tangerine zest to melon, Granny Smith apple, cantaloupe and honeycomb. On the palate, the 2017 blend is medium-plus bodied with wonderful balance, persistent acidity and a flavour profile of candied apple, lychee nut, orange rind, pear and apricot.
2014 Cabernet Franc
This is a very aromatic Cabernet Franc from their Osoyoos vineyards. Tantalizing aromas of sweet fruit, graphite, and jammy plums, with floral and vanilla notes. There is gratifying flavour from start to finish! Succulent and smooth, giving layers of sweet cherries and plums, white pepper, and a touch of sous-bois (earthy forest). The 2014 Cabernet Franc is a very versatile wine that is a true crowd pleaser. This wine is excellent paired with many vegetarian dishes, savoury stuffed mushrooms and herbed crusted meats.
Chaberton Estate Winery
Estate Grown Bacchus
The Bacchus grape is renowned in the cooler climate Fraser Valley. These grapes were proudly handpicked, which were grown on the estate vineyard in Langley, from vines that are in excess of 35 years old. This off-dry white wine’s delicate aromas are accentuated by lemon and green pear notes with a hint of cinnamon and spice on the finish. Pairs well with all types of goat cheese, curries, baked fish and fresh pan seared or grilled prawns
Fort Wine Co.
Crafted from local blueberries, Valley Girl is the only oaked table wine. With an earthy undertone this wine has the allure of a full-bodied merlot with the exceptional flavour of blueberry. This wine pairs well with all types of barbeque such as beef, chicken or salmon.
Township 7 Winery
The Township 7 Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of passion fruit, gooseberry and fresh lime rind. The palate similarly displays passion fruit, stone fruit and a clean crisp citrus finish. Enjoy on its own or paired with grilled halibut and asparagus or your favourite shellfish.
Vista D’oro Farms & Winery
The one that started it all! The flagship of Vista D’oro, this fortified walnut wine is a blend of Marechal Foch, Merlot & Vista D’oro Green Walnuts and BC Brandy. 8 years in French and American oak. This artisanal fortified port-style wine is made from BC’s finest vinifera and hand made in small batches. A truly unique offering.
Krause Berry Farms Estate & Winery
After a long and dusty ride, put your boots up and enjoy this clean, crisp, light dry wine with a lingering taste. The perfect companion for pork and white meat.
Glass House Estate Winery
Glass House takes a minimalist approach to wine making, using only free run juices and showcasing each varietal’s best characteristics. Sweet garden roses, orange blossoms, candied spice and exotic lychee.
Festina Lente Estate Winery
This honey and farm fresh ginger wine is perfect for pairing with Asian cuisine! Refreshing and off-dry, with soft honey smoothness and a ginger nose. This metheglin is perfect with a light meat or fish for an elegant pairing.
Summer is also the season of sangria! Whether you’re sipping it on the patio at the Fort Wine Co., Backyard Vineyards for a Sangria Sunday, or right at home, sangria is the ultimate summer patio drink. Here is a fun and unique Sangria recipe from our friends over at Well Seasoned:
Star Spangled Sangria
2 bottles (750ml) dry, fruity wine
½ c Woodford Reserve Bourbon
½ c Cointreau
3/4c peach nectar
Juice of 1 orange
½ c Bourbon Vanilla Sugar
1.2 c fresh blueberries
1 small carton raspberries
2 star fruit, sliced thin (can substitute with Granny Smith apples)
2 cups carbonated water
Combine all ingredients except fruit. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Chill. Serve over ice, drink, and repeat!
Note: star fruit are not commonly available, so you could use Granny Smith apples cut in star-shapes.