Serendipity Winery Rosé and Merlot

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Serendipity Winery is nicely placed on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan.  The winery makes a delightful Rosé ($20), a blend of 40 per cent syrah and 20 per cent each of pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet franc. The resulting wine is quite dark, substantial, plenty of body, but nonetheless light on its feet, bursting with aromas of strawberry and raspberry. The palate has a fantastic touch of pomegranate, and the long, dry finish makes it an ideal food wine. Two bottles with your seasonal poultry roast would be just the ticket. Maybe a third bottle, if the Canucks are still on that losing skid.

They also make a terrific pinot noir, which was featured here not so long ago, but also a great merlot ($40), an elegant fulsome red with cassis and blueberry notes. It showcases a sometimes underappreciated grape variety, which, in select parts of the Okanagan, can achieve great heights. In this case, it is a red wine of character and finesse, capable of partnering with virtually anything off the grill. Put some Tame Impala on the stereo and let the evening unfold as it should.

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December 9, 2015