Nk’Mip Cellars Dreamcatcher and Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay

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What with all the hot weather, we will stick with some white wines this time. And in belated honour of National Aboriginal Day, the wines are from Nk’Mip Cellars. First is this year’s model of Dreamcatcher. It is, if anything, slightly more full-bodied than last year’s version, and is loaded to bursting with exotic melon and orchard fruit flavours. At $16, a bargain. The blend is mainly riesling, with significant sauvignon blanc, and then elements of pinot blanc, ehrenfelser, Semillon, and chardonnay. Simply perfect for that lemon and garlic prawn appetizer, or even to sip on late into the night as you debate  the significant merits of Tom Petty’s newest record.

The Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay is another serious bargain, at $24. It seems quintessentially Okanagan, not at all to be confused with either California or France, that’s for sure. It is rich, almost nutty, with a hint of smoke, an unctuous mouth feel, great length. That grilled fish will go along very well, but for fun you might want to try a glass with your barbecued steak. It will in any case help you figure out whether the electronica-tinged remixes of James Blake songs are a good thing, or not.

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June 24, 2015