B.C. wine of the week, wine for the cellar and calendar items

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Phantom Creek’s new ‘Steak Night’ series celebrates the time-honoured steakhouse dinner tradition.

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At Lang Vineyards, they think “Gewurztraminer and macaroni and cheese go together like peas and carrots … they are star-crossed lovers, best friends until the end. The saltiness of the cheese pairs perfectly with the sweetness of Gewurztraminer, and you will wonder why you hadn’t paired them up until now.”

Here’s the recipe to get the pairing started with the Lang Vineyard 2018 Gewurztraminer, $15 winery direct.

• Wine country is awakening.

Phantom Creek’s new ‘Steak Night’ series celebrates the time-honoured steak-house dinner tradition with a 12-ounce, AAA, dry-aged rib-eye from Pine Haven Colony Alberta and will be held on March 20 and 27. The dinners start at 5:30 p.m. and are priced at $210, all-in per couple with wine pairings.

On Sundays, March 21 and 28, the winery will be hosting a ‘Sunday Roast’ lunch series that includes dishes such as a roasted Farmcrest chicken stuffed with foie gras and black truffle, and a fresh rhubarb tart for dessert. The first seating starts at 1 p.m. and is priced at $190 per couple, including wine pairings.

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B.C. wine of the week

Hester Creek Garland 2017, Okanagan Valley

$55.99 I 91/100

UPC: 626990222118

Garland is named after Hester Creek owner Curt Garland and first appeared in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original planting of vinifera vines in 1968.

The cab dominates the blend at 84 per cent, with the remaining grapes made up of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. The fruit is selected from low-cropped, older vines inside the 115-acre, 52 year old vineyard.

Two-thousand-and-seventeen is the third Garland to be released, and each year it gets better. What began as a celebration of 50 years in the vineyard has morphed into the winery’s best red. The blend spends roughly 18 months in mostly medium-plus toast French barriques.

The attack is dry and linear as Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be, but there is a sense of style, and while the tannins are dense, they are ripe.

Pure black fruit reminds of cassis, dark plums, and black currants. It will age effortlessly through 2027. Best now with grilled meats.

Hats off to winemaker Mark Hopley.


Wine for the cellar

Château Pesquié Ventoux Terrasses Rouge 2019, Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France

$19.99 I 90/100

UPC: 3760149591032

The Pesquié Ventoux red ticks a lot of buy boxes.

It grows at altitude — roughly 300 metres on various estate terroirs along Mount Ventoux’s hillsides. The soils are stony limestone flecked with iron oxide sands and clays; the property is farmed certified organic using some biodynamic techniques; production is a third-generation family affair; and the price is $20.

The blend is 60/40 Grenache/Syrah macerated for 15 days and then aged for several months in stainless steel and cement.

The attack is round, ripe and fleshy with spicy black raspberry, black cherry and mulberry fruit. Underneath, a peppery garrigue crush stone character gives it a bit of generosity on the way to the finish — a good year for sure.

The Pesquié freshness adds even more to an easy-sipping red with all the serious Rhone wine hallmarks you can age a few more years in the bottle if desired.

Food matches include pizzas, kebabs, charcuterie, vegetable pies, terrines and more.

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