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Rating
87.00
Year
2012
Region
Okanagan
Varietal
White blend
Producer
Harper's Trail
Food Pairing
Lake fish
Price
$17 (B.C.)

Harper not as in Stephen but as in American-born 19th-century rancher Thaddeus. This is frontier juice, grown on a former cattle ranch on the South Thompson River in Kamloops. Ed and Vicki Collett are planning a winery on the city's outskirts. For now they truck grapes to Okanagan Crush Pad, a custom winemaking facility in Summerland, where talented vintner-for-hire Michael Bartier crafts the cuvées. A blend of riesling and chardonnay, it's mid-weight and round, with refreshing notes of orange, bitter grapefruit and spice. It would suit simply prepared lake fish – this is not cattle fare; harperstrail.com.

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