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West Coast Wines

West Coast Wines: A summer crowd-pleaser Add to ...

CedarCreek Gewürztraminer 2011, BC VQA Okanagan Valley, $17.90

This crowd-pleaser will nail any BYOB neighbourhood block party on a simmering summer day.

Aussie Daryll Brooker, in his second season making this Gewurz, wanted a more Alsatian-style wine so did some aging in French oak barrels, something rarely done.

It pays off – it’s rich, impeccably balanced with a crisp, dry finish and has a rose-petal aroma.

Pairings with peppery hot Asian dishes don’t guarantee success – the combination of spiciness of the food and high alcohol content can be harsh.

Instead, try aromatically spiced dishes, smoked or grilled meats, crab cakes with fruit salsas and hard-to-pair frittatas, omelets and quiche.

Available at B.C. Liquor Stores, VQA and private wine shops.

Kasey Wilson is food editor of Wine Access magazine and editor of Best Places Vancouver.

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