Wild Goose Mystic River Pinot Gris 2011, BC VQA Okanagan Valley $19.95
When the weather is hot, you want a wine that pairs with short pants, Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops as you grill oysters, prawns and salmon on the barbecue. Something that's lighter (especially before dark), refreshing and not too high in alcohol, but still has substance. Enter Wild Goose's Pinot Gris produced entirely from its Mystic River Vineyard just north of Oliver. It's vibrant and full-flavoured with intense hints of melon and stone fruits. It's also tinged with pink and has elements of a summer romance: A percentage of the grapes had a quick fling with oak to add complexity and vanilla notes. This crowd-pleaser is delicious as an aperitif or with that grilled seafood, white meats, picnic foods or take-out Asian. Serve well chilled. Available at VQA stores and private wine shops.