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Lock & Worth

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Lock & Worth

Naramata, British Columbia

On the southeast shore of Okanagan Lake, where some of the driest, hottest weather in Canada sweetens merlot and cabernet franc grapes, two next-gen winemakers with a minimalist sensibility are bringing natural(ish) wines west. Sommelier says “Matt Sherlock and Ross Hackworth make wines with the least amount of intervention possible. A couple years ago, they didn’t rack or filter their cabernet franc rosé – it made a chunky blush that wasn’t very commercially viable but tasted great. I like that they’re willing to take a risk like that. Instead of producing what they think the consumer wants, they’re playing all the time.”

1060 Poplar Grove Rd., lockandworth.com

Lisa Haley

THE SOMMELIER Lisa Haley
The brains behind wine programs at two of Vancouver’s buzziest restaurants – L’Abattoir and Coquille Fine Seafood – Haley was named Vancouver Magazine’s Sommelier of the Year in 2017.

Merlot

TROPHY BOTTLE Merlot
“The Lock & Worth merlot tastes nothing like what we’ve come to expect from merlot. It’s light, refreshing and high-acid. Meant to be drunk in its youth, it’s a real vin de soif.”
– L.H. $22

Stay

STAY Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa
Snag a light-soaked room overlooking the lake at this century-old estate that was once owned by an Okanagan fruit baron. Stays include mountain bikes for a ride along British Columbia’s longest rail trail, which cuts through the wild and rocky Kettle Valley.
3625 1st St., Naramata, naramatainn.com

Get on board

GET ON BOARD Sun n’ Sup
Squeeze in a laid-back stand-up paddleboard workout on Okanagan Lake’s emerald bays while admiring Naramata’s northern Sonoran Desert hills – Mad Max-parched cliffs alongside luscious vineyard quilts. (Rentals at Sun n’ Sup.)
151-176 Robinson Ave., Naramata, sunnsup.com

Sea Star

Photos: Reuben Krabbe

Sea Star

Pender Island, B.C.

Gulf Island-hopping used to mean tours of pottery studios and/or roughing it in provincial parks. But as the archipelago’s vineyards come into their own, day trippers from Vancouver and Victoria are hitting wineries, too. On the eastern edge of sleepy North Pender Island, Sea Star Vineyard’s ortega vines tumble toward the Pacific, an adorable pest-control squad of Babydoll sheep mows the estate’s grass and visitors queue for food truck charcuterie. The seven-year-old operation, which supplies seafood-friendly wines to Vancouver hot spots like Chambar, is so popular that its owner, David Goudge, recently bought a 40-acre plot of pinot noir on nearby Saturna Island. Sommelier says “Germanic grapes like ortega, gewürztraminer and pinot gris suit the mineral-rich soil and longer, frost-free growing season, and Sea Star is a very good representation of a coastal B.C. vineyard – the wines are quite balanced, light and fresh.”

6621 Harbour Hill Dr., seastarvineyards.ca

Roger Maniwa

THE SOMMELIER Roger Maniwa
Former sommelier at Hawksworth in Vancouver, Maniwa moved to the comparatively tiny Mak N Ming, where he pushes diners outside their comfort zones with obscure varietals and sakes.

Siegerrebe

TROPHY BOTTLE Siegerrebe
“The Sea Star Siegerrebe is crisp, with a little yellow fruit, a fleshy peach tone and some mineral notes – something to crush in the summer.”
– R. M. $22

Stay

STAY WOODS on Pender
At this grown-up summer glamp snuggled into seven acres of island rainforest, rent an Airstream trailer outfitted with a hammock and barbecue, or upgrade to a plaid- and pelt-strewn log cabin with a cedar hot tub. At night, duck into Woods’ cozy café for one (or more) of seven B.C. wines on tap.
4709 Canal Rd., Pender Island, woodsonpender.com

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