When I met my husband, he was pretty much a beer man. OK, he was only a beer man. Everything else was deemed “girly” & even though we were surrounded by gorgeous local wine, he declined every time.
In 2002, right after we married, a dear friend invited us to the Laurel Packinghouse for a night of local wine paired with small plates of food. Mark was forced to enjoy the best whites & reds the Okanagan had to offer. When he tasted Sandhill’s Merlot, he was hooked. This red is described by Sandhill’s website as:
Deep garnet colour with a bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, plum and sweet baking spice. This medium to full-bodied wine has drying tannins, good structure and a round, rich mouth-feel. Ripe red and black fruits are complemented by notes of smoke and spice on the palate. Black tea, plum and blueberry flavours linger through on the finish. Enjoy with grilled steaks and sautéed mushrooms; burgers topped with mushrooms, roasted red peppers and 2 year old Canadian cheddar; duck breast with a rich red wine reduction; prime rib and Yorkshire pudding.
It has been our go-to special-occasion red for over 10 years. The friend who took us on that memorable night out so many years ago passed away earlier this year. We miss him immensely….but still have the bottle of Sandhill Merlot he gave us as a wedding gift back in 2002. We’ll never open it.