Get Your Cowboy On with these Country & Western Wine Recommendations
It's the start of The Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth! This marks 10 days of cowboy boots, 10 gallon hats, buckin' broncos, western hospitality and fun for everyone. They say it's the most fun you can have with your boots on and JustWine's Certified Sommelier is gettin' in on the action with recommendations for western wines that are sure to please your palate.
Angels & Cowboys: Bucking Convention with Sonoma Valley Wines
The vision of Angels & Cowboys winery is to offer proprietary blends that indulge "the lover, the trailblazer and the rulebreaker in all of us." It's a collaboration of art and winemaking; grapegrowers and innovators; modern and traditional. Their hope is that you break a few rules, buck convention and raise a glass with friends and loved ones. Angels & Cowboys offers two wines: a Zinfandel-based red blend and a proprietary blend rosé.
Angels & Cowboys 2017 Rosé: It's no wonder this wine grows in popularity year after year - it's pretty darn tasty! Originally it was supposed to be a one-off wine, but the demand was great and the winery delivered what the people asked for. Now that's good ol' fashioned western hospitality.
Angels & Cowboys 2016 Proprietary Red: A juicy red wine made primarily from Zinfandel grapes, the Angels & Cowboys red blend has a fresh violet aroma and generous bramble berry on the palate. Velvet on your tongue with a finish that will last till the cows come home.
Every single ingredient that goes into each wine made at Spirit Hills Honey Winery is locally sourced from Alberta. This makes it genuinely “Alberta’s Wine.” Blackcurrants are sourced from the “Hugo Rows” on an orchard near Stettler, Alberta. The Saskatoon berries come from two farms near Okotoks, The Saskatoon Farm and Kayben Farms. The dandelions are picked right on the homestead in Millarville, Alberta.
YeeHaw Alberta’s Sangria: Red Blended with Fruit. Pour over ice, add a little soda water if you want some sparkle. Need a bit more kick? Use sparkling wine instead of soda water or add a little bourbon, too. It’s the ultimate summer sipper and easy for backyard entertaining.
Dande White Wine: With a pronounced honey aroma that shows up quite subtle on the palate. It’s the perfect balance of bitter and sweet, made with dandelions from the estate. A two-time Alberta Beverage Awards winner. Serve Chilled.
14 Hands Winery captures the unbridled spirit of the wild horses that once roamed Washington State. Each wine tells the great American western story of pioneer spirit and perseverance, honouring the agricultural history of eastern Washington.
14 Hands Vintage Series Red Blend: A Columbia Valley treasure! An expressive Cabernet Franc-based blend with layers and layers of complexity. The perfect wine for watching the sunset on the Prairies.
14 Hands The Reserve Chardonnay. This medium-bodied Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills is exactly what this cowgirl needs to wet her whistle after a long day on the ranch. (Note: I work in an office in downtown Calgary, not on a ranch... but this country girl can dream.) It's got everything I love about wine (and cowboys) - it's big and rich with lots of vibrancy and a touch of coconut.
As legend has it, the Monte Creek area in Thompson Valley, British Columbia was the site of the last train robbery by "Gentleman Bandit" Billy Miner in 1906. For the past hundred years the area has remained ruggedly beautiful and nearly untouched by the modern world. In 2009 a new family moved into the area to carry on the tradition of farmers and ranchers before them. Now they've created their own legend of farming healthy vineyards and making excellent wine.
Monte Creek 2017 Rosé: Real cowboys (and cowgirls) drink pink. A rosé made from a relatively unknown grape called Marquette with plenty of crushability and complexity. It's a wine for every food and every mood.
Monte Creek Ranch Hand Red Reserve: We all need a hand every once in a while and the Ranch Hand Red Reserve is exactly what you need to help you relax after a long day. For big, bold, rich red wine drinkers, this is your quintessential barbecue steak wine. Pair with anything you'd throw on the grill.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery 2016 Marechal Foch: There's nothing quite like Merechal Foch and no one does it better than they do in beautiful British Columbia. Best paired with game like venison or pheasant. When you're sittin' on the porch chewin' on a little deer jerky, this is exactly the wine you wanna drink with it.
Hailing from Wisconsin, two brothers-in-law with a background in agriculture, packed up their families for Walla Walla, Washington with the belief that hard work can turn the American dream into reality. Modest yields and minimilistic winemaking practices is key to the quality of wine they offer with the Dusted Valley and Boomtown labels. As a nod to their home, they also use American oak in their barrel program that is sourced near the 45th parallel of Wisconsin. Never forget your roots.
Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah: If you've ever wondered what the colour purple tastes like, this is it. After all, it ain't called "Stained Tooth" for nothin'. The fruit is sourced from some of Washington states top vineyards and you'll taste that in the juice. This is a wine that will draw you in again and again with the aroma and keep you there forever after just one sip. Giddy up!
Boomtown Pinot Gris: A classic Washington state wine with fresh, vibrant fruit and crisp minerality. It's just a great wine to quench your thirst on a hot day in the country sun.
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