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Wines that Give Back #13: Wayne Gretzky Okanagan

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Wayne Gretzky Okanagan celebrates British Columbia vineyards – and does good at the same time!

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The Wayne Gretzky Foundation was founded 12 years ago, and believes that hockey contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of young people. So a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the wines is donated to the Foundation each year, providing less fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey. To date, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation has raised well over $1 million dollars to help children in communities across Canada.

Here are two wines, both drinking beautifully now and ready for our Calgary spring!

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2012 Chardonnay $18.49 13% ABV

A captivating wine, the 2012 Chardonnay presents a scent of fresh white peach mingled with a little pear and white blossom. Harvested from the vineyards of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valley, it is a delicate wine aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh aromas and flavours, then a little French oak integration to add complexity. Good minerality and balance between fruit and acidity give a soft, yet fresh and mouth-watering appeal.

This Chardonnay would be a great match for creamy dishes such as Alfredo or Carbonara, mayonnaise-based dishes such as potato salad and Coronation Chicken, and dishes with dill or tarragon.

Click here to find Wayne Gretzky Estates Chardonnay in a Calgary liquor store near you or in any other town in Alberta.

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan 2012 Merlot $19.49 13% ABV

An easy drinking wine with a surprisingly fruity aromas of cassis and cherries, the 2012 Merlot presents a soft and rounded mouthfeel, with gentle velvety tannins and rich, ripe flavours of black berries, blueberries and black olives, with a long spicy oak finish. Would be perfect with Puttanesca and other full-flavoured tomato pasta dishes, braised beef and lamb or casseroles, bison short rib and chilli con carne.

Ready to be opened and enjoyed right now, but will happily rest in its bottle for 2-3 more years.

Wayne Gretzky Okanagan wines are available for tasting at the Calona Vineyards Winery Boutique located in the heart of downtown Kelowna at 1125 Richter Street.

Toll Free 1-888-246-4472

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