Have your plans for the continent by Dreamliner morphed into the Interior by SUV? No worries, we’ve got you covered with a vinous road map, to lead you to the local bottles that take their cues from the best of the Old World.
You’re Wanting: Bordeaux
You’re Getting: Phantom Creek Cuvée Becker 2016, $60
A spare-no-expense effort by the Valley’s newest winery to master the classic Bordeaux blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc—an insanely solid freshman effort.
You’re Wanting: Burgundy
You’re Getting: Foxtrot the Waltz 2017, $44
Foxtrot was already the most Burgundian—lighter, more savoury—of our pinots before world-renowned pinot expert Doug Barzelay purchased the vineyard last year. Now it’s even closer to the Côte de Nuits.
You’re Wanting: The Loire
You’re Getting: Little Farm Pied de Cuve Cabernet Franc 2018, $31
Loire has been a hotbed of the natural wine movement, and this offering from Little Farm channels all the great things of non-interventionist winemaking (clean, pure, juicy), adding solid technique to keep the focus tight.
You’re Wanting: Piedmont
You’re Getting: Moon Curser Arneis 2019, $23
Nebbiolo is off the table, but the great white grape of the land of Barolo sings with firm peach and mineral notes in the hands of Osoyoos’s Moon Curser. And it’s a sight cheaper than Italy, too.
You’re Wanting: Rome
You’re Getting: Hester Creek Trebbiano 2019, $21
The high acid, ample citrus take on the hugely planted Italian white grape is actually more refined than most of the versions you’d get near Roma and neighbouring Abruzzo. hestercreek.com
You’re Wanting: Seaside Spain
You’re Getting: Terravista Albariño 2019, $25
A zippy and alive take on Galicia via the Naramata Bench, notwithstanding that its quality checks in at a lower tariff than the Spanish original.
You’re Wanting: Rioja
You’re Getting: Stag’s Hollow Tempranillo 2016, $26
Stag’s Hollow has always been on the bleeding edge of introducing new varieties, but they’ve been growing the Spanish benchmark grape for so long now that it’s deep in their sweet spot, with coffee, liquorice and tobacco notes.