Who: NK'Mip Cellars
What: Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine 2005
Where: Osoyoos, British Columbia
Why: NK’Mip (pronounced ‘Ink-a-meep’) Cellars is North America’s first aboriginal-owned and operated winery, and has set the precedent worldwide for successful, Native-run businesses. While icewine is pricey (see below for contributing factor production difficulties), a little goes a long way. This is fat, ripe, uber-sweet apricot and honey, with enough vibrant acidity to balance out the syrupy richness. Nice pear, citrus oil notes throughout, with a long finish.
How (much): $59.99 for 375ml, winery and specialty stores
When: It’s very fitting to celebrate Canada Day with our nation’s most well-known wine export — icewine. This golden elixir is perfect on its own, post dessert and pre-coffee.
Winespeak of the Week: We’re spoiled in B.C. with a climate suitable for annual icewine production. For the majority of the globe, icewine is a rare delicacy. The conditions required to produce icewine are harsh, regulated and strict. And remember — each frozen grape yields only one precious drop of juice.