Who: Red Rooster Winery


What: Reserve Gewürztraminer 2006


Where: Penticton, British Columbia

Why: When the temperature heats up, the wines cool down. This white is Red Rooster’s inaugural Reserve Gewürztraminer, with premium grapes selected from a single Summerland vineyard. Fragrant with wafts of lychee, grapefruit and lemon oil, the palate is ample honeysuckle, ripe peach, orange and sweet spice. Medium-bodied, with a smooth finish. Each label in the reserve line features the artwork of a different local artist.

How (much): $19.99 winery and private stores

When: Like two peas in a pod with Thai dishes, light curries and dim sum. Preferably sipped on a patio.

Winespeak of the Week: Gewürztraminer [geh-VEHRTZ-trah-mee-ner] reaches its zenith in the Alsace region of France, showing its suitability for cooler climates. The German word gewürtz means “spiced,” and these wines are known for their spicy and crisp notes.