Province wine columnist James Nevison.
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The Wine Guy offers up three beverages to enjoy during prime camping timeHow did we already move past the summer halfway mark? Time flies when … well time simply flies. Anyways, duly take note if you haven’t already carved time out to get away and enjoy the great B.C. outdoors — or even if you already have. The prime summer camping season will be gone before we know it. Time to solidify those tenting plans, oh and don’t forget about the camping wine.Lindeman’s Can 2018 Pinot Grigio, Australia ($4.49 for 250mL on sale until Aug. 31, #172417)What constitutes a camping wine? Practically speaking, it’s really about the packaging. Ideally, camping wine comes in a portable and unbreakable container. Sure you could always decant before going all voyageur; but why prematurely expose wine to degrading oxygen? Enter canned wine. Truthfully, I’m a bit surprised it is taking so long to, ahem, roll out given the can’s efficiency and practicality. Wine in cans is already all over the States. But Lindeman’s now has a line of canned wine available, including this fruity and straightforward Pinot Grigio, which packs one-third of a wine bottle into a light, shatterproof vessel.Bottom line: C+, Pairs with backcountry sunsetsLa Vieille Ferme 2018 Rosé, France ($39.99 for 3.0L, #52053)Cask wine makes another great camping wine option, albeit one more appropriate when the trek doesn’t necessitate counting every ounce for the backpack! Bag-in-the-box has long been a great, nonbreakable wine option that has the added plus of keeping wine fresh over a longer haul. Fortunately, we’re seeing more solid, everyday wine options in casks—including this classic rosé from La Vieille Ferme. It’s the same casually classy, berry fruit and fresh finished pink wine from the southern Rhône, just in a convenient three litre box! Pair with a picnic or a campfire cook-out. Bottom line: B, From canoe to cabin all-rounderMasi 2015 CampoFiorin, Italy ($12.99 for 375mL, #394284)Of course, I have no doubt that there are still camping romantics wandering the great outdoors, those that will likely scoff at the notion of pouring wine from a can, or demur at the thought or swirling four day-old cask wine in a glass. In this case might I suggest the compromise of a half-bottle? It’s still a bottle of wine after all, just in more camping-savvy form— easier to slip into a backpack and lug up a trail. The best part? Masi’s petite-sized CampoFiorin maintains all the black cherry and herbs, polished but structured goodness of the full-size bottle.Bottom line: B+, Just don’t forget to pack a corkscrewThe Swirl: B.C. Wine and Food Truck Face-Off!The time has arrived to crown the best local wine and food truck bite at the B.C. Wine and Food Truck Face-Off. Taking place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 16 at Okanagan Mission Community Hall (4409 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna), the event pits seven Okanagan food trucks against each other as they create a unique custom-bite paired with a local wine. At the end of the night, guests will text-to-vote their favourite pairing! Tickets are $85 (plus taxes and fees), for complete details head to thewinefestivals.com/events/view_event/1901. Contact James: @hadaglass