With so many varieties of wine on the market, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Here is our URBAN LIQUOR STORE TOP 10 Wine Varietals to try!


Flavours and Aromas: Raspberries, plums, black cherries, liquorice, orange, coffee, chocolate, fruit cake.

Palate: Medium to full bodied; can be tannic. Dry Pairings: Beef, lamb, venison, duck; lighter and softer Merlots also compliment lighter white and red meats and game birds.

Affinities: Rosemary, bay, sage, thyme, juniper, peppercorns, black olive, currants, plums, prunes, dried berries, onion, garlic.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Mission Hill Family Estate
  • Hester Creek Estate
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery
  • Mt. Boucherie Winery
  • Shafer Vineyards
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • Sage Hills Vineyards
  • Wolf Blass Yellow Label
Pinot Gris
Flavours and aromas: Peach, pear, dried apricot, vanilla, almond, spice, clover honey.

Palate: Medium to full-bodied, firm, mouth-filling. Dry to off dry Pairings: Fresh and smoked salmon or trout, halibut, crab, prawns, scallops, clams, mussels, oysters, squid, chicken, turkey, pork, veal, quail, pheasant.

Affinities: Ginger, garlic, chili, cilantro, tarragon, thyme, saffron, mustard, tomato, onion, fennel, basil, grilled foods and cream sauces.

Our Suggestions:

  • Spierhead Winery
  • See Ya Later Ranch
  • 50th Parallel Estate
  • Villa Teresa Veneto
  • Pffaffenheim Alsace
  • Okanagan Crush Pad
  • Kim Crawford Wines
  • Nichol Vineyards
Pinot Noir

Flavours and Aromas: Cherry, strawberry, plum, violet, beetroot, mint, smoke, cinnamon, Asian Five Spice; mature examples also tea, leather, brown sugar, mushroom and barnyard.

Palate: Subtle to moderate. Light to medium-bodied, silky, generally soft tannins. Dry

Pairings: Pinot Noir’s greatest strength is its suppleness. Without the hard tannic structure found in many red wines, it pairs effortlessly with wide range of foods – from fish through game birds to grilled beef and lamb. Don’t overwhelm its gentler fruits and refined complexity with strong or spicy flavours; simply prepared dishes are best.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Tantalus Winery
  • Arrowleaf Cellars
  • Quail’s Gate Estate
  • Gehringer Estate Winery
  • Meyer Family Vineyards
  • Belle Glos Wines
  • Cameron Hughes
  • David Bynum Wines

Flavors and Aromas: Apple, baked apple, pear, lemon-lime, pineapple, tropical fruit. If barrel fermented and/or oak aged, also butter, butterscotch, toast, fig, vanilla, hazelnut, nutmeg, clove.

Palate: Restrained to assertive. Firm and crisp if stainless-steel fermented; round, full-bodied if oak treated. Dry.

Pairings: Lobster, Dungeness crab, prawns, scallops, salmon, halibut, sablefish, chicken, turkey, pheasant, pork, veal.

Affinities: Marjoram, tarragon, thyme, sage, rosemary, saffron, garlic, mustard, mushrooms, fig, lemon, pear, apple, nutmeg, ginger, orange, mango, walnuts, cream.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellar
  • Bartier Brothers
  • Sandhill Estate Vineyards
  • Meyer Family Vineyards
  • La Crema
  • Sonoma
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • Pascal Bouchard
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label
Cabernet Sauvignon

Flavors and Aromas: Black currant, cedar, blackberry, plum, black cherry, eucalyptus, green pepper, green olive, sometimes coffee, mocha, chocolate; dusty, earthy, mineral.

Palate: Moderate to assertive. Medium to full-bodied, tannic. Dry.

Pairings: A classic accompaniment is lamb. Cabernet Sauvignon stands up beautifully to virtually all red meats whether served simply with “jus” or rich, reduced sauces. Filet mignon, roast beef, game birds, duck, venison; younger, tannic cabernets with rare meats.

Affinities: Herbs (rosemary, bay, thyme, sage), rich sauces, currants, plums, onion.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Burrowing Owl Winery
  • Fairview Cellars
  • Inniskillin Okanagan
  • Orofino Vineyards
  • Lohr Estates Lake
  • Sonoma Winery
  • Regusci Winery
  • Finca Los Primos

Flavors and Aromas: Rose, lychee, peach, grapefruit, fruit salad; mineral earth, pepper, citrus.

Palate: Highly aromatic, assertive. Medium-light to full-bodied, lively. Dry to semi-sweet.

Pairings: Spicy fish, shellfish, chicken, turkey, pork, ham, sausages, cured and smoked meats.

Affinities: Ginger, honey-garlic, pepper, Szechwan, caraway, fennel, sage, cilantro, coconut, tropical fruits, salsa, curries.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Wild Goose Vineyards
  • 50th Parallel Estate
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyards
  • Sumac Ridge Estate
  • Pfaffenheim Alsace
  • Sage Hills Vineyard
  • Quail’s Gate Estate
  • See Ya Later ranch
Cabernet Franc

Flavors and Aromas: Currant, raspberry, blackberry, plum, cedar, herb, mint; bell pepper, dill.

Palate: Moderate to assertive, medium bodied, dry.

Pairings:M Mild sausage, duck, beef steaks, roasts, hamburgers, lamb, cold meats.

Affinities: Thyme, savory, rosemary, basil, parsley, bay, olive, green pepper, olive oil; Mediterranean vegetables, eggplant, green pepper, zucchini, garlic, onion, tomato.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Hester Creek Estate
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
  • Nichol Vineyards
  • Liber Farm and Winery
  • Fairview Cellars

Flavors and Aromas: Spice, pepper, blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, earth, leather.

Palate: Moderate to assertive. Full bodied. Dry.

Pairings: Grilled meats, beef stew, hamburgers, lamb, venison, bison.

Affinities: Peppercorns, bay leaves, sage, thyme, juniper, black olive, currants, plums, prunes, dried berries, onion, garlic.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Orofino Vineyards
  • Bartier Brothers
  • Bordertown Estate Winery
  • La Frenz Winery
  • Nina Lee Spring Valley
  • Michael David Wines
  • Ferraton Pere et. Fils
  • Heartland Directors Cut

Flavors and Aromas: Apricot, peach, pear, apple, herbal, floral, citrus, mineral, petrol.

Palate: Restrained to assertive. Light to medium-bodied, crisp. Dry to sweet.

Pairings: Crab, fresh and smoked salmon, scallop, halibut, chicken, turkey, pork, ham, sausage, cured meats.

Affinities: Sage, onion, caraway, orange, peach, ginger, salsa, teriyaki, chives, lemon, lime, grapefruit, dill.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Tantalus Estate
  • CedarCreek Estate
  • Quail’s Gate Estate
  • 8th Generation Winery
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • Trimbach Alsace
  • Pewsey Vale
  • St. Urbans-Hof
Sauvignon Blanc

Flavors and Aromas: Grassy, Herbal, Gooseberry, green apple, blackcurrant, melon, green pepper, jalapeno.

Palate: Moderate to assertive, distinctive aromatics. Light to medium-bodied, usually crisp. Dry

Pairings: Salads, antipasto, oysters, quiche, ginger, lemongrass, fish, goats cheese.

Affinities: Lemongrass, ginger, onions, gooseberries, white cheeses parsley, baby greens, cilantro, goat cheese.

Our Suggestions:

  • Notable Wineries
  • Fairview Cellars
  • Sandhill Estate
  • Blue Mountain Vineyards
  • La Frenz Winery
  • Rodney Strong Wines
  • Cloudy Bay Wines
  • Nautilus
  • Kim Crawford Wines

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