Warm autumn nights in the countryside. Appetizers, mains, and dessert. Grilled shellfish with drawn butter. Movie night done right.
Rich and buttery with a bright lemon zest edge, this versatile chardonnay checks all the boxes. Baked apple blends with fresh, tart McIntosh flavors on the palate while waves of toasted walnut, honey, and a hint of vanilla flow together for a finish that just keeps building glass after glass. Some wines are built to start the meal, others to finish—Palolem is one of the rare bottles fit to carry you through the whole night.
• Vintage: 2018
• Grapes: Chardonnay
• Appellation: Okanagan Valley Region, Similkameen Valley, Naramata Bench
• ABV: 13.5%
• Acidity: 4.30 g/l tartaric acid
• pH: 3.56
• Sugar: Under 2 g/l
• Vinification: Produced at Okanagan Crush Pad. Fermented in barrels, aged for nine months in a stainless steel tank. 33% new oak.
• Recommended Drinking: Now through 2026.
Throw in the fridge for 30 minutes, open and drink when cold. Keep on ice as you drink, or let the temperature come up as you get through the bottle to experience some of the more subtle notes of the wine.
THE STORY BEHIND THE WINE
If you can find it, it’s more beautiful than they say. Ironic, though, that the way there is on a crowded bus down a dusty road. Hot and humid hours. A twisting walk through the narrow alleys of a shantytown down a slope without a path. You can’t believe your eyes. A flawless beach. A cove tempering the fierce ocean.
Beach huts tended to by pleasant locals, filled with foreigners. Life feels easy. Late mornings, delicious food, endless happy hour. The soundtrack of waves and warm wind kissing the landscape.
Looking back, the tropical trees hide the way of life off the beach. The road home seems longer every day. Paradise can be sinister, convincing you to forget your other life. It’s no surprise that some people never leave.