Oliver's Rust Wine Co. has divided its portfolio into "smashable and collectible" wines.

Just as the description indicates, some of the wines are designed to be smashed – as in drunk, gulped, imbibed, swigged and enjoyed right now.

Collectible wines are the ones you can certainly sip now, or cellared to be relished in a few years.

"This Rust 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay ($21) is terrifyingly good wine for summer," said Rust winemaker Jeff Hundertmark of the first of four smashable wines.

Made in stainless-steel tanks, instead of oak barrels, this Chardonnay is low in alcohol and high in fresh fruit aromas such as apple, lime and honeydew melon.

There's even a bit of jasmine flower on the nose.

Sip this Chard on its own on the patio, deck or boat or pair it with cheese, salad, fish, chicken or pork.

Rose and summer are synonymous, so Rust fashioned its 2018 Rose ($22) to go wherever the season takes you, be it the beach, a picnic or barbecue.

It's Okanagan-style Rose, slightly off-dry and darker and meatier than a traditional, pale Rose from Provence in France.

That means its 100% Merlot make-up delivers ripe strawberries, some orange zest and a subtle earthiness.

Make your summer a little more exotic with Rust 2018 Gewurztraminer ($18) a heady, off-dry beauty with aromas and flavours of lychee, guava, rose and ginger.

Simply have a glass of it in the sunshine or match it to Indian curry or spicy Thai food.

Who says you can't drink red wine on a hot summer day?

The Rust 2018 Gamay ($22) was made to be tossed in the fridge for half-an-hour before opening.

And when you do open it, expect bright cherry aromas and flavours with a touch of white peppery zing.

Again, this wine is an easy sipper on its own or pour it alongside barbecued salmon or burgers or charcuterie.

Some of Rust's collectible wines include four Merlots from different vineyards, three different origin Syrahs and a Zinfandel.

The barbecue is going all summer long at the winery at 4444 Golden Mile Dr.

Chef Natasha Schooten has designed the menu to take barbecue to the next level.

For instance, on offer there's grilled brie with ciabatta bread and fruit compote ($16), fire-roasted olives ($11), grilled beef tenderloin with portabella fries ($24), butcher sausage with roasted cabbage ($17) and duck confit tacos ($22).

The wines by the glass on the menu are all affordable at $6 for white and Rose and $7 for red.

Rust is an equal-opportunity drinks purveyor.

It also has beer on the menu for $6.75 and cider for $6.


Summerland's Lunessence Winery has released six new vintages – four to drink right away and two to stash away.

For summer, the 2018 Blanc de Noirs Rose ($20), 2018 Viognier ($21), 2017 Reserve Riesling ($28) and 2018 Quartet ($20) are all highly quaffable.

The Rose is off-dry and dominated by ripe strawberry aromas and flavours.

The Viognier is exotic with a lemon-apricot-honey-and-spice profile.

Apple, pear, lime and honey aromas and flavours, and low alcohol of 10.5%, makes the 2017 Reserve Riesling a versatile patio, brunch, lunch, dinner or late-night drink.

And the Quartet is so named for its four-grape composition of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Blanc.

As such, it as a complex nose and taste that swings from tropical (pineapple and guava) and citrus (lime) to apple and spice.

You could pair the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) and-or 2017 Merlot ($30) to grilled steaks or burgers this summer.

Or, you could cellar them to enjoy with summer barbecue or winter roast in 2024.

The Cab Sauv is dark and bright with a backbone of blueberry, blackberry and spice.

And the Merlot is all plum, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel.


Wine events abound in the Okanagan for the rest of the summer.

 – Every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Summerland's Okanagan Crush Pad there's live music.

The Fugitives perform this Thursday and on Aug. 1 Rob 'n Walker.

Tickets $25 at OkanaganCrushPad.com.

 – On Thursday, from 4-6 p.m., at Summerland's Evolve Cellars it's Original Paint Nite so you can create your own masterpiece, glass of wine in hand.

Tickets $45 at EvolveCellars.com.

On July 28, also at Evolve, Bubbles & Boards will see you enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while creating a home decor sign with instruction from Lisa a Rustic & Refined.

Tickets: $49.

 – The Summer Soiree at West Kelowna's Mission Hill Family Estate on July 26 will see the Exhilaration Brut Rose released.

The debut of the pink sparkling is a follow up to last year's successful launch of Exhilaration Brut, the first foray into sparkling for Mission Hill.

Tickets to the 7-9:30 p.m. party are $99 at MissionHillWinery.com

 – Canada's highest outdoor wine tasting is back Aug. 10 with the Mile High event at SilverStar Mountain Resort outside of Vernon.

The B.C. Wine, Cider and & Spirits Festival is putting on the tasting from 4-7 p.m. at an elevation of 5,280 feet outdoors in the village centre.

Tickets are $79 at BCWineFestivals.com.

 – The Okanagan Wine Festival Society's newest event is the B.C. Wine and Food Truck Face-Off, 7-9 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the parking lot of Okanagan Mission Community Hall in Kelowna.

Food truck small plates will be served with Valley wines and guests get to taste them all and vote on the best pairing.

Participating food trucks include Rollie's Roadhouse, The Deli Don, Artisto Gelato, Street Eats, Inferno Woodfire Pizza, Peter Ze German Streetfood and The Boneyard BBQ and Grilling.

Participating wineries include The View, House of Rose, Indigenous, Sperling, Dirty Launtry, Crescent Hill and O'Rourke's Peak.

The will also be live music and lawn games.

Tickets are $85 at TheWineFestivals.com.

 – The 5th B.C. Pinot Noir Celebration is Aug. 17 on the grounds at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.

Thirty-five of the province's top Pinot producers will be pouring, chefs will be serving up hors d'oeuuves, there's a keynote address by Madeline Puckette, the bestselling author of Wine Folly, three classroom educational sessions and even a dance once it gets dark.

The seminars are in the morning and the main even runs 3-10:30 p.m.

Tickets $150 at BCPinotNoir.ca.

 – Wineries that make limited quantity, delicious wine will show off Aug. 18 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Garagiste North Small Producers Wine Festival at Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna.

The fifth annual event gives wineries that make under 2,000 cases a year a chance to pour samples for wine lovers.

There will even be a pop-up store on site so you can buy these hard-to-find wines after discovering your new favourites.

Some of the participating wineries include Schell, Tall Tale, vinAmite, Winemaker's Cut, Four Shadows, Lariana, Origin, Red Bird and Anthony Buchanan.

Tickets are $55 at GaragisteNorth.com.


Steve MacNaull is a reporter at The Okanagan Weekend. Reach him at steve.macnaull@ok.bc.ca.