The next wine in Oliver Twist’s Nostalgia Series of wines was released in early June. The 2014 Pink Cadillac (a rosé, of course) augments the collection along with the Rockabilly Red and Boogie Woogie White. Each Nostalgia Series wine is colorfully adorned with a hot rod car and unique character painted by California artist Ralph Burch, who has over 30 years of experience painting pin-up girls. The Pink Cadillac is driven by Billy-Jean, who never actually reveals all of her secrets about the wine. A fully loaded rosé, the Pink Cadillac is a big-block blend of three grape varieties and has a voluptuous touch of sweetness.

The Pink Cadillac is not the only rosé in the portfolio. Owner and winemaker Gina Mitchell is also proud of the two others at Oliver Twist – the always-popular Patio Passion (a rosé made with Merlot) and the Rosado Splash (a dessert-style rosé that also makes a great a martini). All of their rosé wines pair well with a wide assortment of foods and are popular in the heat of the Okanagan summer.

If you are planning a visit to Oliver Twist in the fall, ask about the Harvest Dinner that is planned for mid-September. Featuring locally sourced foods, live music, and dancing, it will be a spectacular dinner in a truly picturesque setting. Oliver Twist is also open all year long.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – $28.00

This wine has aromas of dark cherries, cocoa, eucalyptus, and mint. It has smooth flavours of coffee, cherries, and leather and has smooth, elegant tannins. This one is a real mouthful.

2012 Merlot – $26.00

Blueberries, plums, cardamom, and allspice on the nose and black cherries, dark berries, and coconut flavours on the palate. At around $26, this top-flight wine is an incredible value.

~ Luke Whittall