Kits Wine Cellar takes on the hockey wine pairing challenge


Sure, many Canucks fans like to hit the local pub and gulp a beer while viewing ice carnage. But some prefer a guaranteed seat, say, on their own couch. And others drink wine. But which wines pair well with hockey? Conveniently for us, Kitsilano Wine Cellar was able to provide guidance in time for today’s Stanley Cup Playoff game. Here are their top three alternatives to beer for ardent Canucks fans.

#1 Sineann‘s 2009 Cross Check ($38.99) is a bold red blend from Oregon with an awesome hockey logo. The dark fruit, earth and pepper notes match well with meaty nibbles like beef or bison sliders.

#2 Local ciders like the Sea Cider‘s sparkling “Rumrunner” and “Pippin” ($15-17) along with Merridale‘s handcrafted “Traditional” cider ($6-10) are fermented, like wine, using organic BC apples instead of grapes. These grown-up options range from dry to semi-dry and are a fantastic match for easy chip’n’dip snacks, plus wood fired pizza.

#3 Who doesn’t love bubbly? The Cave de Lugny Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé ($25.99) is a dry rosé from Burgundy with fresh strawberry notes and a hint of creamy mousse. The bubbles suggest the festive mood of the Stanley Cup and the pink tint represents the Bruins‘ blood that will be spilled. Best of all, it plays nicely with game snacks like oysters and cheese plates.

Kitsilano Wine Cellar, 2235 4th Ave, 604-736-7660,

Last modified: June 6, 2011

2 Responses to " Kits Wine Cellar takes on the hockey wine pairing challenge "

  1. Anita says:

    Mmmmm…I miss the days when my friends and I would have Rumrunner by the beach. Come to think of it, this would have been the perfect drink to have at the
    Lady Gaga concert I went to last week. Sigh.

  2. Chris says:

    What a shame that with our bizarre multi-level system of liquor licenses here in B.C.that stores like Kits Wine Cellar couldn’t stock a really interesting selection of craft beers as well as wine and cider. Something along the lines of Firefly would do really well here in Kits.