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Red and White: Our Favourite Colours For Canada Day

Red and white are the prominent colours of our national Maple Leaf flag. It’s the long weekend, so most of us will be taking time to celebrate our nation’s 157th birthday on July 1. Whether on the patio, deck, poolside, at the cottage, or at a campsite, our celebrations will include food and beverages with family and friends, including red and white wines.

Niagara Peninsula’s Speck Brothers, Paul, Matt and Daniel, created a line of easy-going, excellent value wines meant to be enjoyed on their own or paired with a wide range of foods. Tongue in cheek, the brand name they chose, Sibling Rivalry, hearkens back to their days growing up and the antics that siblings go through as they journey through life together. As teenagers, their father had them camp out on his newly acquired farm in Pelham outside of St. Catharines and put them to work shovel-planting vines during their summer holidays. Since then, they have progressed from humble beginnings to be a benchmark Canadian wine producer, Henry of Pelham Family Estate.

A Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Gamay blend, it’s deep red, delicious, dry and full of berry flavours. Sibling Rivalry Red is nicely balanced, uncomplicated with mild tannins - a perfect match for juicy burgers straight off the barbeque. Sibling Rivalry Red LCBO # 126151, $13.95.

The white partner for this holiday weekend is harmonious and aromatic with tropical fruit notes. This characterful white is a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay with a dash of Gewürztraminer adding exotic flavourful nuances. Up to July 20, consumers will receive an added incentive of 50 Aeroplan Bonus Points for every bottle purchased. Sibling Rivalry White LCBO #126144, $13.95.   

Happy Canada Day!