Local Alcohol That Pairs Well With Back-to-School

By DTO Team

SPONSORED BY BIRCH HILL STUDIO

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Week one of back-to-school is In. The. Bag. If you had illusions of pulling out meticulously-organized freezer meals for school lunches, and instead threw six cheese strings in a bag - you’re not alone. If your kid had to remind you for three straight days that he needed indoor shoes - you’re not alone. If you dropped your child off at school wearing the exact same clothes you wore to bed the previous night, then you are my twin, and come find me so we can high-five.

The first week back can be madness, but there’s nothing more rewarding on a Friday evening post-bedtime than pouring a glass of something … refreshing. But, what pairs best with I’m-watching-Netflix-on-a-pile-of-dirty-clothes? Or, I-was-late-for-pick-up-four-times-this-week? Read on. And treat yourself, dear back-to-school parent. *clink*


BROKEN LADDER CIDER

Pairs well with cold Annie’s (white cheddar, obvs, because orange cheddar tastes like poison), which your children didn’t finish, so you might as well eat it - amiright? With its crisp, sweet finish and easy-to-hold can, Broken Ladder cider is also the perfect end-of-the-first-week-of-back-to-school drink for parents who only lost 25% of their minds this week.

 
Made in Kelowna. Light, crisp and delicious. Using only local apples, no other ingredients, it’s basically like having a salad for dinner. At only 5.2% alcohol you get the motion of drinking without becoming totally wasted (right away).

Made in Kelowna. Light, crisp and delicious. Using only local apples, no other ingredients, it’s basically like having a salad for dinner. At only 5.2% alcohol you get the motion of drinking without becoming totally wasted (right away).

 

BENCH 1775 VIOGNIER

Pairs well with a dinner of cold cereal with a side of guilt. Cold cereal because you didn’t actually get the back-to-school grocery shopping, and guilt because your kid was late for the first day of school because you couldn’t find your car keys or your wallet. Kick back, throw your feet up on top of that pile of laundry teetering aggressively on your living room ottoman, turn on Netflix, and enjoy a cold, crisp glass of Viognier.

Made in Naramata. To date, this juicy fella has the highest score in our  Battle of the Okanagan 2019 wine competition!  Hovering somewhere around 14% alcohol, you can drink the entire bottle and feel good about supporting your local wine makers. #shoplocal

Made in Naramata. To date, this juicy fella has the highest score in our Battle of the Okanagan 2019 wine competition! Hovering somewhere around 14% alcohol, you can drink the entire bottle and feel good about supporting your local wine makers. #shoplocal


BNA BREWING EARL PALE

Yuuuummm. This beer pairs well with absolutely nothing, because it’s so dang good. But on a Friday after the first week of school, we recommend pairing this delicious local masterpiece with the Dairy Queen you convinced your spouse to go out and get for you because the salad you had for dinner just isn’t cutting it. Ideal for parents who plan on staying up til midnight next Tuesday to finish their child’s “About My Family” collage, vowing that this is the last time you do your kid’s work for them.

 
Made in Kelowna. Contemporary Pale Ale showcasing the citrus & spice qualities of the hops. The addition of Earl Grey tea complements these flavours and smooths the finish. High five,  BNA ! We love this beer.

Made in Kelowna. Contemporary Pale Ale showcasing the citrus & spice qualities of the hops. The addition of Earl Grey tea complements these flavours and smooths the finish. High five, BNA! We love this beer.

 

PERSEUS WINERY CAB MERLOT

This delicious red (one Kristen’s faves) pairs well with an evening devoted to getting grass stains out of brand-new leggings, and foolishly hot glue gunning Girl Guide badges on a sash because you can’t be bothered to find the sewing kit. This rich, medium-bodied wine features notes of black cherry with hints of cocoa, with a spicy finish. (Full disclosure - that last part came straight from the website. Kristen’s tasting notes are usually something like: “winey” or “tastes like grapes” or “yes, pour me some more”).

Made in Pentiction. A rich, but medium-bodied red wine that is made to drink over the next 5 years.  Perseus  wines continue to delight the Kelowna portion of the DTO team .

Made in Pentiction. A rich, but medium-bodied red wine that is made to drink over the next 5 years. Perseus wines continue to delight the Kelowna portion of the DTO team .


OKANAGAN SPIRITS BOURBON

This drink will punch you right in the taste buds, in all the best ways. Pairs well with the pizza and cinnamon stix you secretly ordered after the kids were in bed. (Hot tip: Bury that pizza box under a pile of older recycling, so your kids don’t see it the next morning and ask questions you are not prepared to answer). Pour over ice with a little maple syrup and you’ve got yourself a big-girl (or guy) drink.

Made in Vernon. At 40% alcohol, this magic liquid is like psychological noise-cancelling ear phones.

Made in Vernon. At 40% alcohol, this magic liquid is like psychological noise-cancelling ear phones.

What’s your drink of choice? Tell us in the comment box below!


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