Lock & Worth, Naramata, British Columbia
On the southeast shore of Okanagan Lake, where some of the driest, hottest weather in Canada sweetens merlot and cabernet franc grapes, two next‑gen winemakers with a minimalist sensibility are bringing natural(ish) wines west.
Sommelier says “Matt Sherlock and Ross Hackworth make wines with the least amount of intervention possible. A couple years ago, they didn’t rack or filter their cabernet franc rosé – it made a chunky blush that wasn’t very commercially viable but tasted great. I like that they’re willing to take a risk like that. Instead of producing what they think the consumer wants, they’re playing all the time.”