B.C Wine pick of the week

B;ack sage

Black Sage Zinfandel  2012

This Month we focus on upcoming Father’s day so I thought I would dedicate my next 2 posts to all the men out there !

When I think about Zinfandel  It conjures up images of men smoking their after dinner cigars… waiting for their Port, maybe in the Mess Hall.  A whole lot of testosterone ! To me, it’s a very masculine wine. It’s robust  in body and flavor is best grown in long hot climates.

Do I have your attention now !

Black Sage winery headed by wine maker Jason James, has planted this variety in this hot little region that typically gets hotter than anywhere else in the Okanagan, located at the Northern tip of the Sonoran Desert. I am hoping that we here in B.C, will begin to be recognized internationally for our unique wines and terroirs.

The Color is a deep garnet with an aroma of ripe blackberries  . On the palate I taste dark chocolate, smoke, cassis and cedar with an intense fruit finish.  Known for it’s high level of sweetness this Zinfandel delivered a satisfying dry finish.

And now for my Barbeque …

4/5

$30

Available at Okanagan Estate and local VQA shops

BC Wine Pick of the week

Tiptoe

Montakarn Estate winery

Tiptoe Oaked 2013

Located on Black sage Road outside Oliver B.C, Montakarn is an inviting building with a prominent Red Roof and  Great Oak Doors . We were greeted by Bella in the Tasting Room  ,Gary’s Sister and just really enjoyed the whole experience . Montakarn is named after Gary’s Lovely wife . They have garnered some great Awards in a short period of time including this Wine and are definitely on my list t of Wineries to pay attention too  !

Let me point out that Montakarn has 2 Tiptoe.  One is un oaked   .

We enjoyed many wines mostly  named after women. Thanks for that Gary !  I will begin with this refreshing White …

This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Fermented in Steel Barrels then aged in Neutral French Oak .

The nose is Apple Streudel , apricot, and a light toasty oakOn the palate, Herbaceous, Dry with a balanced acidity leading to a mouth watering finish.

Great Wine ~ available at the Winery before it’s gone   ! $ 20

4/5 Taste and Value