B.C Wine of the Week

Quail’s Gate Estate

Rosé 2017

This year’s Rosés are delivering Big !   We will begin with Quail’s Gate and work our way into summer hopefully. This on begins with a beautiful rose hue .  Light on the palate but loads of flavor !A nose of raspberry /strawberry and rhubarb rounds out the Bouquet. Blend of Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with a lovely smooth finish. Pair with a BBQ pork loin and crunchy broccoli slaw!

Available at Okanagan estate wine shop Van, Alma and 4th  Thanks MIke for the wine  !

4/5

$17.99

 

What is your Style of Gewurztraminer?

What’s Your Style of Gewürztraminer?
Gewurtz means herb or spice in German and this aromatic Grape Variety does very well inour Cooler Climate in B.C. There are Dry to Sweeter Gews mostly characterized by Spicy notes like (Clove and Floral notes with low acidity and higher alcohol. I would like to introduce you
to 3 different styles B.C Gews for your pleasure.

Wild Goose Vineyards Mystic River 2017
Lychee, Passionfruit /Grapefruit and Rose Blossom
Off Dry with a spicy note/clove and a pinch of Acidity

Tinhorn Creek 2017 is among the more Sweet yet balanced Gews with a perfect balance of Spice , Sweetness and Rose Petal. Very rounded feel on the palate.

Arrowleaf Gewurztraminer
An off Dry Style with a loads of Tropical and Citrus Fruit.  It will have you craving a spicy dish !

Next time you are making Thai/ or Indian Curry, why not pair with one of our vary own B.C Gews!
Available at Private Liquor Stores
Cheers!

BC Wine of the Week !

Red Rooster Winery

 Pinot Gris 2016

Finally Spring has arrived and we will be pulling out the Whites !   Let’s take the “Gris” out of the name of this relative of Pinot  Noir because boy you get a great Zesty wine perfect for any occasion !

Red Rooster winery has one of those nicely balanced Pinot Gris with that zesty acidity!

With a beautiful nose of Okanagan Orchard Fruit, it leads to an off dry wine with Nectarine, Pear and a hint of Citrus with a rounded mouth feel.

I had an excellent visit to the winery and although it was busy  in the Pecking room we were warmly greeted and served ! Check out he winery on the Naramata bench  this summer !

4/5

$24.99 at the Winery

Available at BC liquor stores and Private Wine Stores in BC

#bcwinemonth #pinotgris

 

 

B.C wine of the week!

TIGHTROPE  Pinot Gris 2017

The Wine Season has started and nothing better than beginning a tasting at Tightrope Winery on the Naramata Bench. Lindsay O’Rourke had poured some of her wines about 3 years ago at the Van International Wine Festival and I was excited to visit the winery and see how  how they were progressing.

The wine Tasting room is Bright,inviting and Modern! The Winery grows mostly Pinot Gris, Viognier,Riesling, Pinot Noir and some Cabernet Franc and Barbera for their Blends.

Pinot Gris is the Premier White Grape Wine in B.C. and no doubt we do it well. I loved the Quality of this Pinot Gris. The nose is Green apple, citrus, passionflower. It’s has a light Lemon hue and is more dry  than off-Dry. The palate is Cactus pear, Lemongrass with an excellent  balance of Bright Acidity!

No wonder they are getting accolades.

Hello Summer !

$20+ available at Private wine stores and the Winery

 

 

BC wine Of the Week !

Return To La Frenz on Naramata Bench  April 2018

 

Going back to La Frenz this Easter Weekend was like seeing an old Friend ..  We swooped in at 5 minutes to 4 just before closing and the Tasting room was buzzing !  I love the bright tasting room and the familiar faces ! Shelley greeted us in recognition and we asked about Jeff and Niva. So great to come back to this winery ! After winning Best small Winery of the year at the Wine Align awards and Dan Bergers International Wine Competition we knew they had some great Wine in Store for us !

Chardonnay 2016 – Bold and Sophisticated Chardonnay with notes of Toasty oak, peaches,rich Vanilla and a nice full creamy mouthful. Not to be missed ! $19  Winery Price

Syrah 2015

This Fine balance of Syrah versus Viognier creates a harmony of Fruit, Pepper , Ripe Blueberries and a tinge of Anise and Dried Herbs! The palate is tickled with a Rich body with a luscious Finish.$26.00 winery Price

Malbec 2015

A dense Purple color with Rich overtones of  Cherries, Plums, Herbs would make your Meat dance on the plate ! $24.26 Winery Price

Check out this Video I made from 2016 Interview with Jeff !

 

 

 

B.C Wine of the week !

Tinhorn Creek

Gewürztraminer 2016

This vintage of Gew reads like a textbook Alsacean Gew. Absolutely great balance of fruit and sweetness. The nose is a fragrant rose petals and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate weighs in with decent weight and perfect amounts of sweetness. Lychee, citrus peel and apricot, with a hint of spice continue to a long fruity satisfying finish .  don’t let this beauty fool you with 14% alcohol..

It is a great little sipping wine but also would be amazing with some crab and South Asian dishes

4/5 Value and Taste

$17

Thanks to Mike at the Okanagan Estate wine at 4th /Alma in Vancouver shop for the wine !

 

B.C wine of the week !

Osoyoos Larose

Petales D’osoyoos 2014

This classic Bordeaux Style from the Okanagan combines the best of BC with a tradition of French Wine Making .  It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. With a very dark color the nose is ripe black cherry, cassis and hint of Smoke !

Nicely  rounded Wine ,medium to Full body with hints of herbs  and balanced tannins. The finish was decent Must pair with grilled meats folks !

$25

4/5  Taste and Value

Available at your BCLS,  VQA stores and Save on

B.C Wine of the week

HESTER CREEK    

Pinot Gris 2016

This Year marks the 50th anniversary of Hester Creek’s Estate Vineyard.  With some of the Oldest Vines in the Okanagan Hester Creek has a long Standing Tradition of Excellence in wines and in supporting their Community.  So today I sampled the 2016 Pinot Gris for your pleasure.

The nose is Apples and Pears… I mean all whole Okanagan orchard in there!!

Crisp acidity with flavors of Melon, yellow apples and quince . Nice Minerality and more on the dry side !

Pair with Seafood , Chicken,Quinoa Salad or simple Brie on toast with Quince jam!

$18  Okanagan Estate or your Local wine Store

 

BC Wine of the week

Cedar Creek  Winery

                                                             Meritage 2015

This fine Meritage expresses itself through the star of the Show the Malbec from Haynes Vineyard in Osoyoos ! About 38% Malbec and 37% Merlot 20% Cab Sauvignon and 5% Franc

I loved the way this Bordeaux Style blend came together! Rich and ripe fruit abound with a distinct earthy terroir  from the area coming throughOn the nose,ripe blueberries, rose petals, thyme and a trace of Leather.  The Richness on the palate is what i Love. Ripe tannins with blackberry, black pepper and a lasting finish. A must try with St. Agur Cheese! yum!

Available at at your friendly Wine Shop

4/5

Thanks Mike at Okanagan Estate wine shop on 4th for the Wine !

$27

 

BC Wine of the Week!

THE HATCH WINES in UCLUELET

This weekend our run to Vancouver island was a real treat! First it was my partner’s Birthday and I treated him to a Storm watching weekend in Ucluelet. The Weather was stellar  on Saturday with bright blue skies and some clouds with just a bit of Wind to watch the Coast line seas churning  as we hiked the West coast Trail!

Our stay at The Black Rock resort (named for the Black Lava Rock along the coastline) was fabulous!  We had a King suite with a fireplace and enormous bathroom Luxury Tub included.

We had the pleasure of drinking some Local wines available at the resortThe Hatch Pinot noir was certainly a wonderful surprise and will certainly be an addition in my cellar! The Hatch is a  Quirky and funky winery located  in Kelowna.  Back to the Pinot ! I Loved the Silky smooth Bowl of Cherries in my mouth ! Quite an elegant Pinot really!  The acidity was clean and finish excellent. It was fantastic to Drink all by itself ! But a warning to you once you have had it you won’t want to drink anything else!   Under the Screaming Frenzy label they also served up the Meritage in The Float Lounge high above the Cliffs with Sweeping views of the Pacific ocean before us !  The Meritage was Medium/full bodied with Blackberry and Herbal notes with  47% Cab. Franc, 36% Cab. Sauv, 10% Merlot and 7% Malbec from their  Osoyoos Vineyard! It has bold Tannins with a great Structure! Enjoyable with our Elk Osso Bucco at the Fetch restaurant that Evening !

If you have not taken in Ucluelet in January you might want to consider it . Plenty of things to do and Great Restaurants for a tiny sleepy January Town !Don’t Forget to eat at Howlers’ Family Restaurant open until Midnight with Great Food ! Have a game of Bowling afterward in the lanes attached to the place

Happy February to all

Gigi