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

 

 

B.C Wine of the Week

Church and State

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Coyote Bowl Vineyard

 A goodie in my Cellar..( tasted Jan 2018)

 A serious Good Cabernet is hard to find and I feel like everyone comes into the store and they find out we only carry B.C Cabs they recoil in disappointment. I am here to tell you that B.C can make anything! Yes that is how diverse our climate and terroirs are.. .   About 15 % of our vineyards in B.C are dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.

The cool thing is that Osoyoos ( Black Sage Bench where Coyote Bowl Is ) gets roughly about 1535 hours of (GDD) growing degree days.  Directly in line with Napa California ‘s (GDD) of 1450.   So here is a great example of a Cabernet Sauvignon B.C with Kim Pullen at the Helm.

The first sniff is a fragrant nose of Black Currant and cassis This ruby red wine has intensity with savoury and Sage notes, Spice and Coffee and green beans. The finish was long with great structure and balanced tannins.

4/5 for Value and taste

$35

If you can find some …

Resources: BCWI , Church and State,

B.C Wine of the Week

Lunessence Winery

Duet 2016

This year’s Wine releases will be very exciting as the Summer was one of the Hottest on Record In B.C

I am looking forward to adding Vancouver Island to my list of reviews as I will be taking a trip there  in a few weeks.

So Duet was very much not what I expected.  A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Franc cold fermented in 80 % Stainless Steel and 20 % American Oak. The Wine was medium weight with notes  Red Berries, Twig and Earth. The Palate has a creamy texture with light Tannins and a zip of pepper,

The finish is a not lengthy , however a very unique and pleasing wine  . I would recommend trying this with your Steak or Osso Buco

A mere $20

Value and taste 3.5/5

Available at the Winery

B.C Wine of the week!

Happy New Year to all my Followers!

Hope you have been treated well this season and wined fabulously !

This week  I invited fellow Wine Friend and lover of Pinot Noir to be our guest  Blogger . Brian is no stranger to the Wine business and is an avid world traveler , hockey player and has a very sophisticated  Wine palate !

So enjoy..

Cheers Gigi

2014 Eau Vivre Pinot Noir
This winery is unfortunately no longer in business, however there are still a few bottles of this wine around here and there and it is well worth your time to hunt them down as this is one of the finest Okanagan Pinot Noirs that I have tasted.
I include the winery notes here as they very accurately echo my own. “The 2014 Pinot Noir is medium garnet in colour featuring intense aromas of cherry, cranberry and spice. Bright fruit flavours of fresh red berries, orange zest and clove are complimented with the wines lively acidity.
This winery has won numerous awards including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award twice for their Pinot Noir as well as Double Gold in the International Pinot Challenge. Get it while you can!
Brian Ritchie

 

TOP TEN BC WINES FOR CHRISTMAS !

Top Ten BC Wines for Christmas

I have really enjoyed reviewing and tasting new wines ( of Course ) . However, I have especially enjoyed sharing this with you. Thank you for following me on this journey ! I will continue this year with my Wset and complete my Diploma . 2018 will bring some changes to our Wine region hopefully with better inter-provincial laws  to ‘Free the wine “ and also more accessibility in Vancouver aka ( grocery stores). For better consumer choice !

I am very proud of B.C and the vision of  our Winemakers in a sustainable Future for the wines and the environment ! So here are my Top Ten

10.Tinhorn Creek Old Field Chardonnay 2014  Fresh, Hot buttered popcorn and toasty oak !

  1. 9.Lunessence Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Aged in French, Slovakian Oak it oozes blackberries and a rich palate..

8.Black Sage Cabernet Franc 2015   A firm pick of mine for my pork Tenderloin ! Cherry and earthy notes  and a good layering !

  1. 8th Generation  Confidence a Totally refreshing Frizzante bursting with  flavour  Rainier cherries and a  Bowl of Strawberries . The classic  Light aperitif !

6 Howling Bluff Century Block Pinot Noir  2014 !  I was lucky to have gotten this hot Pinot from Luke . Amazing layers of  Dark Fruits , Chocolate and more .. his Sauvignon blanc is also to Die for !

5.Wild Goose Pinot Gris  Delicious off Dry Wine with Layers of Mango and a creamy finish! A must with my  Asian inspired salads !

4.Quail’s Gate  Merlot 2015 Dense, rich Merlot  reflective of a Hot Summer  Don’t miss out!

  1. Summerhill  Blanc de Blanc 2010 .   Celebrate the culmination of a great year !  The perfect Brut !

2. Wild Goose God’s Mountain Riesling  The perfect Riesling . Off dry with stone fruit and Honey..

  1. Mission Hill Quatrain 2012 Merlot Driven Meritage with complex layers. Worth every dime !

Merry Christmas to all my followers  and a Happy and Healthy wine o licious New Year !

Gigi