Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2014
This Spring release is always one to look forward to when it comes to Poplar grove
Just in time for this sunshine ….Tada comes this outstanding Pinot Gris!
This year Vintage just evaporated out of the bottle and POOF !
Vanished too quickly !
With aromas of stone Fruit, Apricot and Baked apple / The wine just was Creamy on the palate with a luscious amber color ..Finishing with a touch of Dryness , Perfect acidity ..
Try with some Humus and Pita. Great with Crab salad !
Better go get yours quickly !
Check out the Winery on the the Naramata Bench. Very friendly staff and amazing Views!
Available at Vqa stores ! $22
Old Vines Auxerrois 2014
A Little less known grape the Pinot Auxerrois , a relative of Chardonnay is a popular variety from Alsace . As a lover of Chardonnay I decided to give this a try from Gehringer Brothers a very long standing winery situated in Oliver BC. One thing I like about them is they do everything with great value and Quality. I have never been disappointed by any of their Wines on that point ! This vintage also boasts a few nice Awards including Gold 95 Pts. – Los Angeles International Wine Awards
As I peruse over the nose, I get a whiff of Citrus and Pear or wait? Maybe pomelo?? It really has a sweet lovely smooth taste with a layering of lingering apple on the off dry finish . I found it delivered a good balance of acidity as well. Easy pleasey!I believe this is a great Patio sipper as I watch the Cherry blossoms fall here in Vancouver ..
Give it a try at only $13.29 at your local Wine shop or BCL
3.5/5 for taste and Value
Vintage Ink Wild White 2013
So as I stated in my last review, I am going to blog about some lesser known wineries from time to time . i will also be taking my yearly trip to the Okanagan in May to bring you some more cool reviews.
I came across this Cool bottle at my local wine store and it has a great marketing name and design ( no doubt to attract a younger Clientele)
Check out their website www.vintageink.ca
This little VQA white is a blend of Riesling and Gewὓrtztraminer Somewhat an unusual blend. I was delightfully surprised… Bring on SUMMER! A lively nose of passionflower, Lychee with a layer of tangerine and slightly off dry finish.. Pair with thai, spicy food or a light salad and Shrimp !
The price is amazing $15 at your local VQA store
4/5 for great value and flavor !
This week I’d like to welcome a former colleague to write a guest Blog !I am sure you will enjoy his Pinot Noir expertise !
I’m writing about the 2013 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir although it is no longer commercially available, because the 2014, from an equally, if not, superior vintage will be released in May.
As someone who has bought this wine for many years, I believe the quality has not only been consistent, but has improved from year to year. I would go so far as to say that this is undoubtedly the finest entry level Pinot Noir produced in the Okanagan. I’m hard pressed to think of a better Pinot from anywhere in the $25 range.
The wine is silky, elegant, seductive and multifaceted with aromas of cherry, forest floor, spices and minerals. It has soft tannins with balanced acidity. The flavours add an earthy, herby note that doesn’t distract from the pure flavourful fruit.
The vines are all estate grown and between six and twenty-eight years of age. The use of six different clones adds to the complexity of the wine. The winery suggests that the wine will age up to about seven years from the vintage. I have had older bottles that were exceptional, but the wines are so good now, why not put one or two away and drink the rest, that’s what I do.
In my opinion, this is Pinot Noir as good as it gets in the Okanagan. $25.00 winery direct
Sandhill Cab/Merlot 2013 Vanessa Vineyard
This week will be the last week I feature more known Wineries, as I will try and find some “diamonds in the rough” so to speak… or lesser known wineries in BC.
Sandhill’s specializes in their Single Lot philosophy. Which means each Grape comes from a different region with a different environment /soil and method of cultivation that brings out each wines uniqueness. This vineyard is located in the Similkameen which has some of the hottest weather around. But let’s talk about the wine . This is 59% Cabernet sauvignon and 49 % Merlot . This Dry wine has a luscious nose of Black Cherry and dark fruit, a touch of smoke, a bit of Oak, but very light tannins As I let it breath I could detect some great savoury and spice with a bit of Chocolate ending in a dry finish with a touch of coffee.
This medium bodied wine is a great pairing with Lamb and roasted Pork Loin or a Hearty Vegetable Stew
3/5 for value and taste $20 tax in
Available at your BCL or VQA stores
McWatters Collection Chardonnay 2013
This week was a week of sorting through old photos and organizing one of the storage rooms so here I am in between sorting, Drinking this very delightful Chardonnay from Harry McWatters of TIME winery . Harry McWatters is a Pillar in the BC wine industry having founded Sumac Ridge Winery, See ya Later ranch and most recently his new Winery ‘Time’ in Oliver on the Black Sage bench.
The thing about this chardonnay is it’s a huge Buttery chard with a safe balance of Oak for me in which case it pleases many palates !
The nose is toasty Oak with a hint of nuttyness . At first taste I get orchard apple and buttery popcorn with a finish of Almond and . The texture is creamy and as my good friend David would say Great with Mac and Cheese .Yum comfort Food !
Pretty nice balance of acidity
I give it a 3/5 for Taste and Value
You can buy this at your BCLS, Private Wine and VQA stores for a mere $22 + tax
Quail’s Gate Old Vines Foch 2013
To mark my half century, my partner and I spent a weekday at his family’s cabin near Lake Chilliwack. It was a lovely February winter day among the snow-capped peaks.
As is tradition with my family I brought a Marechal Foch to taste with our Blue Cheese and olives and Crackers in front of the night fire..
What a delight ! Marechal Foch is a Hybrid Grape named after a WWI hero. Quail’s gate produces this wine at their Osoyoos Vineyard from 37 years old vines . The wine is aged in American Oak for 20 months producing a dry intense flavor !
It is as intense and full bodied as its history!
Let’s Begin.. Great nose of Toasted Rye, Black Cherry with an intense palate of Cranberry, Chocolate and spice with a mouth-watering finish.
This wine has great Aging potential . If you haven’t visited Quail’s Gate in West Kelowna yet ,I strongly advise a lunch reservation at their restaurant. Amazing views and Great Food !
4/5 rating for Value and Flavor ! $25 tax in
Today my Good Friend David Aidla whom I have had the privilege of Working with in Kensington VQA store are reminiscing ! I have been myself a customer at Kensington for over 7 years having worked there almost 3. This Store really who has helped to put BC wines on the map and onto your table is closing after 13 years ! So out with a bang right ! We decided to taste David’s Favourite wine in BC and I to write about it…
2013 Vintage of the Jackson Triggs Red Meritage Grand Reserve !
The 2006 vintage was David’s fave Wine ever in BC with rich flavors of Chocolate and Mocha !
Jackson Triggs have been around for about 2 decades and the Grand Reserve is one of their Top tier series .
The 2013 begins with a Fruity blackberry and Cherry nose . There is also a lovely scent of Violet and Cedar in between .
As It takes over the palate , lovely Blackberry and Coffee notes leaves you wanting more of this elegant Bordeaux blend.
It is drinking Beautifully now, but can be aged another 3 years
Highly recommended 5/5 $22
Thanks David !
My name is Geraldine Goyer, but I am known as Gigi among friends. I am an aspiring oenophile (wine connoisseur) from Vancouver, BC who also happens to be a professional dancer, mother of two grown kids, Argentine Tango teacher, blogger, tango DJ, traveler, and writer.
I acquired my passion for wine from my grandparents when we lived in the Loire Valley in France. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe where I was exposed to many of the region’s famous wines’ . My move to BC introduced me to the wines in the Okanagan and I have recently been working at a BC VQA Store in Burnaby I am working on my WSET 2 I hope to one day become a wine critic and educator…