A sunny afternoon in April we popped by a local winery in Abbotsford with our first two wines to get an outside opinion. The color and the aromas of our cherry wine and the full mouth feel of our Marechal Foch pleasantly surprised our winemaker acquaintance. However, we all felt that the Cherry wine came across rather thin with no length and the Foch had those typical Fochy characteristics (wild, brambly and lacking much aroma).
With a twinkle in his eye he grabbed the bottle of Cherry and tossed a dash into his glass of Foch, leaning our way said, “Try this!” This was our first official experience with blending.
Not much later back at the Garage, four glasses of wine are lined up in a row. Taped to the underside of each glass are four different blend ratios of our Foch to Cherry: 90:10, 80:20, 70:30 & 60:40. After tasting through them several times, we were unanimous in choosing the blend of 80% Foch to 20% Cherry. The Cherry contributed light playful aromatics to the full rich body of our Foch creating a wine that tasted far more complete and balanced than its separate parts. We had de-Foch’d our Foch, creating a very Unorthodox Blend!