Having learned in our previous vintages how hard it is to find quality grapes in small quantities (i.e. less than a ton) we figured we should start shopping around for our 2009 vintage much earlier. Thankfully we found another grower named Terry, un-related to Terry with the Foch (see MM#004), with some nice grapes on the Naramata bench. Terry happened to have two of the red varieties that (we think) consistently make some of the best reds in the Okanagan, Merlot and Cab Franc.
As Thanksgiving 2009 approached, Terry kept us up to date with the ripening progression in the vineyard. It had been a great growing season and the numbers were lining up perfectly with our planned Thanksgiving excursions to the Okanagan……………………..
………..Ok, we’re totally struggling trying to write a sexy post about this vintage, Continue reading →
In sticking with our current theme of exploring Italy, we figured that we needed feature some authentic southern Italian food. Pizzeria Prima Strada is a certified, authentic, Neapolitan and absolutely delicious pizzeria!
Vermentino is a white grape variety originating in Sardinia, but is growing in popularity throughout several other warmer climate wine regions of the world. Continuing on with our current series, we taste a great example of Sardinian Vermentino.
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. Continue reading →
I’m stoked to start a new series exploring the wines of Italy. Italy has so many random grape varieties that I am excited to discover together with you. On this episode we start with a great red blend from Sicily
Two wine varieties that have truly stood the test of time on Vancouver Island are, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. In this episode I highlight two great Pinot Gris from two different regions on the island. As well as a local artisan cheese producer.