Thursday, July 24 from 4 to 7pm
If you drink white wine, this may be one of our most important tastings for you to attend. Why? Well we all want to know what a wine will taste like. For single varietals we have an idea; but, not so with white blends...and names such as Secret Affair,Trebella, Mama Mia, Mingle and Amicitia White, don't even give us a clue. Hence our heading "Clueless Whites".
The component grapes in the blend help a bit. If there is any gewurztaminer, viognier or muscat, expect some floral notes. . If there is some sauvignon blanc or riesling, there will be some acidity to balance the fruit from the floral grapes. If there is chardonnay, it may have been oaked to contribute either some oaky notes or creamy texture.
White blends are often ideal for our local fusion cuisine as their complexity will handle the myriad of food flavours challenging our pairing skills. We have four such wines for you to taste.
is the 2012 vintage of one of our most popular red blends, the Cabernet Sauyvignon-Syrah dominant NK'Mip Talon.
The wines being poured are:
Cassini Cellars Mama Mia 2013, $17.87
This aromatic blend is made from Pinot Gris, Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc and Orange Muscat. The wine boasts a bouquet of tropical and citrus notes with hints of peach and apricot and finishes clean with an ongoing linger of pear and pineapples. Drink now or the next 2 years. This well balanced wine can be paired with seafood , light pastas, light cheeses chicken dishes, hors d'oeuvres or enjoyed on its own.
Church and State Trebella 2012, $19.90
Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier is a blend that works in BC. TreBella has been nailing it for a while and the 2012 maybe the best yet. A little less exotic and little more fresh it is a juicy mix of nectarine fruit and skin with peachy, succulent apricot flavours and textures. The grapes for this wine were picked from the Bella and Second Chapter vineyards in the Okanagan Valley in late October. Aged in French oak and acacia barrels and lees stirred regularly for 6 months. Impressive. 90pts Anthony gismondi
Gold - Intervin International Wine Competition
Best of Variety $15 to $25 - WineAlign's World Wine Awards of Canada 2013
Silver - Decanter (UK) (90-94pts)
Covert Farms Amicitia White 2012, $24.97
This Viognier, Roussanne and Semillon blend is for people who like complex wines with a strong element of minerality. Both Viognier and Roussanne are noted for providing this characteristic. This wine opens with floral aromas (apple & linden blossoms) with light green herbal notes combined with ripe pear apple and oak. While in the mouth, a complex minerality is combined with citrus, quince, pears and nutty lees flavours that combine well with the full bodied texture, oak notes and balanced acidity.
Dirty Laundry Secret Affair 2013, $18.99
This blend of 33% Gewurz, 30% Sauv Blanc, 26% Pinot Blanc and 11% Viognier has grassy aromas of fresh pear, peach and hints of floral notes with nice supporting apricot and citrus flavours..Try with roasted halibut and a mushroom risotto. "Really nice grassy notes from the Sauvignon Blanc, tropical character from the Gewürztraminer, and rich, mid-palate tannins from Viognier make this a remarkable blend." ..Wine Trails
Gold - Northweat Wine Summit
Bronze - All Canadian Wine Championships
Noble Ridge Mingle 2011, $17.99
The winery's aptly-named white blend, Mingle is crisp and fresh, beginning with herbal and citrus aromas. On the palate, there are flavours of citrus, ripe apples and herbs. The instinct for summer drinking is to chill this wine - but don't overdo it, or you will miss the juicy, fleshy mid-palate texture. The varietals in the blend, not given on the label, are 44% Pinot Gris, 40% Chardonnay and 16% Gewürztraminer. 90 pts...John Schreiner
THE EXTRA - NK'Mip Talon 2012, $22.99
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec shows flavours of plum, cassis and fresh tobacco layering with subtle clove and cocoa, leading to a concentrated toasty finish.
Saturday July 26 from 3 to 6pm
Culmina Family Estate Winery is the culmination of a lifetime of work and study in the wine industry for Don and Elaine Triggs. In 2006, Don, a champion of the Canadian wine industry and co-founder of Jackson-Triggs, set out to build a family operated winery, a vision that both he and his wife shared. Their daughter Sara, who is tremendously experienced in the wine industry and carries an esteemed Masters in Wine Business, naturally joined in this family adventure in 2012 and manages the sales and marketing of the business.
After two years of meticulously researching sites, collecting detailed temperature data and conducting water retention and soil analysis studies with Alain Sutre, a Bordeaux based expert in site selection and winemaking, the ideal terrain was found and acquired on the Golden Mile Bench in the south Okanagan.
Bordeaux varietals were the main driving force that led to the selection of the Okanagan property and luring classically trained winemaker Pascal Madevon (of Osoyoos Larose fame) to join the Triggs family in their venture. With over twenty years of winemaking experience in Bordeaux and the South Okanagan, Pascal plays an integral role in the development of Culmina wines.
We welcome Sara Triggs to Sip Wines this Saturday to pour her wines for you. Come and taste some of the first wines to come from Culmina - a winery with the potential to become another Triggs Canadian wine industry legend.
The wines being poured are:
Culmina Hypothesis 2011, $48.00
"The best first release I can remember from a local winery and six months down the road at a second tasting it has put on some flesh and weight to add to its appeal. A plethora of pepper, liquorice, tobacco, cedar and violets notes mark its complex Bordelais nose (40/26/34 cabernet franc/merlot/cabernet sauvignon) with cranberry, meaty, black olive aromas. The attack is dry, and elegant, the palate fresh with the fine grain tannins giving way to smoky pepper, vanilla, cassis, black cherry flavours flecked with tobacco, orange peel and olive. Youthful but getting richer and adding mid-palate texture and weight. Still need another two to four years to fully mature but tracking nicely. An impressive first edition with a Right Bank Bordeaux styling." 90 pts...Anthony Gismond
Culmina Decora 2013, $23.00
"This wine, with 12.5% alcohol, has a fine spine of minerality with citrus aromas that emerge on the palate as lime and grapefruit flavours. The wine has the potential to become complex with another six to 12 months in bottle."88-90pts...John Schreiner.
Culmina Saignée 2013, $22.00
Bleeding off a portion of juice from the Hypothesis must, Culmina's Saignée is a bright, lively, and characterful rosé from select Bordeaux varietal micro blocks on the Triggs' family estate. "The blend here was four barrels of Merlot juice, two barrels of Cabernet Franc and one of Cabernet Sauvignon. The light rose petal hue is the hue that is increasingly popular with rosé drinkers. The wine begins with aromas of cherry and cranberry, going on to flavours of cherry and strawberry. The finish is crisp and dry, like a fine Provence rosé. 90 pts...John Schreiner
Culmina Dilemma 2011, $26.00
Dilemma is an elegant, full-bodied Chardonnay taken from a block of 20-year old vines of incredible quality on the Triggs' family estate. Displaying mineral, chestnut, and sweet spice aromas, Dilemma is framed by lovely oak, caramel, and butter flavours, leading to a luscious body, and ending with a long, fresh finish. Pair with BC spot prawn risotto; lobster thermidor; garlic butter-drenched king crab; herb encrusted fowl; grilled chicken with sautéed chanterelle mushrooms; sea bass meunière; and nutty washed-rind cheeses like Camembert.