Saturday, May 2
1-3 pm - Terravista Meet The Owner, Bob Tennant
3-6pm - Baillie-Grohman Meet The Owner, Bob Johnson
This is our "Super Saturday". We have the owners of two multi-award winning wineries on hand to pour their respective wines in back to back tastings. This is a great opportunity to taste some great wines and to meet and talk with the owners.
From 1 to 3 - Bob Tennant of Terravista Vineyards
Terravista Vineyards was started in 2008 by Bob and Senka Tennant. As a bit of history...Bob and Senka have been in the BC grape/wine industry for the past 16 years. Senka as winemaker and Bob as vineyard and business operator at their first business, Black Hills Estate Winery. In 2007, Black Hills was sold and Bob and Senka, not wanting to leave the industry, started looking for a small piece of property on which to establish a new vineyard and winery. Their idea was to concentrate on a couple of white grape varieties that had been attracting their interest. They found the ideal property on Naramata Bench and named their new baby, Terravista.
Bob will pour:
Terravista Fandango 2013
"That's right. Albariño and Verdejo. From Naramata Bench. That right there is worthy of a fandango. This is the third vintage of this blend, singular in Canada, and it keeps getting better. Orange blossom, lime, greengage entice into a full and rich palate of herbal-kissed fruit: ripe white peach, peach fuzz, clementine, pear, honeydew and spice. This is a big, expansive wine (14% alcohol) with fervent intensity, but the juicy white grapefruit pith acidity keeps it lively and balanced. Full and complex enough to take on proteins - think sablefish or scallops or poultry."91pts...gismondionwine.com
Terravista Figaro 2012
"This is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne. Glorious tropical fruit aromas charge from the glass. The wine is full on the palate, with flavours of apricot and peach." 90pts...John Schreiner
From 3 to 6 - Bob Johnson of Baillie-Grohman
Baillie-Grohman hardly needs an introduction at Sip Wines, having supplied us with a goodly number of quality wines over the past years.
Bob will pour:
Baillie-Grohman Blanc de Noir 2014
The 2014 Blanc de Noirs Rosé is a vibrant and radiant Rosé with lifted notes of fresh cut flowers, pomegranate, cherry with water melon and strawberry on the nose. The rich textural palate with a long finish and great balance displays elements of strawberry, raspberry, red berries and tropical fruit salad.
Baillie-Grohman Chardonnay 2012
There are Chardonnay lovers who lament that boldly oaked Chardonnay seems out of fashion. Well, this is a wine for you. Barrel-fermented and aged in French oak (25% new), this wine has a good interplay of fruit and oak flavours. It has aromas of citrus and oak, leading to buttery flavours of baked apple and nectarine. 88...John Schreiner
Baillie-Grohman Gewurztraminer 2014
This 90% Gewürztraminer 10% Schonburger is luminous straw with a pink hue taché due to extended skin contact. An expressive aromatic wine with exotic spice, musk with rose petal, cinnamon and ginger. A rich textural palate with a long finish and great balance displaying notes of Turkish delight, mango, lychee, and perfume.
Baillie-Grohman Pinot Gris 2014
The 2014 Pinot Gris is a bright straw with green hue. It offers up aromas dominated by lifted ripe pear, white peach and orange blossoms. A rich textural palate with a long finish and great balance displaying elements of white flowers, melon and pear.
Baillie-Grohman Pinot Noir 2012
The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is a deep carmine colour with a purple hue. The style has lifted notes of ripe red and black fruit with spice and truffle. On the palate has a vibrant bouquet of cassis, red berries with truffle and thyme and leads to a soft, rounded, fruit driven palate. Spicy and earthy notes accompany silky tannins to culminate in a well balanced and very approachable Pinot Noir. Ranked one of the top two Pinot Noirs at the 2014 BC Wine Awards.