Saturday, December 7 from 3 to 6pm
Sunday, December 8 from 3 to 6pm
(the wines only, in the absence of the owner)
CHURCH AND STATE WINES
Meet The Owner, Kim Pullen
THIS TASTING IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR YEAR!
For Your Own Sake - Don't Miss It
Church and State rose to the position of number 4 in Canada in the Canadian Wine Awards last year and continues to produce wines of the highest quality in a consumer friendly style.
At this tasting owner Kim Pullen will pour 5 wines, a number of which are ideally suited to either Christmas Dinners or gifting during the holiday season. These are wines that are only available directly from the winery and at select retail stores.
Included in the tasting are the new releases of Coyote Bowl Syrah (the last two vintages placed number 1 and number 3 red wines in Canada!), Gravelbourg Chardonnay and Estate Merlot, together with Quintessential 2009 which was the runner-up at the recent 2013 SIP Wines BC Iconic Red Wines Tasting and Competition and was the top placing wine from the 2008 to current vintages. This wine represents the ultimate wine for gift giving to the collector.
The wines being poured are:
Gravelbourg Chardonnay 2012 $26.90
Golden in colour, the wine starts off with aromas of golden delicious apples, lemon crème fraiche, vanilla bean and subtle notes of peach and apricot.
The palate is soft, round, silky, with an impeccable balance and gorgeous full textured mouthfeel. Additional notes of crème caramel, brioche and boney minerality intermesh into the texture to create a stunning and truly memorable Okanagan Chardonnay.
Trebella 2012 Reg $20.90 NOW $19.90
Gold - 2013 Intervin International Wine Awards
Silver - 2013 BC Wine Awards
This blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier is vibrant yellow and straw in colour. It offers a complex array of aromas including lemon crème, acacia flowers, nectarine, green apple, vanilla and toast, stone fruit and minerals. On the palate, the flavours are framed in a smooth creamy mouth feel that is rich and fat. Additional flavours of yeast, honey and lanolin can be found along with notes of smokey oak and peppery spice. This interesting wine will pair well with rich seafood dishes such as halibut, crab bisque, risotto, and most west coast cuisine. Its elegance will compliment, rather than dominate foods with subtle flavours, and it also offers a nice alternative for the ABC crowd
Merlot 2011 $19.90
These flavours carry onto the palate where they are joined by a kiss of vanilla bean. The wine is texturally bold: thick and rich, but with an amazingly vibrant acidity that cleanses the palate makes this wine particularly well suited to enjoying with food.
Aromas of sweet black cherry, cassis, black olives, cigar box and candied fruit.
Coyote Bowl Syrah 2011 $34.90
On the palate, the wine is soft, silky, dense and rich. The pepper and black fruit continue right to the back of the palate and are joined by notes of cream and vanilla. The overall impression of the wine is one of impeccable balance and harmony between flavour, tannins and acidity. Another blockbuster Syrah from the Coyote Bowl Vineyard
Purple and Magenta in colour, this wine has an ultra-intense cracked black pepper aroma that overwhelms your senses. The pepper is underpinned by lashings of blueberry, black cherry and violets. As the wine opens up, it starts to display notes of sage, nutmeg, Christmas kabking spice, milk chocolate and vanilla bean.
Quintessential 2009 $55.00
Double Gold - 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Runner Up & Top 2008 to Current Vintage - 2013 SIP Wines BC Iconic Reds Wine Tasting and Competiton
Silver - 2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Silver - 2013 Northwest Wine Summit
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot. Dense and dark in colour, with ultra-black cherry and cassis aromas complexed by notes of coffee, baker's chocolate, pencil shavings and graphite aromas. On the palate, there is dark concentrated black cherry fruit and gorgeous tannin structure producing great richness and length, but with impeccable balance. The wine coats and totally fills your mouth, and a staggering array of complex flavours continue to linger in your mouth long after swallowing.