Thursday, October 30 from 4 to 7
Bonitas Pinot Noir 2009, $22.95
Smooth silky and extremely fruity. Black cherry, hints of rose petals, spice and herbs. Soft, velvety; enjoy with grilled salmon, roast beef, lamb, duck and mushrooms. Its complexity will grow with cellaring.
Bronze - BC Wine Awards
Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2012, $25.99
"The pinot noir benefits from the winery's light hands throughout production. Look for juicy red fruit style with a touch of tannin as Fort Berens seeks out the Lillooet style. The 2012 is already in bottle (tasted July 2014) but not yet released and is resting at the winery where it will no doubt fatten up a bit over the summer. The attack is juicy if lean with cherry, coffee, vanilla, celery flavours that finish dry and clean. Perfect for grilled salmon steak." Anthony Gismondi, July 25, 2014
Gold - All Canada Wine Championships
Silver - BC Wine Awards
Silver - Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Meyer Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir 2012, $24.91
"The Meyer style is all gentle with minimal intervention. The 'Okanagan' pinot is de-stemmed with 10% whole clusters going into the ferment. The result spends ten months in 100% old seasoned French oak to reduce any influence on the fruit - a mix of Kelowna, Oliver and Okanagan Falls grapes - including some off the property purchases. The nose is spicy with some herbaceous notes mixed with sweet raspberry fruit. The balance is fine in what is more of a rounder California style pinot. Best with salmon or mushrooms dishes." ...Anthony Gismondi
Seven Stones Pinot Noir 2010, $27.97
The 2010 Pinot embodies the true essence of this classical varietal. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and soft black tea unlock integrated flavors of ripe raspberry, red current on the mid-palate and a smooth seductive finish of cinnamon and nutmeg. A perfect food wine!
Summerhill Organic Pinot Noir 2011, $26.95
"This medium brick-hued Pinot Noir opens with a complex, feminine nose of raspberry, boysenberry, cherry cola, cooking spice, sweet peat and light oak aromas - lots to pick-out and enjoy. A full-ishpalate follows with similar, generous fruit and oak spice flavours upon entry, but transitions quickly to a showcase of the wine's austere characters like minerals, grippy tannins, raspberry seed notes and wild berry acidity through to the moderate-to-short finish."...Liam Carrier, IconWines.ca
Saturday, November 1 from 3 to 6
Little Straw is located in West Kelowna, BC and was originally known as Slamka Cellars, which translates to Little Straw. The winery opened its doors in 1996. Little Straw's signature wine is the popular Tapestry white wine blend being poured at our tasting.
St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery is located in Kelowna, across the lake from Little Straw. The owners, the Gebert brothers, produce 100% estate grown wines that reflect the terroir of the North Okanagan Valley, to show off the complexity associated with the old world, but with the clean fresh fruit flavours of the new world.
The wines being poured are:
Little StrawTapestry 2012, $16.90
"Though a blend of Riesling, Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer, Siegerrebe and Schonburger, it's the Gewurztraminer that plays the lead character in 2012 with lush tropical fruit on the floral nose and the off-dry palate which starts with a chewy (gooey) texture and then finishes crisp and tangy thanks to its pronounced grapefruit acidity. With all components a little more intense this time round, the more subtle layers of minerals and spice are pushed to the background a bit and are less 'involved' as it were."Liam Carrier, IconWines.ca
Little Straw Petit Paille Pinot Noir 2009, $21.90
A lighter red wine in both body and colour, this Pinot delivers a rich, satisfying nose of black cherry, toasted oak, and savoury complexity. The palate reflects these aromas and finishes quite long. Being dry with lively acidity, this wine is best enjoyed alongside a meal. With moderately firm tannins, it may be cellared another two to three years. For your greatest enjoyment, we recommend that you decant before serving.
Silver - 2014 NorthWest Wine Summit.
Oak Bay Gamay Noir 2012, $16.95
"Big peppery, sausage, rooty, licorice, smoky, black cherry and tobacco aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, elegant but slightly austere style with black cherry, savoury, tobacco, meaty, peppery, licorice root and smoke flavours. Good solid fruit to go with food." Anthony Gismondi
Silver - BC Wine Awards
St. Hubertus Frizzante Rose 2012, $16.95
"Light cherry colour with almond, cherry, minty, tobacco and liquorice aromas. Round, fresh, juicy, slightly fizzy palate with cherry, rhubarb, earthy, tobacco flavours. A simple, juicy style that finishes clean and fruity"....Anthony Gismondi.
Oak Bay Gewurztraminer 2013, $16.95
"Love the value here in a simple but well-made gewürztraminer. Look for apricot, spice, light litchi and ginger aromas before a full, rich, sweet attack. The palate is soft and generous with ripe honey/litchi flavours mixed with bits of baked pear. Sweet and soft but with fine intensity and length. Try this with barbecue ribs or spicy chicken dishes."...Anthony Gismondi