Friday, October 30, 2015
Wines of Canada Fall Tasting Event
What a day what an event. It started by visiting some the Okanagan's best known wineries and purchasing some of their best wines. Then we invited a few select special guests. Friends we have known for years and have enjoyed numerous fine wines from around the world together. Add in a few appetizers and start tasting the wines. It became a very successful day.
Wines of Canada Fall Tasting
Gray Monk Odyssey white Brut 2008 ~ Outstanding ! One of the best all time sparking wines- so refreshing an absolute joy. 97
Old Vines Trebbiano Block 16 Yum now that's a wine wonderfully delicious. 96
Painted Rock Chardonnay 2014- Delicious the crowd went wild for the flavours of this wine Brilliant reviews 98
Culmina - Hypothesis - Another hit! Everyone loved this wine A rich bold blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
The blend shone with elegance and style 96
Painted Rock Red Icon 2013 - Dark rich classic! palate more ripe black fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla 94
Listed above were the first 5 wines we enjoyed. The Gray Monk Odyssey was rated by some as a "very remarkable" wine. We were off to a very good start.
The Trebbiano from Hester Creek has always been one of my favourites. This vintage was simple delicious.
Painted Rock a winery well know for its red produced its first white a 2014 Chardonnay. You could say it stole the event. words like "best chardonnay ever' and "better than any French wine Ive tasted".
Every loved the bold rich flavours of the Culmina blend Hypothesis. A favourite of my wife. It was a bottle she was saving to celebrate her birthday.
At this pointed we brought out a cake sang happy birthday and introduced for the second time a bottle of SKAHA Vineyard 2012 Rogue from Kraze Legz Vineyards.
At this point I was toasted for selecting such amazing wines from British Columbia's wineries. I took all the credit and gave none to the wineries.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Kamloop’s Trail Wineries
There is a new and exciting wine region emerging in British Columbia just a  little west of the Okanagan Valley.
The Kamloops Wine Trail connects four unique and diverse wineries pioneering a new wine region in the Kamloops* Thompson Valley area of British Columbia. Nestled amongst the natural beauty of the North and South Thompson Rivers
The wineries are, Harpers Trail, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Privato Winery and Sagewood Winery
Harper's Trail the first winery to open in Kamloops with wines made from 100% Kamloops grown grapes. The winery is owned by Ed and Vicki Collett. Their Thadd Springs Vineyard is located on Shuswap Road just NE of Kamloops BC Monte Creek Located 10 minutes east of Kamloops , the working ranch, which straddles the Thompson River is home to grass-fed cattle, horses, honey bees, Haskap berries, grazing land and two stunning estate vineyards
Privato is located a half-hour drive north of Kamloops, it is one of the more northerly vineyards in British Columbia planted to vinifera (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). Gracefully situated among the families 80-acre Christmas tree farm the vineyards at Privato slope.The winery is owned by John and Debbie Woodward.
Sagewood is a Family owned and operated boutique winery, the vineyards of Sagewood are nestled on the slopes of the scenic South Thompson River. Home to the regions oldest commercial vineyard, winemaker Doug Wood has been growing award winning grapes since 2005.
*Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia, located at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Kamloops lies in the rain shadow leeward of the Coast Mountains and is biogeographically connected to similar semi-desert areas in the Okanagan region,. Dry hot summers help the grapes. Kamloops is blooming into one of British Columbia’s prime destinations.
Down the road (58km) east and a wee bit north of Kamloops lies Cache Creek home to Bonaparte Bend a fruit winery owned by Gary and JoAnn Armstrong