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Some of the best kept secrets…

Some of the best kept secrets…

Some of the best kept secrets out there are the quality of our own wines from the interior.

Many of our wineries are fantastic but to small to have a huge impact on your shopping. Here are 2 of my choices that I think exemplify our home grown quality.

Perpetua, chardonnay

    • From Mission Hill Family Estate
    • It is a single vineyard wine and is fermented in new French oak for 10 months and stirred by hand every 2 weeks.
    • The finished product is rich and creamy with nice toasty notes on you palate with butter and smoke making it one of the best chardonnay’s out there.
    • Mission Hill can impress when they want to and with the Perpetua they have certainly impressed me.

For our red this week I have chosen a new entry into the B.C. home grown market.
Painted Rock is only into its second vintage now and has created something even more special for us since its first release.

    • Painted Rock Icon
    • Estate grown
    • It is a blend of Merlot at 30%, Cab Franc at 25%
    • Malbec at 25% and Petit Verdot at 20%

It was aged in new French oak for 18 months and gives you a huge bodied red with fantastically ripe and concentrated fruit, with a deep deep red almost black in colour appearance. The ripe fruits explode on your palate but it does not resemble an Australian fruit bomb in any way. A true representation of what good wine making is all about.

James and the 1er cru at Coal Harbour Liquor Store

Spring and patios are in everyone’s mind

Spring and patios are in everyone’s mind

As we get closer to spring and patios are in everyone’s mind, I have chosen 2 wines, one from our own back yard and one from the other side of the world that knows what sun is, Australia.

Australian first. Skillogalee Rose`. A Rose` with enough character to impress. Created in the Clare Valley, it s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes giving it a clean crisp fresh berry fruit taste with some savoury spices and clean acidic finish. The blend will give you a mouthful of rose` with a tendency to have a greater red wine feel. With the addition of the Malbec grape the wine has an unexpected flavour and bite that makes your mouth water.

The Skillogalee Rose` is best served slightly chilled and is a perfect partner to an afternoon of patios.

The wine from our own backyard is the Orofino Gamay. It is created in the Similkameen valley in a 6 acre property on the sun drenched Cawston Bench.

A Gamay is a new world name for Beaujolais and has many of the same qualities. A light and refreshing yet flavourful red wine that has hints of white pepper and raspberries on the nose taking you to a spicy vanilla and rich ripe red berries on your palate.

This will become a summer favourite for all your BBQ needs and will be a perfect evening wine after your Rose` earlier on the patio.

Both choices are a lighter style of wine specifically chosen to match to all patio weather. Even if it rains these wines will bring back the sun if only for a few minutes!!

James and the 1er Cru at Coal Harbour Liquor Store

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