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Viognier, CC Jentsch, Golden Mile Bench, Naramata VQA, BC, 2015, 13.5% abv. C$23

CC Jentsch is a small, family-owned BC winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver.  Amber Pratt is Chris and Betty Jentsch’s winemaker.  The family has farmed in the region since 1929. I first learned of their wines when … Continue reading

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Syrah, CC Jentsch Cellars, Oliver, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2013, 13.8% abv, C$30

This BC wine was the winner in the Judgement of BC blind tasting held in August 2015 in Vancouver. Now, this was no small feat – 12 BC wines (Chardonnay and Syrah) were cast against 12 benchmark Chardonnay and Syrah … Continue reading

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Viognier, Black Hills Estate Winery, Okanagan, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2013, 13.3% abv.

This wine screams ‘summer’ and since summer is about to leave us, I wanted to mark its passing. Pale lemon with distinct aromas of canned peaches, fresh apricots, white flowers and fragrant blossoms, this is a great match for white fish dishes … Continue reading

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Saignée, Culmina, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2013, 14% abv.

It’s a beautiful, sunny, June afternoon and Canada’s women’s soccer team is getting ready to play in nearby BC Place stadium.  What better time than to enjoy a rosé that has been sitting in the wine fridge, just waiting for … Continue reading

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Samantha, Syrah, Cerqueira Vineyard, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, Oliver, BC, 2013, 13.6% abv.

This wine was produced by the 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Sommelier of the Year winner, Samanatha Rahn as part of the Okanagan Crush Pad Winery’s wine campus program.  Held in conjunction with the BC Hospitality Foundation, sale proceeds fund a … Continue reading

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Church & State, Chardonnay, Gravelbourg Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada, 2010, 14.3% abv, C$25

Church & State is one of my stalwart Okanagan favourites – due in large part to the fine winemaking abilities of Jeff del Nin.  The other part is heavily influenced (I cannot lie) by the dramatically stunning backdrop provided at their … Continue reading

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Black Hills Estate Winery, Nota Bene, Meritage, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada, 2010, 14% abv.

I bought this bottle at the winery in Oliver in August 2012 – and then brought it right back to the Okanagan to drink with Jennifer and Allan.  Fun! This is Black Hills’ renowned Meritage blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot … Continue reading

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