Posts Tagged ‘NkMip winery’

2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival

February 21, 2019

That time again…the Vancouver International Wine Festival!

So much to do, so many wines to taste…160 wineries from 16 countries pouring 1450 wines…and California is the feature wine region.

With so many options, here are some suggestions on wineries – and wines – to check out.

California

Being the “feature” region usually means having the most wineries/wines, and this year is no different! While there are some new names to check out, I would go with some of the long term stars of the region. Wagner Family of Wine, for example…don’t know for sure, but will Caymus be there? If so, their Cabernet Sauvignons are legendary! And how about Ridge Vineyards? Zinfandel put them on the map…look for both the Lytton Springs and Geyserville blends, two of my favourite wines. Last but not least, Beringer…another Cabernet Sauvignon legend, although don’t ignore their Merlots and Reserve Chardonnay!

Canada

Wines from across Canada are once again at the festival, but stick with BC for the best! Burrowing Owl’s Syrah is consistently among the best in the province, for example. Church and State makes another great Syrah, as well as solid Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux blends. Finally, Nk Mip Vineyards, a First Nations winery from Oliver, makes outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay in the Qwam Qwmt series.

Australia

Not a big selection this year to choose from, but check out Vasse Felix/Yalumba. The Yalumba Signature is a super-ripe Bordeaux-blend that can last for decades.

France

Even fewer French wines this year, unfortunately, but nice to see Chateau Pesquie from the Cotes du Ventoux. They make outstanding reds, including the Quintessence.

Italy

Last but not least, Italy…and more than a few choices this year! Want Chianti? Check out the wines of Antinori, one of my favourite producers. Brunello di Montalcino? How about Altesino, a great producer. And if you love Barolo, it is hard to beat the wines of Marchesi di Barolo.

So there you go…if you just taste the wines from the wineries above, that will give you at least 20 – 25…which is a great start!

SB

http://www.sbwinesite.com

 

 

So much to do, so many wines to taste…160 wineries from 16 countries pouring 1450 wines…and California is the feature wine region.

 

With so many options, here are some suggestions on wineries – and wines – to check out.

 

California

 

Being the “feature” region usually means having the most wineries/wines, and this year is no different! While there are some new names to check out, I would go with some of the long term stars of the region. Wagner Family of Wine, for example…don’t know for sure, but will Caymus be there? If so, their Cabernet Sauvignons are legendary! And how about Ridge Vineyards? Zinfandel put them on the map…and look for both the Lytton Springs and Geyserville blends, two of my favourite wines. Last but not least, Beringer…another Cabernet Sauvignon legend, although don’t ignore their Merlots and Reserve Chardonnay!

 

Canada

 

Wines from across Canada are once again at the festival, but stick with BC for the best! Burrowing Owl’s Syrah is consistently among the best in the province, for example. Church and State makes another great Syrah, as well as solid Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux blends. Finally, Nk Mip Vineyards, a First Nations winery from Oliver, makes outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay in the Qwam Qwmt series.

 

Australia

 

Not a big selection this year to choose from, but echek out Vasse Felix/Yalumba. The Yalumba Signature is a super-ripe Bordeaux-blend that can last for decades.

 

France

 

Even fewer French wines this year, unfortunately, but nice to see Chateau Pesquie from the Cotes du Ventoux. They make outstanding reds, including the Quintessence.

 

Italy

 

Last but not least, Italy…and more than a few choices this year! Want Tuscany? Check out the wines of Antinori, one of my favourite producers. Brunello di Montalcino? How about Altesino? And if you love Barolo, it is hard to beat the wines of Marchesi di Barolo.

 

So there you go…if you just taste the wines from the wineries above, that will give you at least 20 – 25…which is a great start!

 

SB

 

www.sbwinesite.com

VANCOUVER WINE FESTIVAL PRIMER #1: CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND PINOT NOIR

February 1, 2017

Okay, been a while, but I am back…and with the Vancouver International Wine Festival just a couple of weeks away, how about a primer on two of the most popular grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir – and what you can expect from their wines.

While the grapes are very different in terms of where they are grown and their flavour profiles, they are somewhat similar in terms of the two primary styles of wine.

The more traditional style for both grape varieties is what is usually called old world. For Cabernet Sauvignon, that tends to mean from Bordeaux (where it is usually the main player in a blend of grapes) and Burgundy (where Pinot Noir stands alone, except for the Beaujolais region). Both are from France.

What are the characteristics of that style? Well, in my experience and taste, the emphasis is more on wood – usually oak and cedar – and herbs. Tannins, too, tend to dominate, particularly when the wines are young. As they subside, the result can be smooth, but the amount of fruit that is still there? Except for the great wines – which are way too expensive for me – it is usually long gone.

You can probably tell, these are not my style of wines. I have had a small number of mind boggling older Burgundies and Bordeaux, but that is more than offset by the number of woody, herbal and dried out Bordeaux and Burgundy wines (young and old). Having said that, they are the most popular red wines in the world!

But there is another style of wine which I really like…some call it new world, but it has one key word to describe it – fruit!

Luscious black currants and cassis for Cabernet Sauvignons, and cherries (black and red) for Pinot Noir. Lovely vanilla and spice can overlay but not dominate this fruit.

You probably already know where the best of these kinds of wines come from! The USA – California, Oregon (for Pinot Noirs) and Washington (for Cabernet Sauvignons). But also from Australia and my home province of British Columbia (especially for Pinot Noir).

And don’t think that “fruity” means they can’t age. Some of the Cali Cabs can easily go for 15 – 20 years without losing their fruit.

Ironically, the best ones can also be almost as expensive as their French cousins (as anyone who has heard of so-called “cult wines” like Screaming Eagle or Harlan Estates).

What does this mean for the VIWF? Well, in looking at the list of wineries, I would recommend trying the following wineries in each of the styles:
• Old World Cabernet – Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, Dourthe, Borie Manoux (France), Mission Hill, Osoyoos Larose, Jackson Triggs (B.C.)
• New World Cabernet – Kendall Jackson, Robert Mondavi (California), Columbia Crest (Washington), La Frenz (B.C.)
• New World Pinot Noir – Etude (California), Whitehaven (New Zealand), La Frenz, Howling Bluff, Averill Creek, NkMip (B.C.)

Enjoy!

SB

http://www.sbwinesite.com

The Okanagan Wineries you REALLY Want to Visit

April 13, 2016

Okay, that time of the year again. Spring, which means wineries are putting out new releases and opening up their tasting rooms!

It also means the so called wine experts are starting to write about “where to go” to taste wine. And, as usual in BC, for some reason some of the best wineries are getting left off that list!

So here you go…based on my experience tasting BC wines since the breakthrough 1998 vintage, these are the Okanagan wineries that you want to go to, and the wines you want to taste there!

1. Naramata

Start here or finish here, doesn’t matter…this is the best wine region not only in the Okanagan, but in BC. Once there, you should check out:
* La Frenz (for all wines, as it is the best winery in Canada)
* Kettle Valley (for Pinot Noirs)
* Nichol (for Syrah)
* Marichel (for Syrah)
* Moraine (for Syrah, Pinot Noir and Riesling)
* Howling Bluff (for Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir)

2. Similkameen

Still a bit unknown, and not a lot of wineries, but do check out Eau Vivre (world class Pinot Noir, plus Malbec) and Orofino (amazing Cali style Syrah, plus Pinot Noir and Riesling).

3. South Okanagan

The Osoyoos/Oliver region is the area most well known, and the one the big critics like. But it doesn’t have the best wineries. There are some very good ones, however, so check out:
* Blue Mountain (actually in Okanagan Falls, but worth the trip, as with Kettle Valley, the best Pinot Noirs in BC)
* Church and State (Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)
* Burrowing Owl (Syrah)
* Moon Curser (Syrah, Bordeaux blend)
* Cassini Cellars (Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)
* Nk Mip (Pinot Noir, Syrah)

There you go…you can do these wineries in 2 days if you like. My wine guide can show you how!

SB

http://www.sbwinesite.com