Created in 2011, Wine Campus is a mentorship program that provides the person named Vancouver's Sommelier of the Year a chance to make a small-lot wine using the grape variety and style he or she chooses. The proceeds from the sale of this wine benefit the B.C. Hospitality Foundation.
In 2012, Terry Threlfall was named Sommelier of the Year, so when harvest 2012 fell, he visited Okanagan Crush Pad and worked closely with chief winemaker Michael Bartier to create his wine.
We had great fun tasting Threlfall's TNT Chardonnay, paired expertly with goodies from Hawksworth. The Chardonnay was clean, fruity, fresh, and lively, with a minerality and brinyness (word?) that will make it a swell match for so many party foods.
This wine lives up to its explosive moniker, but can in no way be lumped in with the fruit-and-oak-bomb Chardonnays many have come to fear.
Our afternoon of tasting TNT was rounded out with wines from Haywire and Bartier Scholefield ... Lovely!
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