Sure it's a gold-medal winner from this year's SavorNW Wine Awards. Sure, it's wallet-friendly, ringing in at just $13.50. And sure, it's grown, produced, packaged, and sold locally. But, best of all, it is bright, well balanced, and delicious.
Read my notes in this month's Sipping Vines column in the Abbotsford News. Also, give the recipe from Lepp Farm Market a try. The tang of the feta cheese and tomatoes, along with the spicy fennel, garlic, and pepper flavours, and the salty-sweetness of the shrimp will work perfectly with this rosé.
Over the next few months, I will pair a wine to whatever recipe the good folks at Lepp Farm Market decide to share. This promises to be delicious fun--for me and my friends and family--as I try a variety of wines from all over the world, including B.C.'s Okanagan and Fraser Valley wine regions, with the food and then pick the best of the bunch to share with you.
I've always said that any wine is better when shared and I love that Lepp Farm Market tags its The Farmer and the Foodie segment with the same sentiment.
Give the recipe a try, pour the wine, and tell me what you think.
Below you'll find my Oct., 2012 wine column, published in My City, a monthly magazine in the Abbotsford News. This month I share my impression of Bella sparkling wines.
A little bubbly can fancy up the drabbest event, honour the most special occasion or simply make you smile. And with the Christmas party season approaching (don’t blink!), now is a good time to stock up on sparklers.
Here is my wine column as it appeared in the September, 2012 issue of My City, a monthly magazine in the Abbotsford News one week before I took off for three wine-and-sun drenched days in the Thompson-Okanagan at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.
I had a number of great experiences during [the recent] Fraser Valley Food Show
at Tradex, but especially memorable was when participants in my wine-tasting
seminar turned into blue-cheese-with-sweet-wine believers.
Here is my column as it appeared in the December 8 issue of My City, a monthly magazine in the Abbotsford News.
Click here or on the image below to read the whole column, or scroll down to read it here on this blog.
Have you ever been to a Riedel glassware wine tasting? I was a guest at one in November while at Whistler’s Cornucopia and it was both fun and enlightening.
We tasted a number of Wagner Family wines from a variety of glasses and experienced how size and shape really do matter. In fact, it’s almost a Goldilocks type of situation where one glass is too big, another too small, and one is just right for the aromas and flavours to present their best.
Particularly surprising for me were two of the wines: Conundrum 2010 (~$25) and Meiomi Pinot Noir 2009 (~$25).
The Conundrum, a fruity, aromatic white wine blended from five grape varieties, had no aroma and was flat on the palate with one wrong glass and presented an almost-bitter aftertaste with another. In the right glass, however, the wine’s fruity, floral and spicy qualities came forward to delight both my nose and palate. This wine will pair well with spicy and fully flavoured Asian-inspired dishes.
The Meiomi Pinot Noir lost its classic Pinot Noir-ness, if you will, in the wrong glasses. In the right glass, however, cherries, red berries, vanilla, and earthy notes greeted my senses. While the oak on this wine is fairly prominent, it is tamed with the right food. Serve the Meiomi with slowly barbequed pork or grilled Portobello mushrooms stuffed with a savoury mixture that includes bacon or a salty, smoky sausage.
The Silver has bright, crisp citrus fruits and a focussed minerality (think of a summertime rain on the hot pavement) on both the nose and palate. It will be the perfect pal for the oysters on half-shell my son Steve and I will enjoy when he comes home for Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, and just so I haven’t left you wondering about what wine to serve with your turkey dinner, reach for one with good acidity and juicy fruit—Riesling, Pinot Noir or rosé will fit that bill.
Here is my most recent wine column, published September 15 in My City, a monthly lifestyle magazine in the Abbotsford News.
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I have to admit it. I used to be one of those ABCers—Anything But Chardonnay. But that was a long time ago, before my palate was introduced to some great Chardonnays from around the world. And yes, that includes several made in B.C. Read more.