Excited crush at the tasting booths (See Ya Later Ranch in the foreground)
I just got home exhausted and exhilarated from my first full day at the wine fest. The whole tasting room was buzzing with energy and excitement all afternoon. Now, the winefest is always exciting, but this one is special because the focus is on BC wines, with a full two thirds of the tasting room devoted to BC wineries.
Here are some highlights of my day:
Mr. and Mrs. Gidda, proprietors of Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
Mt. Boucherie has been one of my favourite wineries for several years now. I think they do their reds especially well. Today I tasted their Blaufrankisch and I was stunned by it! As always, I can't manage to take tasting notes under pressure in a crowded tasting scenario, but this was had great intensity and spiciness. I'll be looking for this wine again, most definitely.
Me mashing Georg Riedel, the King of Crystal
I got to meet charming Mr. Georg Riedel of Riedel Glass. He was so sweet and formal that I just had to get all Canadian mushy on him. Who wouldn't get mushy on the man responsible for all this wonderful glassware?
Riedel Glasses display
I also met Wade Stark, charming winemaker from Prospect Winery, who looks exactly like my first boyfriend. I managed to restrain myself from kissing him (at least for today).
Bo Concept provided furniture for a great chill-out area in the far end of the room. Having a comfy lounge area to retreat to is just so great. Good idea, folks!
Patti from Okanagan Wine Tours
I met lovely Patti Tetreau from Okanagan Wine Tours. Patti knows everyone!! She didn't come out from behind her booth, or I probably would have kissed her too.
Anne at Les Vins d'Alsace
Anne was one of the team manning the booths at Les Vins d'Alsace, which is promoting the pairing of Alsace wines with Asian food. You can put this pairing to the test at their booths, where they're offering a little tasting plate of sushi and pakoras to taste with the wines. It works! Good pairing!
When you check out their booth, do try the Cremant d'Alsace, a lovely rosé sparkler.
Bradley Cooper and friend!
I just had a brief drive-by wave with Bradley Cooper, intrepid winemaker at Township 7 and Black Cloud, who is BC's most Web 2.0 connected winemaker!
Great wine discoveries of the day:
- Mt. Boucherie Blaufrankisch (as mentioned above)
- From Jackson Triggs, a brand new, just bottled, behind-the-counter Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Viognier with incredible flavour and elevating energy from Brooke Blair, J-T's red wine winemaker. (Which reminds me, I have to ask Brooke what happened to J-T's excellent Pinot Noir, which has disappeared from their lineup in recent years.)
- Also behind-the-counter from Jackson Triggs, a sparkler just into the bottle for its second fermentation, with wonderful fresh apple and earthy scents. Great potential here. Looking forward to seeing it in about 18 months.
- Not a new discovery for me, but do check out Brad Cooper's Black Cloud Pinot Noir at the Township 7 booth (and the wonderful Township 7 wines too, especially their Merlot).
- I also got to taste a Pinot Gris from Prospect that was just bottled on Wednesday! Tasty!
- Finally, from La Frenz, a stunning Tawny Port!
P.S. For more Winefest info, see Tiny Bites' Winefest Anthology!