I love British Columbia wines, known as BC wines. I treasure being able to visit the vineyards and talk to the people that participates in the wine production. Being able to realistically be certain that the wine I am purchasing is locally grown, crafted and sold with transparency and honesty is very important for me.
About BC Wines
BC VQA wines are earning stripes of approval both nationally and internationally. With unique qualities, sustainable craftsman philosophies and a special trustworthiness for the consumers (sometimes the phone get picked up by the winemakers themselves!), there is a fresh, almost adventurous feeling about a bottle of BC wine that mark a special place among international wines.
The unique natures of BC wines are a combination of soil variants, region specific climates, and the dynamic interactions between the grape growers and winemakers. As a relatively young wine region in the international stage, BC wine is known for being crafted from grapes that are balanced and with complex, exceptional flavours.
In support of #buyBCwine, here are two of my recent discoveries I would like to share with fellow wine lovers.
Oak Bay Vineyard
The vineyards of St Hubertus and Oak Bay are some of the oldest in the Okanagan Valley. It was first planted in 1928 by J.W. Hughes.
In 1984 Leo Gebert, originally from Switzerland, came to the Okanagan to start a winery. Since 1984 the Gebert Family has used sustainable & since 2017 PACS “Canadian Organic Standards” (transitional status) farming practices on their 76 acre vineyard. In 1991 the Gebert brothers started producing their own wines. Today the winery produces on average 14,000 cases of wine annually. All wines created by St Hubertus and Oak Bay are made with estate grown grapes and crafted and bottled on site in keeping with the traditions of an estate winery.
Oak Bay Vineyard Gamay Noir 2014
East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Winner of BC Wine Award of the Platinum Honor, this is a red wine with intense black cherry, peppery, mineral aromas with very light, dry tannins.
Tasting Review by Anthony Gismondi (wine critic, wine columnist at The Vancouver Sun):
“Lightly smoky notes open this lighter-bodied, darker-fruited gamay noir, one that flows with silky dark cherries, ripe dark plum, forest berries and cracked pepper. ….. Quite charming.”
For full review by Mr. Anthony Gismondi please visit: http://www.gismondionwine.com/tasting-notes/201704/oak-bay-vineyard-gamay-noir-2014/
Please visit Oak Bay Vineyard‘s website for more info on their selection of wines.
With Mr. Marcus Ansems MW at the helm of Daydreamer Wines, each wine is the result of the extensive expertise, environmental sustainable philosophies and hardworking experiences of a true wine enthusiast. Marcus is the 5th Master of Wine in Canada and the only University qualified winemaker/viticulturist MW in the country, winning the Villa Maria Viticulture award and the Errazuriz Wine Business award for the best performance in the Master of Wine Examinations.
All of Daydreamer’s grapes are grown using sustainable farming practices with no systemic chemicals in Vineyard. All of their wines are vegan friendly as they are made without animal products or by-products.
Daydreamer Amelia 2016 (90% Syrah 10% Viognier)
Naramata, Okanagan–Similkameen, British Columbia, Canada
A balanced blend with opening taste of berries, herbs and a touch of oak, follow by a stronger smoke, charred wood and even some chocolate and or plum. Medium Tannins.
For tasting review notes: https://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-540404-0001-daydreamer-amelia-okanagan-valley-canada
Please visit Daydreamer Wines‘ website for a selection of their wines.
With special thanks to Broadway International Wine Shop in Vancouver BC for their knowledge and expertise in helping us choosing the wines to taste for.
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