Tag: Roussanne

Rhone Valley Vineyards' winemaker tour seminar

A Visit from Rhone Valley Vineyards Wine Makers to Vancouver

 mywinepal  November 29, 2023

Did you know that ten bottles of Rhone Valley wines are consumed every second?  Recently, Rhone Valley Vineyards‘ winemakers visited Vancouver to remind us that they are more than just Syrah and GSM blends.  They also produce white wines, rose wines, and sparkling wines.  I attended a lively presentation from five Rhone winemakers to cover their wines plus remind us…

Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs Mark International Women's Day

Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs Mark International Women’s Day

 mywinepal  February 23, 2023

March 8 is officially International Women’s Day.  The Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs in the south of France put out this press release to show what women are doing in all aspects of grape growing, wine production, and sales in their AOCs.  We too in BC have women working in our wine industry.  It is great…

Pinot Noir Dijon clone 667

Ripe Wine Grapes in the Okanagan

 mywinepal  October 12, 2022

As I was out in the Okanagan in September visiting a few wineries, I took a few pictures of different grape varieties. We all know the names of different grapes, but what do they look like? Did you know that ripe Pinot Gris skins are not yellow? As they mature they turn a pinkish brown and then purple colour. Below…

Traditional Thanksgiving

A Few Wine Suggestions for Canadian Thanksgiving 2022

 mywinepal  October 5, 2022

Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 10, 2022.  You may be making a list of ingredients to buy for your Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional / historical dinner with turkey or ham, brussel sprouts, yam, and mashed potatoes with gravy.  Or you may go other ways with roast beef, salmon, Beyond Meat, or other meat substitutes.  I like to think of…

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Viognier 2020, Stag's Hollow Winery Syrah 2020, and Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap 2020 wines

Old World Rhone Valley Grapes in the New World – 3 Examples

 mywinepal  September 17, 2022

Can you name the native grapes of the Rhone Valley?  There are the north and south ends of the valley and different varieties.  The main varieties of the north end are Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. The northern Rhone is cooler and the valley has steep hillsides while in the southern Rhone, the climate is more Mediterranean and the terrain…

Moon Curser Vineyards Roussanne Marsanne 2021 and Syrah 2020

Rhone Grapes Done Right by Moon Curser Vineyards in Ososyoos

 mywinepal  July 24, 2022

Today we are going on a journey tasting Rhone grape varieties; Syrah for red grapes, and Roussanne and Marsanne for white grape varieties. You may have heard of Syrah. BC Syrah is quite well-known for its quality, but Roussanne and Marsanne may be new to you. These two white grapes are grown in the northern Rhone region and are typically…

Christian showing stainless steel tanks with glycol jackets

A Winery Walk & Talk with Christian Scagnetti at Moon Curser Vineyards

 mywinepal  October 22, 2021

Grape harvest time is special.  There is the beauty of the ripe grapes and the leaves of the vines starting to change colours and the sights, sounds and smells of the grapes as they are sorted, crushed, and pumped to vat or barrel.  And the anticipation of making great wine from the grapes that the winery spent countless months and…

District Wine Village

Visiting District Wine Village in Oliver, BC – Part 1

 mywinepal  October 7, 2021

Have you heard about District Wine Village, which opened this summer in Oliver, BC?  It is unique in that a group of wineries, have their production facilities in the same location at the Village.  Many of them are smaller, new wineries, while there is one large, and one medium well-established winery that have production facilities offsite at their winery.  There…

Church & State Wines Roussanne and Viognier 2017

Church & State Wines Big Rhone White Wines

 mywinepal  September 18, 2020

Here are two more white Rhone Valley grape varieties that are made by Church & State Wines.  The Viognier and Roussanne grapes come from their Coyote Bowl and Bella vineyards in the south Okanagan.  The soils in these vineyards consist of sand and gravel.  How do these soil types affect wine’s aromas and flavours?  Sand gives fruitiness, elegance, less colour,…

Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand booklet

The Languedoc Masterclass with Gérard Bertrand at VanWineFest 2020

 mywinepal  March 3, 2020

My first Masterclass at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 was about the wines from the Languedoc region produced by Gérard Bertrand and moderated by Anthony Gismondi.  Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of the fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world and owns 16 estates with their unique terroirs in the region.  The Languedoc has, in general, had a poor…