Tag: Upper Bench Estate Winery

Kalala Organic Estate Winery Zweigelt 2018 with wine in glass

Zweigelt: Another Lesser Known Red Wine Gem in BC

 mywinepal  June 3, 2024  0 Comments on Zweigelt: Another Lesser Known Red Wine Gem in BC

Zweigelt is a red grape that while not as obscure as the Blaufränkisch grape I wrote about earlier, is still relatively unknown in BC.  Only 0.7% of red grapes grown in BC are from Zweigelt.  This is a versatile and vibrant red grape variety, that is a cornerstone of Austrian viticulture. Named after its creator, Dr. Fritz Zweigelt, this grape…

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The 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

 mywinepal  April 19, 2023

It’s time for our BC wines to be recognized by our peers.  The results from the 2023 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards have been announced. Here is the press release.  Pick up the bottles that won as soon as possible as they will sell out soon! ~~~ (KELOWNA, BC) – April 18, 2023: On April 3 through 5, 2023,…

Upper Bench Estate Winery Yard Wine 2018

Quick Review: Upper Bench Estate Winery Yard Wine 2018

 mywinepal  December 17, 2021

Would you like a bold BC red wine to go with your roast beef dinner this December? Then Upper Bench’s Yard Wine 2018 will fit the bill. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Let me tell you about it. My Wine Tasting Notes Upper Bench Estate Winery Yard Wine 2018 (BC $33) The wine was fermented using…

Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Quick Review: Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

 mywinepal  October 21, 2021

I checked the 7-day weather forecast for Vancouver, and it is RAIN every day. So time for me to open a big red wine. In this case, I opened the Upper Bench Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. It is 4 years old already and has many years left in it. This wine does have 5% Merlot in the blend to…

Upper Bench Estate Winery Estate Grown Merlot 2017 and Merlot 2018

Comparing Upper Bench Estate Winery Merlot 2017 and 2018

 mywinepal  September 14, 2021

It is fun when you have a chance to try two vintages of the same wine. In this case, I tasted the Upper Bench Estate Winery Estate Grown Merlot 2017 and their Merlot 2018. Both coming from the Naramata Bench.  I assume the 2018 grapes are sourced from other vineyards, outside of those owned by Upper Bench due to the…

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Staying Home with Naramata Wines

 mywinepal  March 27, 2020

Are you getting low on your BC wine supply at home?  I think most BC wineries are offering online shopping and delivery of their wines to you.  I was reminded of this by the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.  There is everything you may want here; big bold reds, delicate Pinot Noir, aromatic whites, and cheese! Yes, one winery here also…

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A Selection of BC Wine Gems from BC VQA 2019 Spring Wine Release

 mywinepal  April 26, 2019

Riesling, Pinot Gris and Viognier were prominent in this BC VQA Spring wine release tasting.  It is not surprising as white wine releases are more common in the Spring while more red wines are released in the Fall.  Viognier though I think made a bigger showing this year than in past years, and showed well.  Lots of fruit flavour and…

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5 BC VQA Wines for Easter

 mywinepal  April 19, 2019

It is the Easter weekend for many people around the world, and besides the religious celebrations, enjoying meals with family and friends is also a big part.  The BC VQA Spring wine release kicked off this week, but the wines may not yet be at your local bottle shop or BC Liquor Store.  Here are 5 BC VQA wines that…

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Everything You Wanted to Know About BC Pinot Noir

 mywinepal  November 28, 2016

My journey is complete. After many emails, printing of tasting note sheets, receiving deliveries of BC Pinot Noir, writing tasting notes, locating BC Pinot Noir vineyards, correlating BC Pinot Noir wines with soil and with latitude using a GIS, and making a cool interactive BC Pinot Noir map is complete. But maybe it is also the start of a new…