Tag: viognier

A Few BC VQA Wine Picks from the Swirl Fall Wine Release 2022

Swirl Around BC Trade and Media Tasting Nov 2022

This was the first Swirl Around BC trade tasting since the COVID lockdown where you could actually walk around tables, talk to winery principals and have them pour their wines for you.  Earlier in the day, I attended the Masterclass…

A Few Wine Suggestions for Canadian Thanksgiving 2022

Traditional Thanksgiving

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…

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

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

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…

Let Me Tell You About the Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

2021 was a year of extreme weather conditions in BC, which had an impact on BC grapes and wine production.  Temperature records were shattered in many regions.  I’ve been told that Kelowna, Kamloops, Osoyoos, and Lillooet were among 60 cities…

Clay Amphora and Concrete Vessels Making Wine At Okanagan Crush Pad

Okanagan Crush Pad Narrative Syrah Viognier 2018 and Haywire Pinot Noir 2020

Clay and concrete vessels are two more historical materials that have been used to ferment grape must into wine. But both have been having a comeback in the last few years. I have two wines from Okanagan Crush Pad. The…

Two Blends from Frind Estate Winery You Can Try at VanWineFest 2022

Frind Estate Winery The Baronesse 2021 and Big Red 2020

Have you heard of Frind Estate Winery before?  They are one of the newer wineries, located in West Kelowna.  Eric Von Krosigk, their winemaker, comes with lots of great knowledge.  He is originally from Vernon. In 1983, Eric moved to…

2 Vegan-Friendly, Wild Ferment Wines from Yalumba in Australia

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2020 and Organic Shiraz 2019

Do you look for vegan wines? They are becoming more common. I have two vegan-friendly wines for you from Yalumba in Australia. I tasted their Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2019 and Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2020. Both are single varietal…