Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc 2014

Robin Ridge 2014 Cabernet Franc Robin Ridge is a small winery owned by Tim and Carolyn Cotrill  on Middle Bench Road just outside of the town of Keremeos, BC in the Similkameen Valley. They are known for bold tasting wines, red, white, and rosé and have a following for their Gamay and Pinot Noir, both …

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Larch Hills Siegerrebe 2014

Larch Hills Winery Siegerrebe 2014 Now owned by Jack and Hazel Manser, Larch Hills Winery is close to Salmon Arm, BC and is situated on a stunning ridge that faces due south, staring straight down the barrel of what appears to be an extension of the northern Okanagan Valley. Their portfolio of wines is centred around …

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Vertical Party – Nota Bene 05-12

These are the bottles from my Nota Bene vertical tasting this past weekend. I'm happy to report that there were no corked bottles and that everything was showing brilliantly. As my regular readers will know, I hate writing (and reading) wine reviews but I was asked a few times on twitter if there were any …

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Golden Mile, Indeed

A wonderful customer at the wine shop I work at in Vancouver popped in to let me try his Golden Mile Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir. He had recently purchased a Pinot Noir vertical from Road 13 that included wines from their previous Golden Mile Cellars label. This particular is definitely at its peak and should …

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Love this wine…

I know, it's a little bit of a broken record for me. I've already mentioned this wine before but it still stands out and it did again recently. Why aren't there more wines like this in the Okanagan? It has a little spice. It has tons of fruit. It is beautifully balanced - vibrant acidity, moderate alcohol, …

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At 17: Ode to a Lang Icewine

In light of the recent activities at Holman-Lang, my thoughts turned to the past when I was recently treated to a taste of the golden age of Naramata's Lang Vineyards. And let me tell you, it was absolutely golden in every way. I don't usually do tasting notes here because I find them pretty boring to …

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Pinot Gris 2008 from Gray Monk

Ok, if you're going to name your winery after a slang term for a grape, that winery better produce a great version of wine from that particular grape. That's what Gray Monk has done again and again and this year is no exception. Gray Monk has been around for quite a long time (by BC …

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Zweigelt 2008 from Kalala Organic Estate

There hasn't been a wine review in a while and this one caught my palate this afternoon, so here goes. Kalala Organic Estate Winery's Zweigelt 2007 did great things including winning a medal at the Northwest Wine Summit last spring. I remember it being quite bold and spicy, like a pinot noir with attitude. Their recent Zweigelt '08 …

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Okanagan Fall Winefest 2009

Hello all, and thank you for a great wine festival! It's a special time of year when the leaves turn, and the fruit on the vine is coming in! The wineries are just get gearing up for a busy harvest with the cool weather coming sooner than expected..... most of the grapes are being processed …

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Old Vines Foch 2007 from Quail’s Gate Estate Winery

So I was a little more than excited when I first saw the new vintage of the foch arrive from Quail's Gate recently. It has a complex nose - sage, tar, black liquorice and red cherries - quite complex and a refreshing change from some of the simpler wines that we had been tasting earlier that week.