Naramata Bench Wineries Spring Wine Release
The Royal BC Museum organizing committee and volunteers made the evening such a success. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about the art of wine from this unique and highly-regarded terroir in BC’s Okanagan Valley. The foodies were well taken care of with fabulous food provided by local restaurants such as Little Jumbo, Aura, Vista 18 and others.Whether you are a fan of white or red or sparkling the Naramata Bench region has something to offer for everyone. Here are a few recommendations, and the following wines can be found at selected private stores.
MORAINE – PINK MOUNTAIN ROSÉ
Our name was inspired by B.C.’s very own natural Pink Mountain anomaly, created by the fireweed which blooms during the spring and summer months. Pink Mountain is a Malbec and Merlot blend, hosting a plethora of fruity aromas including; raspberry, ripe strawberry, plums and a hint of rhubarb. This wine is surprisingly versatile with food pairings, enjoy with barbeque pork, burgers and pasta dishes.
MORAINE – VIOGNIER
The grapes were whole bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel to capture the minerality, which lingers well after the mouthful is finished. Offer notes of orange blossom, honeydew, and apricots as you dive into this wine, then finish off crisp and dry.
THERAPY – FIZZIO THERAPY BLANC
Therapy Vineyards lies deep in the heart of the beautiful Naramata Bench. Crafting unique, award winning wines since 2005, Therapy Vineyards is devoted to producing wines that truly represent the best of the Okanagan Valley. They say everyone needs a little therapy once in a while. We couldn’t agree more.This delightful fizzante is made from chardonnay and Orange-Muscat. This is a perfect wine for Mother’s Day brunch.
LA FRENZ – VIOGNIER
This Rhone grape varietal has quickly soared to popularity in North America. Viognier is an intriguing varietal that is reluctant to show its best unless fully ripened. This well made Viognier shows richness and a medley of intriguing tropical fruits overlaid with hints of orange blossom. The palate is rich, ripe, and lingering with just a touch of sweetness.
BLACK WIDOW – OASIS
A blend of Schonburger, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris. Tropical fruit and floral aromas from the component varieties, leading to a flavourful well balanced, off-dry palate. Great for entertaining or pairing with Asian cuisine. Favourite Blush Wine AT People’s Choice Medal by WineART.
TERRA VISTA – FANDANGO
This is blend of two white grape varieties, Albarino and Verdejo. The only wine of these grapes produced in Canada! The wine is complex, yet has delicate aromas of crushed herbs mingled with scents of early summer pear, peach and melon. Freshness reigns over the palate with energy and balanced tension that lasts well after the last drop. It is worth searching for their Viognier wine.
LAKE BREEZE – MERITAGE
A blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, this wine has great structure and ripe berry flavours. Incredible value for the age-worthy Meritage. A rich, full red with delicious berry fruit aromas & flavours. At the dinner table, you can count on this wine to delight evryone.
October, a season of fruitfulness. Deciding when to pick the grapes can be a nail-biting time. For high quality wine, great amount of good may come from leaving the grapes on the vine for just that week or so longer than your neighbour winery. If the weather holds, not only more sweetness but also more concentration of flavour may result. If the aim is to produce an everyday wine with fruity taste then it is probably not worth the extra anxiety involved in waiting for the ultimate picking time. Keeping the grape-pickers standing by can be a costly business and they may work with another winery on just that day or the communal grape-picking machine is in use somewhere else. Few wineries can afford the luxury of their own machine-harvester. A day’s delay, a thunderstorm and… no quality wine to sell at a higher price to pay the bills.
The family owned vineyard with all the wine produced on the spot is fast becoming harder to find. Thousands of grape growers are opting to concentrate on viticulture and leave the vinification (wine making) to someone else. Those family ventures which do thrive are based on enormously hard work, passion for the industry, and a devotion to modern methods for maximum quality and hopefully sales. Often behind the old cellars and barns there are likely a computer and modern equipment to help keep ahead of the competition. Such is the state of family ventures of a sufficient size to sell to restaurants and retail stores. Many are smaller family winery which tends to aim for self-sufficient rather than for big profit, producing enough wine to meet the family’s needs and the goods they need.
During the fall season, many wineries stay open on weekends. Organize a friend get-together wine tasting.