In British Columbia’s wine world, the Okanagan is the acknowledged front runner.
However more and more wine watchers are paying attention to the wines, ciders and meads of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
It’s a different terroir from the hotter Okanagan but that doesn’t mean they can’t grow crisp, thoughtful wines.
The ongoing dialogue within the wineries has always been..what does the land want to give us?
Which varietal? That’s one of the questions I asked during these interviews.
Gathering this group is like herding cats BUT one guy knows them all..that’s because Rich Massey represents all of them.
He asked each and every label to show up at Edible Canada on Granville Island and pour their products.
Rich did the rest, getting the word out to fans, media and the trade.
The room was jumping..everybody had something special in the room they had to taste. Bodies moving like a night club.
And in limps yours truly, microphone in hand. I was able to slow down the following people long enough to get their comments..
Averill Creek www.avrillcreek.ca
Sea Cider www.seacider.ca
Venturi Schulze www.Venturischulze.com
Blue Grouse www.bluegrouse.ca
Mistaken Identity Salt Spring Island www.MIV.ca
Cherry Point www.cherrypointestatewines.com
Tugwell Creek www.tugwellcreekfarm.com
Garry Oaks Salt Spring Island www.garryoaks.com
Benjamin Bridge – Nova Scotia
Stratus and CB Wines – Niagara, Ont.
I wouldn’t have missed this tasting for anything .
First..a vineyard I’m very familiar with as I visited them during their early years with Jason Priestley for Year Two of Hollywood and Vines TV.
Its Benjamin Bridge in the beautiful Gaspereau Valley outside Halifax Nova Scotia.
Here’s the whole story as written by Beppi in The Globe and Mail from Sept 2011. It’s just such a great success story, saddened by the passing of owner Gerry McConnell’s wife Dara.
Our guests are:
Ashley McConnell-Gordon – Dara and Gerry’s Daughter and in charge of Marketing
Jean-Benoit Deslauriers – Winemaker
We’re tasting and talking about their Brut , Reserve Brut, Brut Rose, Tidal Bay and Nova 7, a huge success story.
and our last guest is one of Ontario’s most respected winemakers… Charles Baker.
He’s responsible for the outstanding wines at Stratus in Niagara and his own label cb Wines.
Stratus is widely respected for their Riesling made from various vineyards in and around the Niagara Escarpment.
Surprises come with their Chardonnay, Stratus white, a strong Can Franc and their popular Stratus.
His own Charles Baker Riesling is memorable. Great flavours and finish.
Both vineyards have committed to placing their wines all across Canada. It’s a big task.
Both wineries are well worth your time..watch for them!!
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Chateau Pesquie from the Ventoux, Southern Rhone
Rioja shows up in BC wine stores, so we talk Spanish wines with The Diva
Celebrate Malbec Day
Tuscany revisited by The Wine Diva