Posted by DebbieThursday, July 5th, 2012
My heart beats a bit faster when I saw that the LCBO Vintages will have a few more wines British Columbia on their shelves this weekend. It is a rare occurrence & my tip to you is that they will quickly sell out! While we patiently await the Senate to put their seal of approval on the new Bill C-311 (to remove inter provincial trade barriers for wine making it easier for Canadians to buy & transport Canadian wines throughout Canada), here’s my wine shopping list of must buy wines this weekend.
Cheers & Enjoy!
Mt Boucherie Estate Collection Semillion VQA 2008, British Columbia
LCBO # 279364
Brothers Kal and Nirmal Gidda opened Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery & recently celebrated their tenth anniversary. They are a true family business success story! Located in West Kelowna's Lakeview Heights area, this winery is only a five minute drive from downtown Kelowna across the scenic Okanagan Lake floating bridge. Winemaker Jim Faulkner and his team, have grown Mt. Boucherie over the years to produce a total of 21 reds, whites and Icewines amounting to 25,000 cases!
Semillion is a rare grape variety in British Columbia vineyards, yet Jim has created a stunning wine. A Full bodied white wine with smooth texture & aromas of fresh apple tart with a shortbread crust, beeswax with some refreshing acidity. Smooth texture in the mouth with a full bodied nutmeg & white pepper finish that goes on forever. Serve with paella, blackened catfish, pan fried scallops or smoke salmon.
Blue Mountain Chardonnay VQA 2010, British Columbia
LCBO # 350108
Using only grapes grown on their property, the Mavety family has been growing grapes in the Okanagan for over 40 years – true pioneers! For the first 21 years, they supplied premium grapes to commercial wineries when finally the allure of producing quality wines inspired them to craft their own label in 1991. The family has not looked back since!
Today, on their 31-hectare estate, they make limited quantities of complex wines from noble varietals including Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay -- the same varietals found in the Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace regions of France.
This is a beautifully crafted wine made with Chardonnay grapes that half have been aged in oak while the other half was aged in stainless steel tanks. The result is a medium bodied white wine with a combo of buttered popcorn, warm spices & a zippy long finish. Reminds me of a dense pound cake or a flaky croissant. Easy drinking & round in the mouth. Each sips begs you to come back for more. This wine will go down too easily, so get two bottles & save yourself the disappointment when you reach the bottom of the bottle.
A great match for BBQed pork tenderloin or a heavy fish - tuna or swordfish steaks.
Malivoire Musqué Spritz VQA 2011, Ontario
Savvy Sommelier & founder, Debbie Trenholm’s interest in Malivoire began in 2001 while she was enrolled in the Queen’s University Executive MBA Program. Using this as an entrée to become involved in the wine industry, Malivoire was her first business consulting ‘gig’. This experience gave her an insight to Malivoire’s unique gravity pull winemaking technique (Malivoire was the first Niagara winery with this technique that has now been adopted by others), their dedication to organic grape growing and winemaking practices, as well as the fascinating people who make the impressive wines.
Over the years, Malivoire has been involved in several facets of The Savvy Grapes and Savvy Company. They were the featured winery in one of our first winemaker’s dinners, were one of the first to be showcased in the Savvy Selections and we continue to showcase their wines in our various events. And Debbie helped hand during their icewine harvest!
For Debbie, Musqué Spritz is always a sign that summer has arrived. This light bubbly fizzy wine with low alcohol (9%) is perfect for a picnic or Sunday brunch with refreshing floral aromas (think delicate sweet pea or daisy aromas) & bright lemon gelato tastes.
I recently met the winemaker at Emiliana and they have a wonderful story about the winery. All of the workers and their families live on the estate. Founded on being totally organic and nurturing a community, everyone takes care of the property, vineyard and the operations. They even have a bee colony that young & old is involved in caring for. Be on the look out for other organic & biodynamic wines in Vintages. And if you travel to Chile go & visit!
This BIG red wine is loaded with black fruit (think blackberries, figs & plums), vanilla & fresh ground black pepper. It’s begging for a steak or better yet fall of the bone ribs. At this price, there is no reason why not to buy a case!
Hickinbotham Shiraz/Cabernet 2009, Australia
Very VERY deep purple in colour & as smooth as velvet. This red wine is concentrated with tastes figs, cassis, black olives, tar & tobacco aromas. With one sip you can melt with the rich tastes of dark chocolate, black fruit & medium firm tannins. Where’s my steak mate?