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Cedar Creek Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve 2006

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: Canada-Okanagan Valley

Pungent when opened but opens beautifully after an hour or so. The colour is bright and slightly transparent (not unusual for a 2006!). This wine bursts with dark berry flavours and makes the mouth water. Although on the sweet side, this wine leave a tannic after-taste on the tongue.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Foch Platinum Series 2006

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Foch
Country: Canada-Okanagan Valley

This wine is practically an inky black, so black that there is hardly any fading at the edges of your glass. The wine is highly alcoholic, leaving a feeling that your tongue has been disinfected.

The taste, if you can get past the initial shock (say one hour in a decanter later) is slightly metallic but the berry flavours do manage to sneak through.

Cedar Creek Riesling 2008

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Riesling
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley, BC

One of the few bottles we carried back from our wedding, we savoured this gorgeous Riesling a couple of weeks ago on a hot evening.

This is a zesty wine that is fresh and aromatic. It has flavours of pineapple and green apple. Just lovely. This would go very well with a sweet and spicy dish, for example, Thai chilli chicken cashew stir fry with egg noodles.

Mt Boucherie – Pinot Noir

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2005
Type: Pinot Noir
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley

This bottle was a wedding gift from the Hotel that we stayed at. It’s a good wine, with nice colour and a decent bouquet (for a Pinot Noir). The flavour is a bit light in complexity for my palette, but it would be a good summer wine to enjoy.

Summerhill – Cipes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Sparkling Wine
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley

This sparkling wine will always occupy a special place in my heart because this was the bottle that my mother-in-law to-be, my mother and I toasted my wedding day too. My hair was in curlers and my make-up was half-way done, but the wine made me feel fabulous on the inside.

Never feel guilty for drinking bubbly on your wedding day – it creates special moments full of joy.

Now, onto the actual review: this wine was created by New York developer, Stephen Cipes, and it has been served to American and Russian presidents during visits to Canada. With that said, you know this is a serious bubbly that adds elegance to any event. The colour is lightly golden, the bubbles are frothy yet somehow creamy. It is a surprisingly complex bubbly, which helps the drinker to appreciate its festive nature. Highly recommended as an alternative to Champagne.

Summerhill – Cabernet Franc

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2004
Type: Cabernet Franc
Country: Canada – Okanagan

This wine was picked up in our March trip to the Okanagan Valley. Summerhill is one of the better know vineyards in the area and this Cabernet Franc is a good representation of their wine. Very good flavours of berry and blackcurrent with some woody bouquet and finish. Recommended.

Misson Hill Cabernet Merlot

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Cabernet Merlot
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley

Athene's Greek Restaurant (by eleanor_bueza)

We had this wine in Vancouver with some lamb at Athene’s Greek Restaurant (Kitsilano). I found it quite enjoyable with a good colour and excellent flavour. A full bodied wine that is very good with lamb!

More info here.

Summerhill Cipes Pinot Noir Brut

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Sparkling Wine – Pinot Noir Brut
Country: Canada – Okanagan Valley

Summerhill Winery 10 (by eleanor_bueza)

We had this wine to start a meal at the Summerhill Winery. I’m generally not a fan of sparking wine, especially the blush variety, but this stuff was quite good. Great for a celebration on a hot summer day. It is a bit hard to find outside of Canada though.

More info here.