Rinse out your favourite wine glasses and get the Tylenol ready: it’s Festival time.
It’s the biggest festival in North American to happen during harvest, and this year that couldn’t be more fitting. Our Okanagan wineries are a little behind when it comes to bringing in the bounty, albeit through no fault of their own. And with the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival mere days away from kick-off, you’ll be able to spot the winemakers at festival events – they’ll be the ones with purple fingers.
I’m SO excited for the Festival this season, for a few reasons. I get to spend some quality time with my fella, which is always high on the priority list; it’s a great excuse to drink for a living – a definite bonus; and hundreds of wineries have stuff going on that involves a) wine and b) food. It’s all very hedonistic, and I love every bit of it.
One of the super sweet things about the Fall festival is the¬†release of new wines. Watch for¬†a killer new vintage of 2Bench Red from Tinhorn Creek (released October 1). I had the priviledge of an advance tasting¬†with winemaker Sandra Oldfield, and the 2009 will be a great one to tuck away for a few years – if you can. Big and robust, this has a¬†strong backbone¬†which will not only help it¬†keep through several winters sleeps, but will also help it develop into something wonderful. Over-delivering at the price point. Get it.
Also, ’tis the season for some of our warm-you-up-during-the-cold-weather¬†wines. Things like fortified¬†and sparkling¬†wines are heavy hitters for fall and winter.¬†Our BC winemakers have some of that up their sleeves. Check out places like La Frenz and Granite Creek for their port-style offerings (not sure if they’ve got new stuff on the horizon, but I’m checking into it and will let you know). In bubble, there’s the always popular Summerhill, that delicious Sparkling Chenin Blanc from Road 13 Vineyards (if there’s any left) and Gray Monk’s Brut offerings.
Watch for Fall festival new wine release information here – I’ll update the blog with new release info as quick as I can. Make sure to get more than one bottle of the wine you love. I learned my lesson the hard way. The Cab Sauv that La Frenz released this summer? I missed the boat, and am kicking myself to this day.
Grab a glass, round up your friends and enjoy what the season has to offer. Un*wine*d with something yummy – and let us know what it was. We like to hear about those things. Otherwise, it looks like I’m doing all the drinking around here.