The Okanagan jigsaw puzzle 

A case of appellations, sub-appellations and single vineyards

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In the meantime, here's my case for attaching sub-appellation names to wines: 12 excellent wines, grown on specific sites throughout the Okanagan yet under the current VQA label laws, none are allowed to identify their true origin.

No matter, we added the source, just in case you want to know where your wine comes from.


Blue Mountain Chardonnay Reserve (Stripe Label) 2007, Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley $26

The BM chardonnay is more in the style of a premier cru Chablis with a bit more oak. Attractive style for food but it will age further. Solid value.

CedarCreek Estate Gewürztraminer 2009, East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley $18

Cool Northern Okanagan fruit is the base behind the floral, grapefruit, orange flavoured white. Fresh and juicy, its slightly sweet palate will tame a variety of spicy pan-Asian dishes.

Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc 2009, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley $17

Pinot Blanc is the signature label at Lake Breeze and this one owns "the Bench." The fruit is 100 per cent estate grown on the Naramata Bench and result is pure magic each year. Fantastic value.

Road 13 Home Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2009, Golden Mile, Okanagan Valley $20

Ripe somewhat sweet entry with candied pink grapefruit, red apple, honey, light lees, mineral, gooseberry and guava flavours. Good balance and intensity - Thai food, anyone?

Sandhill Pinot Gris King Family Vineyard 2009, Naramata Bench Okanagan Valley $18

The King family gris and its juicy persona, tropical fruit, fresh melon and green apple flavours are perfect for spicy wraps and or crab cakes.

Township 7 "7 Blanc" Pinot Gris - Gewürztraminer - Riesling 2009, Oliver, Okanagan Valley $19

7 - Blanc is an aromatic blend of Naramata pinot gris, gewürztraminer and a bit of muscat. Look for an off-dry palate mixing grapefruit, honey, mango and red apple. Classic style summer sipper you can pair with a variety of foods.

Twisted Tree Marsanne Roussanne 2009, Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley $22

Love the mineral, ginger, lemon, honey and nectarine flavours and the juicy, round finish. Impressive new B.C. white - take that, Rhone Valley!


Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2007, Black Sage Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley $35

The BOV franc has a bit of that Cheval Blanc mineral thing under its ripe, rich, spicy, earthy, black fruit. Just a whiff of local Oliver sagebrush pulls the entire wine together. Impressive.

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