Free Event – Enjoy when German Wines meet Asian Cuisine May 9

Vancouver is blessed with a wide range of Asian cuisine, but what kind of wines do you pair with these dishes?  Have you tried German wine?  The BC Liquor stores want to help you find the wines to match the food, and have a free consumer event for you on Saturday May, 9 at the Cambie Signature liquor store.  Details are below.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May, 2015. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, including a sparkling Riesling and a Dornfelder Pinot Noir. Customers can pick up their complimentary recipe booklet at all participating stores and a FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion featuring the Asian foods of Vancouver’s own Stephen Wong – wine writer and chef extraordinaire.

The promotion showcases a wide assortment of Germans wines, giving consumers an opportunity to learn about the diversity of the German wine offering and how well they pair with Asian cuisines. A brochure has been developed which will be on display in all 60 participating stores, offering food pairing suggestions for the participating wines, along with four excellent Asian recipes; Pakoras, California Sushi Roll, Seafood Laksa and Szechuan Pork.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 9, 2015, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with gourmet Chinese foods, hand-crafted by Chef (and acclaimed wine writer) Stephen Wong. Accredited Sommeliers will present the wines on rotation throughout the event, paired with the following Asian Appetizers:

  • Pork Potstickers with mildly spicy soy vinegar dip
  • BBQ Duck Roll with cucumber jicama & carrots with orange hoisin

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen) Vancouver, BC
Saturday, May 9, 2015
3 – 6 pm
German wines are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

Featured Wines

  1. LINGENFELDER RIESLING

    LINGENFELDER RIESLING

    DR. LOOSEN SPARKLING RIESLING 158501 $ 16.79

  2. HEITLINGER ‘SMOOTH LEAF’ PINOT BLANC 223487 $ 15.69
  3. BREE RIESLING 210807 $ 14.39
  4. CLEAN SLATE RIESLING 160127 $ 13.49
  5. LANDLUST RIESLING 509430 $ 12.99
  6. SELBACH RIESLING 23242 $ 15.69
  7. GUNDERLOCH FRITZ RIESLING 320135 $ 15.69
  8. LINGENFELDER RIESLING 568634 $ 18.49
  9. DR. VON BASSERMANN JORDAN RIESLING 547489 $ 25.29
  10. DR. PAULY BERGWEILER RIESLING 141218 $ 17.69
  11. ST. URBANS HOF RIESLING 597997 $ 21.79
  12. BLACK TOWER DORNFELDER PINOT NOIR 580118 $ 10.29

Free Dim Sum Paired with Wines of Germany Through BCLDB

German wines and asian flavours

German wines and asian flavours

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10th and
Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May!  Check out these exciting free consumer events pairing Chinese Dim Sum with German wines!  Press release below.

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Vancouver, BC – German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines. A FREE consumer event will kick-off the promotion, doling out delectable dim sum with Deutsches wien.

What could be more delicious than a crisp, refreshing German Riesling to balance with traditional Chinese Dim Sum flavours? This is what Wines of Germany had in mind when they announced their sponsorship of a month-long thematic within 60 BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of May. German wine Portfolio Manager Barbara Philip selected the 12 wines that will participate in the promotion and local sommelier Mireille Sauvé developed, in conjunction with Wines of Germany, a detailed brochure which will be distributed free of charge at all participating locations. The brochure offers professional tasting notes to guide consumers to their preferred wine style, as well as detailed food pairing suggestions which showcase exclusively the cuisines of Asian regions.

At the consumer event on Saturday, May 10, 2014, consumers can try samples, at no charge, of all 12 featured German wines paired with authentic Chinese dim sum from Vancouver’s Chinatown eatery, Floata Seafood Restaurant. Steamer baskets will be stacked high, filled with Ha gow and sui mai, which visitors can try with all 12 featured wines, presented by accredited Sommeliers on rotation throughout the event. Details for the event are as follow:

FREE CONSUMER EVENT

Cambie and 39th Signature BC Liquor Store (Cambie Kitchen)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Wines of Germany are generally heralded as great food friendly wines. This is a very bold statement, but most sommeliers and other food and wine professionals will agree. British Columbia, being the multi-ethnic province that it is, hosts a wide array of cuisines that virtually reach out for German wines. The not-really secret here is the variety in styles (dry to sweet, sparkling or still), grape varieties (Riesling and Pinot Noir, to name the top ones of either white or red) and the distinct levels of richness (light to full, to honey-like) plus, based on the cooler climate, the wines generally have a good amount of acidity (considered vital for a great food wine) and lower levels of alcohol than warmer climate peers.

“If you don’t love German wines, you just have not yet found the right one for you.”
Visit BC Liquor Stores this April to find your Perfect Pairings.

A Taste of Apothic White at District 319

Apothic White and Red wines

Apothic White and Red wines

It was an interesting evening with wine, masks, and ballet dancers flitting about the darkened District 319 nightclub; A DJ spinning tracks, and a screen showing live tweets of the event (#ApothicBC). All this to introduce the release of the Californian Apothic White wine.

What is Apothic White?

It’s a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato. From the wine articles I read about happenings in the USA, off-dry wines, and Moscato wines are becoming very popular. So this wine, the Apothic White, should find a great audience. Medium lemon colour. Sweet, honey, flowers and citrus aromas. Off dry, medium body, quite round.   Stone fruit, peaches and tropical fruit flavours with cinnamon coming up on the mid palate. Softer acidity, making the wine feel heavier and more full bodied in your mouth. Probably a summer patio sipper, or for those people who prefer a softer, sweeter style white wine.  The wine is priced at $16.99.  I tried this wine with the various appetizers and I thought it went best with the cured sausages.  The fat of the sausage married well with the flavours and weight of the wine. It also paired with some of the hard cheeses.

For those that prefer red wines, there is also an Apothic Red, released last year, which is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot (at $15.99).

Enjoy the pictures of the event and the videos of the ballet dancers.

A glass of Apothic White to start the evening

A glass of Apothic White to start the evening

Listening to the announcement about Apothic White

Listening to the announcement about Apothic White

Some sweet treats to enjoy

Some sweet treats to enjoy

The Clubhouse Restaurant at Riverway Golf Course Burnaby

Trio of candied salmon smoked Albacore tuna and proscuitto

I’ve read good things about the food at The Clubhouse Restaurant at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby so decided to enjoy dinner there. Their wine list is currently all BC wines. I selected a glass of See Ya Later Ranch Riesling. I like this wine. You can’t go wrong with it. Light body, citrusy, off-dry. To this wine I paired an appetizer, which was a trio of candied salmon, smoked albacore tuna, and prosciutto. Smoky and or sweet dishes do well with Riesling.

Mahi Mahi with spinach salad

My main course was lightly grilled Mahi Mahi served with a spinach salad, and some grilled vegetables. The Mahi Mahi was not overcooked, so was nice and moist. The Mahi Mahi was served with a light cheesy cream sauce. One thing I would have liked was a bit of starch either from a fingerling potato or some rice to go with this dish. Otherwise the dish was very well done, and again the light citrusy Riesling was a nice pairing for the fish. Lightly grilled fish, with cream sauce, is nice with a citrus flavoured wine.

The view of the golf course is nice, even though it was cloudy and rainy. I think that it would be very nice in the summer. I will return.

A Pinot Lover’s Dinner with Amity Vineyards

A last minute Tweet to me, asking if I’d like to try some Oregon Pinots, was all I needed to get me to Raincity Grill to try the wines of Amity Vineyards paired with expertly crafted entrees. Our pinot passionate speaker was Myron Redford, President & Senior Winemaker of Amity Vineyards.

Myron Redford of Amity Vineyards

Myron was originally from Seattle and was trained in wine making.  He travelled to Europe and was introduced to Pinot Noir. In 1974 a winery in Oregon was available for sale.  With the help of his mother, $15,000 secured his ownership of what is now Amity Vineyards. The vines were not originally Pinot Noir or Pinot Blanc, but would be over time.  Myron was one of the people on a review board analyzing various clones of Pinot Noir and how they thrived and the type of wines they produced in Oregon. With this knowledge, he selected those clones that would show pinots potential in Oregon, and at his winery.

Our first pairing for the evening was House Cured Wild Sockeye Salmon, barigoule vegetable salad with Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc 2008. The Pinot Blanc was bright in the glass of a medium lemon colour. Red delicious apple with some citrus aromas. Medium body, dry on the palate but with a roundness to it.  More red delicious apple and lemon flavours.   High acidity and a bit of sweet spice.  This was a nice pairing with the lower acidity of the salad being complemented by the higher acidity of the wine.

Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008 with Thiessen Farms Quail Terrine

The second pairing was Thiessen Farms Quail Terrine (bacon wrapped country-style terrine, house-made brioche and cranberry compote) with Amity Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008. This pinot was deep ruby in colour.  Nice nose.  Light cherry, raspberry, violets and vanilla aromas. Medium body. Round with spice, cherries, and violets flavours up front and nice acidity, followed by vanilla on the mid-palate. Long length. This is one of Amity’s larger quantities of Pinot Noir, with 4000 cases produced. The grapes come from 7 different vineyards. The grapes are kept separate when picked and are fermented and aged separately.  Finally these separate wines are blended to produce the final wine. The terrine was exquisite with the smokiness of the bacon and the savoriness of the terrine complementing the acidity and violet aromas and flavours of this wine.

Our third pairing was Nicola Valley Bison Flat Iron with plum jus, ‘helmers’ fondant potatoes, hazelnuts, and green beans with Amity Vineyards Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir 2007. This wine is the top wine from Amity Vineyards.  Barrel selected from the best barrels to drink in the future. This wine is not meant to be consumed yet.  Full enjoyment comes with patience; 10 years if possible. The 2007 vintage has just been released and for the first time has 40% new oak. Past vintages used older, more neutral barrels for aging. This wine truly was a step above of the previous wine.  Deep ruby red in colour.  Violet, vanilla, and raspberries on the nose.  Later on in the glass you picked up some strawberry leaf and smokiness. Lots of vanilla and vanilla up front. Hot and spicy mid-palate.  Dry with tannins and astringency now, which should fade with aging. Medium length.  Round with light body and soft tannins. Protein loves tannins in red wine, and the dark gaminess of the bison paired nicely with this Pinot Noir, making both a bit softer.

Amity Vineyards Pinots and Riesling lineup

Our final pairing was dessert.  Honey roasted apricot tart tatin with thyme ice cream paired with Amity Vineyards Late Harvest Estate Riesling 2007. This wine was made with botrytis affected grapes, which imparts a honey or marmalade flavour to the wine. This wine was light pear coloured.  Petrol, peaches, and honey aromas.  Good acidity on the palate with peaches, honey and petrol flavours.  Medium body with long length.  A tasty wine. The apricots in the tart tatin were very flavourful with the acidity of the late harvest Riesling adding additional lively complexity to this dessert.

You should be able to find the Amity Vineyards wines in the private liquor stores in Vancouver. Enjoy.

A Tailgate Party, Grilled Pork, & Wine for the Canucks Game!

This weekend I experienced pork nirvana. Pork sausages, ground pork, and bacon cooked several ways on the BBQ by an expert BBQ chef. This experience happened as I attended a class at Well Seasoned in Langley on how to BBQ for a Tailgate Party. Our instructor is Head Cook Andy Groneman, a 14-time Grand Champion and winner of over 150 BBQ awards including:

  • 2010 Jack Daniels World Invitational – World Pork Champion
  • 2009 National Champion—Chest to Chest Brisket Invitational
  • 2009 New York “Empire State” Grand Champion
  • 2009 KCBS – Team of the Year -5th place
  • 2008—Reserve Grand Champion—American Royal
  • 12x Grand Champion and winner of hundreds of BBQ awards

What is a tailgate party?

From Wikipedia, “In the United States, a tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. This is done in order for people to loosen up and have fun before entering the event and also to avoid paying stadium prices for alcohol and food… Tailgate parties usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. People attending such a party are said to be tailgating. Many people participate even if their vehicles do not have tailgates. Also, many people don’t even go into the game and just go to the tailgate to party…Popular tailgate party foods include picnic staples such as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and cold salads like coleslaw or potato salad” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailgate_party)

Andy’s creative culinary skills brought tailgate cuisine to a higher level.

What did Andy teach us to BBQ?

  • Smoked nuts (no pork in this one)
  • Beer Bathed Brats
  • Pig Candy
  • Smoked Sausage Fatties
  • Atomic Buffalo Turds (It doesn’t sound nice but does taste good)

A nice way to start off any party is with some assorted nuts.  The smoked nuts in this case were almonds and pecans covered with a honey/apple/soy sauce and sprinkled with a BBQ rub of your choice.  Cooking this in the BBQ adds a nice smoky flavour to the nuts and the mix of sweet and a bit of spice enhances the nuttiness. I’d suggest a fino sherry or maybe a sparkling wine, such as a Spanish Cava.

Pig Candy is bacon that is coated in a mixture of brown sugar and cayenne/chipotle powder, then slowly cooked on the grill so that the sugar caramelizes, making a very addictive treat. Again sweetness with a hit of spice mixed with the smokiness of the bacon, plus the crunchiness from being on the grill. There are a few ways to pair wine with this. The first is to go with a Sauvignon Blanc which has high acidity, to cut through the fattiness of the pork.  Another pairing could be to embrace the smokiness and pick a Fume Blanc (that is an oak barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc). If you prefer red wine, maybe a chilled Gamay or a Pinot Noir would be nice. Both have higher acidity and lower tannins, which should complement the sugar and fattiness of the pig candy.

Smoked Sausage Fatties are thick ground pork sausage rolls (maybe 10cm across) that are seasoned inside and outside with BBQ rub, then slowly grilled and at the end coated with a BBQ sauce. The rolls are cut into thick slices, and can be served with a salad.  This could be a main course dish of your tailgate party.  For this dish, I suggest going with an Alsatian-style Riesling or a Pinot Noir from BC or New Zealand.

Sausages on the grill are always nice.  We enjoyed beer bathed brats.  In this instance Heineken beer was used along with various herbs and spices to make a hot bath into which the sausages were placed in the BBQ.  The sausages are taken out later and grilled before serving with fried onions on a bun, or by itself with some mustard. We had traditional bratwursts and as well one made with wild boar, which had a darker colour and more meatier taste.  This was very nice with the herb flavour infused into the sausages.  Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc all would work here.

Finishing off our evening cooking class was the atomic buffalo turds. This is made from jalapeno chiles cut lengthwise to make a “boat”.  Seeds were removed to make it less spicy.  A filling of cream and shredded cheese, crumbled cooked sausage filled each boat, then each was wrapped in a slice of bacon and then grilled.  It was quite spicy, smoky and creamy.  I think a Riesling here would be needed to cool the heat, or maybe a very fruity pinot gris.  If you are adventurous, try a pinotage!

Well Seasoned has a wide range of BBQ supplies; spices, rubs, and marinades which I have had hard time finding elsewhere.  Langley is a bit out of the way if you live in Vancouver, but it is not that far to go once you get onto the highway, plus you can then go and visit some of our Fraser Valley wineries!

Here is the link to Smoke On Wheels if you would like to read more about Andy and what he has to offer.  Also, a link to Well Seasoned cooking classes.  Enjoy with your Canucks or BC Lions tailgate party!

Celebrating Mardi Gras Food with Wine!

Mardi Gras is coming up on March 8. What food and wine will you be serving? I took a trip to New Orleans, the Big Easy, just before Hurricane Katrina. It was an amazing food experience. Lots of rich and delicious food.

For Mardi Gras, there are some well loved dishes.  I was thinking to tell you about some of them, and then offer some wine pairing suggestions.  And maybe get invited to a few Mardi Gras parties!

What are some Mardi Gras dishes?

Courtesy Epicurious.com

  • Oysters Bienville
  • Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
  • Gumbo

The Oysters Bienville dish on the half shell cooked with butter and egg and of course oysters is quite a rich dish.  A riesling or maybe an unoaked chardonnay may pair nicely with this.  For a riesling maybe try a Tantalus Vineyards Riesling from the Okanagan, BC or a Pikes Traditionale Clare Valley Riesling from Australia. For unoaked chardonnay, you could pick a La Chablisienne Chablis from France or Township 7 unoaked chardonnay from Okanagan, BC.

The Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya will be a spicy dish with a tomato based sauce.  A wine with good fruit and low tannins would pair well.  Maybe a grenache or a zinfandel.  On the grenache side, I really like the Sorrento Dry Grown Grenache 2008, McLaren Vale, Australia.  I just tried it last month and it is wonderful, lots of red fruit flavours.  Nice raspberry and toffee on the nose and on the palate. If you prefer a garnacha from Spain, try the Las Rocas Garnacha. For a zinfandel Kenwood Vineyards Yulupa Old Vine Zinfandel 2007 or Ravenswood Vintners Blend Zinfandel 2006.

What is gumbo?  Gumbo is a roux-based stew made with andouille sausage, cubes of beef, crab and shrimp. Again this will be spicy.  A New World pinot noir could match well.  From last years Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Fair, I can recommend the Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2007 and the Woollaston Estates Tussock Nelson Pinot Noir 2007. My wine reviews for these 2 wines are here.  If you want a BC Pinot Noir, try the Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir?  One of my reliable pinots in BC!

In case you don’t have a recipe for these dishes, I’ve added the links for you.
Jambalaya

Oysters Bienville

Gumbo

Enjoy these dishes from the Big Easy and these wines from around the world!

BC Cabernet Sauvignon for Summer Sips

Well I’ve talked about Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Riesling. This blog is on BC Cabernet Sauvignon wine for the summer. Sometime you want a big red wine, with good tannic structure to complement some serious barbecuing in your backyard or patio. Cabernet Sauvignon is known as the king of the red grapes, although some may say Syrah should share that crown. Cabernet Sauvignon typically has black currant and dark fruit aromas. It can also have other interesting aromas of cedar, violets, leather, or cigar box. The tannic backbone of this varietal helps it age gracefully in the bottle and bring out the nuances in aroma and flavour profiles.

Checking the www.EverythingWine.ca website for BC Cabs in the $15-$25 range I came up with:

Church & State Wines Cabernet Blanc 750mL Cabernet Sauvignon $23.99 More information about Church & State Wines Cabernet Blanc 750mL
Inniskillin Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon Osoyoos 750 mL Cabernet Sauvignon $16.99 More information about Inniskillin Okanagan  Cabernet Sauvignon Osoyoos 750 mL
Jackson-Triggs Proprietors’ Edition VQA Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Cabernet Sauvignon $16.99 More information about Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Edition VQA Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
J-Triggs Proprietors Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Cabernet Sauvignon $17.99 More information about J-Triggs Proprietors Select Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
Mission Hill 2003 Reserve Bin 88 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99 More information about Mission Hill 2003 Reserve  Bin 88 Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99 More information about Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 88 750ml Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99 More information about Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 88 750ml
Sonora Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 L Cabernet Sauvignon $17.99 More information about Sonora Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 L
Sumac Ridge Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Cabernet Sauvignon $22.99 More information about Sumac Ridge Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

In general, Cabernet Sauvignon wines command a greater price than other varietals, due to their full body, their ageability, and cachet. I was happy to get 9 BC Cabs showing up in the $15-$25 price range. I’ve had the Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon many times over the years. It is a solid wine and sure to please. I recently visited the Sumac Ridge winery and sampled their Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. A nice full bodied Cab.

With the hot weather we are now having in BC, now might be the time to try some of these wines. Enjoy!

BC Riesling for Summer Sips

So far, I’ve covered BC Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir for summer sips. Another varietal you may want to consider is Riesling. Riesling can be made in a bone dry, citrusy style, through to a very luscious sweet ice wine. I think that there will be some style of riesling that would fit your taste.

Checking again on the www.EverythingWine.ca website, I’ve come up with the following wines in the $15-$25 range (you can click on the links and go to the EverythingWine.ca website to see how many bottles are in stock):

8th Generation Dry Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about 8th Generation  Dry Riesling 750ml
8th Generation Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about 8th Generation  Riesling 750ml
Cedar Creek Riesling 750ml Riesling $21.99 More information about Cedar Creek Riesling 750ml
Dirty Laundry Riesling 750ml Riesling $21.99 More information about Dirty Laundry Riesling 750ml
Kalala Organic Estate Winery Riesling 750 mL Riesling $20.99 More information about Kalala Organic Estate Winery Riesling 750 mL
Lang Vineyards Farm Winery Reserve Riesling 750ml Riesling $19.99 More information about Lang Vineyards Farm Winery Reserve Riesling 750ml
Larch Hills Riesling 750ml Riesling $19.99 More information about Larch Hills  Riesling 750ml
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 750 mL Riesling $18.99 More information about Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 750 mL
Pentage Riesling Riesling 750 mL Riesling $24.99 More information about Pentage Riesling Riesling 750 mL
Pillitteri Estate Riesling Icewine 200ml Riesling $24.99 More information about Pillitteri Estate Riesling Icewine 200ml
Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling 750ml Riesling $16.99 More information about Quails' Gate  Dry Riesling 750ml
Red Rooster Riesling 750 mL Riesling $15.99 More information about Red Rooster Riesling 750 mL
Road 13 VIneyards Riesling 750 mL Riesling $23.99 More information about Road 13 VIneyards Riesling 750 mL
See Ya Later Ranch Unleashed Riesling 750 mL Riesling $15.99 More information about See Ya Later Ranch  Unleashed  Riesling 750 mL
See Ya Later Ranch Riesling 750 mL Riesling $16.99 More information about See Ya Later Ranch Riesling 750 mL
St. Hubertus Riesling 750ml Riesling $15.99 More information about St. Hubertus  Riesling 750ml
Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling 750ml Riesling $24.99 More information about Wild Goose  Stoney Slope Riesling 750ml
Wild Goose Vineyards God’s Mountain Riesling 750 mL Riesling $24.99 More information about Wild Goose Vineyards  God's Mountain Riesling 750 mL

From a check of past notes, I have tried some of these wines. My notes are as follows:

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Riesling, 2008. Pale lemon colour. Green apple aroma and crisp apple flavour. Tart. Refreshing.

Kalala Organic Estate Winery, 2008. Crisp acidity, pineapple and apple aromas with a hint of petrol. (It won a Gold at the 2010 New World Int’l Wine Competition in California, a Silver in the 2010 Concours mondial de Bruxelles, and a Bronze at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit.)

Kettle Valley Winery Riesling 2008, has a bit of residual sugar with some apple, flower and citrus aromas, and apple with a bit of petrol flavours.

Cheers!

A Tale of Two Rieslings

This is actually a tale of one Riesling, but tasted two different times, and the differences in my tasting notes. In 2007 or 2008 I purchased two bottles of Pierre Sparr’s Altenbourg Riesling 2003 vintage (Alsace, France), and cellared these bottles till I opened one on April 26, 2009 (good thing I have a tasting note book I keep). At that time the wine would have had 6 years of aging. I noted that it was medium lemon/straw in colour. The bouquet and flavours were of oak, apple and honey. I noted that it felt low in acid and quite round in the mouth.

Now forward to June 10, 2010, a little over a year from the last tasting. Has the wine changed much since my April 26, 2009 tasting? There was some change in bouquet and flavour. On the bouquet, I had the honey and oak, but did not detect apple. Instead I wrote aromas of lemon, flowers, honey, and light petrol. On the palate I did not detect the apple flavour, but did get honey, oak, lemon and petrol. I also had the acidity higher and remarked that it was refreshing. So things can change in a bottle quite quickly.

FYI, petrol is an aroma and flavour that comes with the aging of the riesling varietal in the bottle. Sometimes you get it within 2-3 years (I’ve had that with some Australian rieslings), but usually it takes a bit longer. In Australia, I have been told, the preference is not to call the aroma/flavour “petrol” as to them it has a negative connotation. Instead, the preferred term is “hot buttered toast“. Either way it makes the riesling wine more interesting and complex.

I hope you have a note book and write down your wine observations, then check back occasionally as I do to see if you find something interesting to you, and maybe to tell others.

Enjoy!