Some Canadian Wines to Try on Canada Day

Canada flagCanada Day is around the corner.  With your day off, I hope you will have a chance to celbrate our country with family and friends.  If you are having a get together, here are a few Canadian wines that you may want to try.  I’ve tasted these wines since January this year, so you should be able to find them in your favourite BC Liquor store or wine shop.  Enjoy!

Spierhead Pinot Gris 2013 (BC $19.90)

I tried their 2012 last year and noted how much I enjoyed it, with it’s range of flavours from citrus to tropical fruit to apples.  It won a Gold Medal at Okanagan Wine Festival – 2013 B.C. Wine Awards and other awards as well.  Their 2013 was pale to medium lemon with a tint of green in the glass.  On the nose I picked up Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples, together with melons and a hint of vanilla.  With some airing, lemon and grapefuit aromas also became apparent.  It’s dry with medium plus acidity, with an acidic prickle that dances on your tongue.  Medium plus body, round mouth feel, some creamy lees, a hint of honey, and stone fruits, pears, lemons and Red Delicious apple flavours.  Again with a bit of air, I also picked up lychee.  Quite a mouthful of flavours.  Mouth watering finish.  This wine really tastes like fresh fruit to me.  A very nice example of BC Pinot Gris.  With halibut season underway, I would love to try this wine with a griled halibut steak, nugget potatoes, and salad.

Le Vieux Pin Petit Sigma Blanc 2012 ($17)

Why Petit?  Petit wines from France are the second labels of famous wineries.  In some vintages a winery may determine that some grapes did not reach the quality needed for their top tier wine, so the grapes go into their second tier wine.  An example of this second tier is Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux.  This Petit wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Erhenfelser.  The wine had waxy, lemony, and grapefruit aromas with a hint of flowers.  It was dry with medium plus acidity and some viscosity in the mouth.  I picked up some light tropical fruit that was underlain with full citrus flavours, particularly lemon, but also a hint of lime.  There was also some pear and apple in the background.  Steely on the palate.  Peppery and mouth watering on the finish with some grapefruit rind flavour.  A good wine for your summer, in a screw cap, so meant to be enjoyed now.

Painted Rock Syrah 2011

Very nice nose. A mix of black cherry and very ripe raspberry, with some vanilla in the back. Medium plus body, dry with bright purple fruit, cassis and blueberry flavours, together with vanilla. Silky tannins from start to end leaving you with a soft finish and mouth watering acidity.  Across the tongue you get a salty minerality which was quite interesting to me.  I also did pick up some leafiness on the finish.  A very enjoyable wine.

Bartier Scholefield Red 2011

My last wine, the B.S Red 2011 is a blend of mostly Merlot, with lesser amounts of Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Gamay Noir. This wine was noticeably dark to opaque ruby in the glass. Lots of sweet, purple fruit aromas, along with raspberries, plums, vanilla and a hint of chocolate.  Quite enjoyable to nose.  Wow, lots of layers of juicy fruits on the palate.  Ripe raspberries, red cherries, red and black fruit, and plums.  I also picked up vanilla, sweet spices, and milk chocolate flavours.  This wine has medium body and is soft and silky, coating your mouth.  The juicy fruit flavours were dragging my tastebuds all over the place.  The tannins were not too strong, but there was enough to support the fruit.  On my second day of tasting I noted aromas of violets, and a hint of blueberries on the palate.  An outstanding wine expressing an exuberance of youth in my opinion.  I might try this with some bbq’d baby back ribs.

Which States Are Friendliest to Wine Consumers?

With the discussions of shipping wine between our provinces being a hot topic among wine people here in Canada, I was interested to read this short press release about the state of shipping wine between states in the USA.  As with us, some states are more open than others.  Here is the press release and link to the full report.

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American Wine Consumer Coalition(Washington, DC)—If you’re a wine consumer, it’s best to avoid living in states like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, and Delaware.

These are just a few of the states that received an “F” in a new report from the American Wine Consumer Coalition (AWCC) grading states on the consumer friendliness of local wine laws. Seven states and the District of Columbia received an A+.

Consuming Concerns: The 2013 State-By State Report Card on Consumer Access to Wine” looked at various criteria to determine which states treat their wine consumers best. The report can be downloaded from the AWCC website, at http://www.wineconsumers.org/news-and-info/research/

“Eighty years after the end of Prohibition, consumers in numerous states still live under archaic laws that disregard their interests,” said David White, president of the AWCC. “These laws harm consumers and enrich special-interest groups.”

The AWCC’s report considered the direct shipment of wine from out-of-state wineries and retailers; supermarket wine sales; Sunday wine sales; “bring your own bottle” laws; and state control of the sale and/or distribution of wine.

Some highlights from the report:

  • 36 states ban the shipment of wines from out-of-state retailers, thus prohibiting citizens from accessing many imported wines and joining most wine clubs.
  • 11 states ban the shipment of all wines, domestic and imported, from other states.
  • 17 states ban supermarket wine sales.
  • 15 states prohibit restaurants from encouraging patrons to “bring your own bottle.”
  • Two states, Pennsylvania and Utah, control the sale and distribution of wine.

“Too many states are failing their citizens by enforcing arbitrary laws that benefit special interests at the expense of consumers,” said White. “Fortunately, there are several states — those that received an A+ — where consumers can conveniently access the wines they want. These states can and should serve as examples for those that are failing.”

About the American Wine Consumer Coalition

The American Wine Consumer Coalition (AWCC) is the only national advocacy group that works to advance the interests of America’s wine consumers. Member funded, the AWCC provides a voice for wine consumers, representing them in front of lawmakers, the media, and the trade. The group also provides its members with benefits to help them pursue their love of wine. For more information, visitwww.wineconsumers.org.

InterVin International Wine Awards – White Wines

Do you like Canadian wines?  Need some ideas for new ones to try? Presented by the founders of Vines Magazine, the InterVin International Wine Awards is designed to recognize and celebrate the very best wines available to Canadian consumers. Wines from around the world can be found here, but many of the wines are of Canadian origin.  Let’s celebrate that.

Here are the latest Silver Award winners from the 2011 InterVin International Wine Awards in the white wine category.  I hope you find a few that you know, and a few that you are interested to try. Enjoy!

White Wines

Chardonnay

  • Calona Vineyards 2010 Artist Series Chardonnay Canada
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay Canada
  • Flat Rock Cellars 2009 The Rusty Shed Chardonnay Canada
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2009 Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay Canada
  • Les Vins Georges Duboeuf 2009 Hob Nob Chardonnay France
  • Red Rooster Winery 2010 Chardonnay Canada
  • Rosewood Estates Winery 2009 Natural Fermentation Reserve Chardonnay Canada
  • Rosehall Run Vineyards 2009 Rosehall Vineyard Chardonnay Canada
  • See Ya Later Ranch 2009 Chardonnay Canada
  • Stoney Ridge Estate Winery 2010 Charlotte’s Chardonnay Canada

Riesling

  • 2027 Cellars 2009 Featherstone Vineyard Riesling Canada
  • Angels Gate Winery 2009 Süssreserve Riesling Canada
  • Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Riesling Canada
  • Fielding Estate Winery 2010 Riesling Canada
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2008 Riesling Canada
  • Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Steel Post Vineyard Riesling Canada
  • Thirty Bench Wine Makers 2010 Small Lot Triangle Vineyard Riesling Canada

Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris

  • Barefoot Winery NV Pinot Grigio United States
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery 2010 Pinot Gris Canada
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery 2010 Rare Vintage Pinot Gris Canada
  • Fielding Estate Winery 2010 Rock Pile Pinot Gris Canada
  • Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2010 Pinot Grigio Canada
  • Montevina Wines 2010 Pinot Grigio United States
  • Peller Estates Okanagan 2010 Family Series Pinot Gris Canada
  • Peller Estates Okanagan 2010 Private Reserve Pinot Gris Canada
  • Stoney Ridge Estate Winery 2010 Excellence Pinot Gris Canada
    Whitehaven Wines 2009 Pinot Gris New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc

  • Beringer 2008 Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc United States
  • Creekside Estate Winery 2009 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Canada
  • Legends Estates Winery 2010 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Canada
  • Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery 2009 Vintners Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Canada
  • Sandhill Wines 2010 Sandhill Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Canada
  • Villa Maria Estate Winery 2010 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand

Other Whites

  • Azienda Agricola Torre Varano 2009 Falanghina Italy
  • Creekside Estate Winery 2009 Reserve Viognier Canada
  • Featherstone Winery 2010 Gewürztraminer Canada
  • Limnos Wines 2010 Muscat of Alexandria Greece
  • Mission Hill Family Estate 2010 Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc Canada
  • Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 2010 Chenin Blanc Canada
  • Sandhill Wines 2010 Sandhill Estate Vineyard Pinot Blanc Canada
  • Vignoble Le Cep d’Argent NV Le Mistral Canada
  • Wild Goose Vineyards 2010 Mystic River Vineyard Pinot Blanc Canada

Other White Blend

  • Creekside Estate Winery 2009 Laura’s White Canada
  • Legends Estates Winery 2010 Diva Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc Canada
  • Southbrook Vineyards 2010 Connect White Canada
  • Therapy Vineyards 2010 Alter Ego Canada

I’ll publish the Red Wine Silver Award winners soon.

Canadian Thanksgiving – Have You Picked Your Wine?

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of BenFranske

It’s very easy to get busy with work and family this time of the year.  And Thanksgiving comes knocking on the door early October for us Canadians.  While the BC and ON winemakers are busy harvesting their grapes and making new and exciting wines for our Thanksgiving 2012, let’s look at a few red and white wines that you may want to have with your roast turkey or ham this year.

Wine Pairings for Roast Turkey

Roast turkey can be quite rich in flavour, plus gravy adding extra flavour.  You need a wine that can stand up on it’s own and complement the roasted flavours. A lightly oaked Chardonnay is one choice, an aromatic Viognier, or if you prefer red, a juicy Merlot or a Pinot Noir. A few that I’ve tasted over the past year:

  • Spierhead Chardonnay

    Spierhead Winery Chardonnay 2010 (Canada). Here is another of BC’s newest wineries. Spierhead is located in South East Kelowna, near Tantalus. Their chardonnay is creamy with lots of vanilla and tropical fruit aromas and flavours.  Enjoy juicy fruit flavours in your mouth with medium acidity to keep it refreshing.

  • Mount Baker Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate 2009 (US$24). Light cherry colour in the glass. Violets, light spice and strawberry aromas.  Light body with raspberry, strawberry, and a hint of cedar and vanilla.  Low tannins and smooth on the palate. Nice.
  • M. Chapoutier Invitare, Condrieu, 2009 (France). Invitare is made from 100% Viognier. The Condrieu appellation where the grapes are from only produces wine from Viognier.  No red wines in Condrieu. 30% of this wine is aged in oak barrels.  The wine also goes through a malolactic fermentation (MLF) to give it more roundness.  Deep golden in the glass with a very fruity nose of oranges and honey. Round, medium body with cinnamon and orange flavours.  Medium minus acidity.  Round in the mouth, thanks to the MLF. A bit of spice on the finish.  An excellent wine, but drink it young, no longer than 3 years of aging potential.
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Perpetua 2008 (BC). This is 100% Chardonnay from a blend of 3 Chardonnay clones: 2 Dijon and 1 Loire. A portion of the wine is fermented in French oak and left sur lies for 10 months. Pale lemon with a green tint in the glass.  Flower and lemon on the nose. Medium body with vanilla, pineapple flavours.  Medium acidity. A very well balanced wine.  This is a chardonnay that everyone should try.
  • La Stella Allegretto 2008 (BC). This is 100% Merlot grown from their Stag vineyard in Osoyoos.  Deep purple in the glass.  Lots of raspberry, cherry and vanilla on the nose.  Full body with mocha, cherry and vanilla flavour, and a hint of raspberry.  Medium tannins with a long finish.

Wine Pairings for Roast Ham

Roast ham is also quite full flavoured.  It has some sweetness to it, and can have other flavours such as some smokiness, depending on how it’s prepared. Riesling is a nice pairing with ham; think Alsatian food.  I think a Pinot Noir would also be nice with ham.

  • Schloss Reinhartshausen Prinz VVN Preussen Rielsing Off-Dry 2009 (Germany). I really enjoyed this wine.  Light lemon colour in the glass. Light flowery nose.  Good acidity with lime flavour and streak of minerality.
  • Kim Crawford Small Parcel “The-Rise-and-Shine” Creek Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007 (New Zealand) ($34.99). Central Otago, is inland in the South Island.  The cooler climate allows these grapes have a long hang time and smaller berries, which gives a higher skin to pulp ratio, and more intense, riper, fruit flavours.  Medium purple in the glass with ripe purple fruit and vanilla aromas.  Ripe fruit, cassis, plums and vanilla on the palate.  Medium body and medium length.  Very nice.
  • Kalala Organic Estate Winery Riesling 2008 (BC). Medium lemon colour in the glass. Nice petrol and apple aromas. Dry with apple, lemon, petrol flavours and a bit of spice on the finish.
  • Vina Santa Rita Medalla Real Pinot Noir 2008 (Chile). Santa Rita is a premium producer from Chile.  I really enjoy their wines, and spent time visiting them in Chile. Their Medalla Real Pinot Noir is coloured light purple in the glass.  Ripe cassis aromas. Round mouth feel, light boded with an abundance of cassis flavour.  Low tannins.

I hope some of these suggestions help you make your Thanksgiving memorable. Cheers!

Juno Beach and the Canadian Experience in WWII

Earlier on my European trip I visited the Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge WWI memorial sites.  It was quite an eye opening experience of trench warfare.

The main WWII war site for Canada was at Juno Beach in Normandy.  This was a water-based assault on fortified German positions.  The Germans had concrete bunkers approximately 200m apart along the beach, plus numerous obstacles placed in the water to make it hard for the allies boats to land, plus difficult for the soldiers to make it to the shore.

Seeing the beach now, you can only see a few bunkers, which are slowly sinking into the beach sand to be forgotten. I was reminded of the the poor weather that the soldiers went through on D-Day.  June 5, 1944 was the original date but the weather was too poor to sail across, so June 6 was selected.  It was also a poor weather day, as it was when I stood on the beach looking up and down the beach.  A sudden downpour of rain and high wind drenched you quickly, then cleared just as fast.

WWII pyramid obstacles

Our tour guide showed us some of the concrete obstacles placed in the low tide area of Juno beach.  They looked like pyramids with no interior, just the edges, and placed on top, a landmine.  As the tide would rise, any allied ship coming into shore could hit a landmine and sink.  At low tide, the boats would land further out, and then when the allies ran to shore, they would have no shelter from the crossfire of German machine guns from the adjacent bunkers.  These pyramid barriers, being hollow, did not provide any hiding place for the allies.  They had to keep running to shore.  They could not stop until they died, were captured, they destroyed a bunker, or captured the German soldiers.

Getting through the water to the shore was hazardous too for our Canadian soldiers who had several pounds of gear on their back.  The water was churning and as they jumped out of the boat, the gear could bog them down and drown.  Those who made it, had to be lucky to not be hit by the machine gun cross fire… I am amazed that we were successful. And I am immensely grateful!

Canada Juno Beach WWII Memorial. Notice the Inukshuk?

Beside Juno Beach is a war memorial that has been put together originally by Canadian veterans from WWII.  They collect donations from around the world to build and maintain this memorial.  They do not want us to forget the war.  There is an ongoing donation program.  For EURO 200, you can get a “brick” with your name on it, to show your support for the memorial. 

I appreciated being greeted by a Canadian University student on his & her summer holidays getting experience and learning more about Canada’s contribution to WWII. The memorial building is sheathed in titanium which shines in the sun, and can withstand the wind, rain, and salt water that thrashes against the Normandy coast.  Inside you learn about how Canada joined the war, things we did both at home, and in the UK.  But equally as interesting is part of the site is built to let people know “who are Canadians”.  As such, there is a room with vignettes of different people across Canada, from First Nations people, Ukrainians, Chilean, Spanish, etc and how they integrate into Canadian society.  So maybe people will learn that we are more than lumberjacks living in a snow-covered country. 

If you have a chance to travel to Normandy, take time to visit Juno Beach and the memorial site, and learn about our past, before it sinks into the sands of time.  Lest we forget.

Here is a link for more info about D-Day.

A link to my WWI memorial visit.

A Wonderful Portfolio Tasting With Mark Anthony Wine Merchants

Today I was fortunate to taste a range of wines around the world that are represented in BC by Mark Anthony Wine Merchants. There was red, wine, sparkling, rose, and fortified wines.

The wineries and countries that were available for tasting were:
– Canada: Artisan Wine Company, Mission Hill Family Estate
– Australia: Yalumba, Tyrrell’s, Vasse Felix
– South Africa: Obikwa
– New Zealand: Man O’War, Twin Islands, Pewsey Vale
– France: Maison Louis Latour, Henry Fessy, Simonnet Febvre, Lanson, Lucien Albrecht
– Italy: Antinori, Tenuta Sant’ Antonio, Col De Salici
– Germany: Gunderloch, Deinhard, Henkell
– Austria: Huber
– California: Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Terlato
– Washington: Long Shadows
– Chile: Santa Rita, Terra Andina
– Argentina: Dona Paula
– Spain & Portugal: Vega Sicilia, Manyana, Graham’s

With the sheer amount of wineries, and wines, it would be a short novel if I were to cover all the wines that I tasted. So I’ll give you my picks from this evening:

Brotte Vacqueyras “Bouvencourt” 2006 (France) $28.99. This is a Grenache / Syrah blend. Medium garnet with a bit of bricking. Caramel, and cherry on the nose.  Medium body and tannins. Caramel, apple, raspberry and cherry flavours.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Domaine Barville” 2004 (France) $31.48. A Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre blend.  Medium garnet with some bricking in the glass. Light cherry aromas.  Very nice flavours of red ripe cherries and vanilla. Medium body with smooth tannins.

Louis Latour Marsannay Pinot Noir 2007 (France) $29.99. Light garnet in colour.  Lively raspberry fruit nose.  Oak, cherry, raspberry and currant flavours. Medium length.

Antinori Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2007 (Italy) $34.99.  A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot and Syrah.  Opaque garnet with a black core in the glass. Pencil lead and black cherry nose.  Pencil lead, black ripe fruit, capsicum, and cherry flavours.  Smooth mouthfeel with medium tannins and medium length on the palate.

Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 (Italy) $46.99. Chianti for those that do not know is made with the Sangiovese grape. This wine was dark garnet in colour.  Oak, cassis, and cherry nose. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel.  Medium acidity and tannins with ripe black cherry flavour.

Monti Garbi Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2008 (Italy) $30.00.  Many Valpolicella are made from the grape varieties Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. This wine is made with Corvina, Corvinone,  Rondinella, Croatina, and Oseleta.  This is one of my favourite wines of this tasting. Medium garnet in colour.  Nice aromas of cherries, caramel and a hint of spice.  Licorice and red cherries with spice on the palate.  Medium body / tannins,  smooth on the palate with medium length.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Pinot Noir 2008 (Chile) $19.99.  Santa Rita is one of my favorite wineries from Chile.  They have a range of very nice wines.  Wine & Spirits Magazine has awarded Santa Rita the Winery of the Year Award for 2010.  This is the first year I believe for this particular wine.  Medium garnet in colour. Juicy strawberry nose.  Lots of strawberry, raspberry and spice flavours with a bit of flowers and oranges too.  Lots of flavours happening in the glass.  Medium body.

Twin Islands Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 (New Zealand) $39.99. New Zealand is well-known for their pinot noir wines.  This wine comes from the Marlborough region, which is also well known for Sauvignon Blanc.  This wine is light cherry in colour.  Nice raspberry nose. Medium body with low tannins.  Some minerality, red cherry and smokiness on the palate.

Vasse Felix Shiraz 2005 (Australia) $39.99.  Opaque garnet in colour.  Ripe, juicy black cherry nose.  Minerality, ripe black cherries, and a bit of spice.  The flavour of this wine keeps building it the more you keep aerating the wine in your mouth.  Very smooth.  A “wow” wine.

There were many more wines that could be listed.  I will be posting my tasting notes for all the wines I tried later on www.MyWinePal.com.  I hope you have a chance to purchase and try some of these wines that I recommended. Cheers.

Le Mondial du Pinot Noir – 2009

Le Mondial du Pinot Noir is a yearly competition strictly for the Pinot Noir varietal. 2009 was the 12th year of the competition. The competition is held and hosted by Switzerland. Wineries from around the world are invited to compete.

I did not know that Switzerland produced many Pinot Noir wines, but I guess this is in part to these wines not reaching British Columbia. The Pinot Noirs of western Switzerland and Neuchatel, I have read are of good quality.

This past year the Mondial du Pinot Noir set a new record for participation, with 1,144 wines being tasted. Switzerland, being the host country, offered 60% of the Pinot Noir wines for tasting. Germany was represented by 140 wines and France with more than 100. Other countries participating also included Hungary, Austria, Australia, Argentina – for a total of 24 countries. 50 judges from Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Luxemburg, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Spain, Greece and Lebanon tasted and graded the wines. The event was organized in accordance with regulations set down by the Paris-based governmental body the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

The big winners, taking the Grande Médaille d’Or, are a Spanish Pinot Noir from the cellar Cortijo Los Aguillares in Ronda and a Valais Pinot Gris from Cave de la Madeleine (André Fontannaz in Vétroz). Of the 95 Or (gold) medals, 30 were awarded to wineries outside of Switzerland with 17 medals to Germany. I was amazed to read that a Spanish Pinot Noir won the Grande Medaille d’Or as you typically don’t think of Spain as a powerhouse for Pinot Noir. I now have a wine on my “to find and try” list for 2010!

Before going into more of the prizes, how did Canada do? We did win two prizes:
Arrowleaf Cellars, Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Noir 2007 won a Bronze Medal,
Mission Hill Family Estate, Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 also won a
Bronze Medal.
Congratulations to Arrowleaf Cellars and Mission Hill Family Estate!

Some of the major prizes awarded are as follows:
World Champion of Pinot Noir Producers
Offered by the Fondation l’Homme et le Vin, Chamoson
Urs Pircher
Eglisau Zürich

Univerre Pro Uva prize, Sierre
Weingut Thomas Marugg
Blauburgunder Barrique 2007, Fläsch, Grisons (Blauburgunder is a German word for Pinot Noir.)

Millésimes Anciens (older vintages) prize
Offered by Nestlé Waters
Schlossgut Hohenbeilstein, Beilstein, Allemagne
Spätburgunder Auslese Trocken 2003, Württemberg (Spatburgunder also is a German word for Pinot Noir.)

Bourgogne Aujourd’hui prize
Décerné par la revue Bourgogne Aujourd’hui

Domaine de la Vougeraie
Nuits-Saint-Georges, France

Domaine Anne Parent
Pommard, France

Vinofed prize
Given by the Fédération Mondiale des Grands Concours Internationaux de Vins et de Spiritueux
Weingut Kuhnle, Weinstadt, Allemagne
Pinot Noir Barrique 2006, Qualitätswein Württemberg

Découverte (discovery) prize
Given by la Ville de Sierre
André Fontannaz, Cave la Madeleine, Vétroz, Valais
Malvoisie flétrie sur souche 2008, AOC Valais

A new prize was offered for 2009 at the Mondial du Pinot Noir called the “Producers of Pinot Noir World Champion“. For this special category the judges test three consecutive vintages, all more recent than 1995, which the producer has selected. The inaugural winner of this award was Urs Pircher from Eglisau Zürich.

If you are planning on being in Switzerland on August 20-22, 2010, maybe drop in on the 13th Le Mondial du Pinot Noir?

(Mondail is French for World if you were wondering). Enjoy!