purchase zenegra canadian By Anthony Gismondi
Canada Day is nearly on us and as we reflect on our 148th birthday, it only seems fair we take stock of the current state of the British Columbia wine.
While the modern birth of local wine came only seven years after the first official celebrations of Canada Day in 1990, our propensity for understatement, our inherent politeness and our deferential marketing style, vis a vis the rest of the wine world, has come and gone over the last quarter-century. In short, we are ready to move to a bigger stage a full 25 years since a handful of pioneers first embraced the concept of 100-per-cent made in B.C. wine that would become known as Vintners Quality Alliance or VQA wines.
There are a still few final bits and pieces to the international wine puzzle yet to fall into place but the time and those moves are near at hand. As we close in on 300 wineries, we have the critical mass and the momentum to make a move to jumpstart the next generation of B.C. wine.
As you read this Ia��m in Niagara Falls at the Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada surrounded by 1,430 wines, a record number of indigenous wines in one place. It should be a watermark week for Canadian wine. Meanwhile in B.C., hundreds, maybe thousands, of highly engaged wine drinkers are commenting on the future of wine appellations in the province.
An industry body was struck this year to take a look at the regulations governing the origin and authenticity of B.C.-grown grapes and the wine made from it and, in an unprecedented move, members of the panel have asked the public to become involved. You can comment on the notion of appellation as it relates to the origin and authenticity of our wines at http://bcwinetaskgroup.ca/survey/. If you interest is piqued, be sure you respond to the survey by July 3.
On a more micro level, we thought on this of all weeks, it would be a good time to offer a short list of some of the best wines released in the province since last Canada Day. Ita��s a personal selection but based on 25 years of tasting the best and worst of B.C. wine I can safely say it is a considered list and well worth checking out. Availability is variable so the best place to start is online at the winery or in VQA wine shops. The selection in B.C. liquor stores is minimal.
a�? You need to pay attention to the road signs or you will miss the road to La Stella Vineyard, perched on the edge of Osoyoos Lake Bench just north of Osoyoos. Dona��t miss the LaStella Fortissimo 2012 ($35) red blend, a wine of elegance and depth that belies its far north latitude.
a�? Equally beguiling and just on the other side of the mountains to the west in the Similkameen Valley is the Clos du Soleil Signature 2012 ($45). Stony mineral, red fruited and made for food, it is the quintessential B.C. red blend.
a�? Nikki Callaway continues to reshape the wines of Quailsa�� Gate. If you are lucky, you might be able to find some of the Quailsa�� Gate Chardonnay Rosemarya��s Block 25th Anniversary 2012 ($30) or simply grab the Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay ($40), which consistently delivers on high every vintage.
a�? Laughing Stock Vineyards Syrah +9/10 2013 ($38) is another wine worth tracking down, with its Rhone-ish garb and delicious styling.
a�? At Le Vieux Pin, winemaker Severine Pinte is making some of the best wine in the valley, including Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah 2011 and 2012 ($80). But while these wines are slumbering, try the Le Vieux Pin Syrah CuvA�e Violette 2013 ($30).
a�? Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2013 ($30) remains a standard.
a�? From north along the Skaha Bluff, the Painted Rock Chardonnay 2014 ($30) is a terrific wine that will disappear quickly this summer.
a�? If youa��re looking for new and different, Staga��s Hollow Grenache 2013 ($30), Haywire Chardonnay Canyonview Vineyard 2013 ($23), Terravista Fandango AlbariA�o Verdejo 2013 ($25) and Little Farm Winery RosA� 2013 ($25) all speak to the revolution.
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