Diary Entry #36 - DELICIOUS!! 2012 Pinot Gris from 50th Parallel Estate


Well, it has been awhile since my last post! If you have been wondering what I’ve been doing, I have basically been busy enjoying the fabulous summer we just had and having fun! I hope that you have been doing the same thing! I personally have spent a lot of time on the beach, biking around the seawall, hiking the local mountains around Vancouver, spending time with friends and being in love (that’s the best part!). Now that we’re moving into fall, it’s time to get back on the wine vlogging band wagon once again :-)

The formats of my videos are ever evolving and I’m likely going to be experimenting with adding new content in the future (and perhaps even next week!). I would give you an idea of what that will look like, but to be honest, I don’t really know. So we, including myself, will just have to see where things go with this little video passion project of mine.

The wine I thought I would feature in this video is 50th Parallel Estate’s 2012 Pinot Gris. This winery is newer to the wine scene in Kelowna and around town but I believe them to be becoming big players in the wine scene – especially locally here in BC.

There are a couple reasons I feel that this wine is worth checking out. Firstly, the owners, Sheri-Lee and Curtis are awesome! They are vibrant, energetic, hard-working, dedicated and extremely passionate about their wines and the product they are producing. I might also add that Curtis looks like a rock star and his wife, Sheri-Lee is fabulously gorgeous. I personally met this power couple here in Vancouver and was blown away by how down to earth and friendly they are. Secondly, they have an amazing new Wine Director and Viticulturist on board as of May 2013. This wine maker & viticulturist has received many awards over the years. In the past decade, he has won 45 Gold medals, 84 silver medals, 89 bronze medals as well as numerous Best in Class and show trophies for his wines in both local and international competitions. His wines have also been selected as the Best in Canada to serve to Barack Obama, The Queen of England and the Duke and Duchess of York on their official visit to Canada. Many of you have heard of Quails Gate winery right?! They are another very well know winery in Kelowna that produces excellent wine. Well, their wine maker, Grant Stanley, (the award winning wine maker and viticulturist I’m speaking about) has now moved over to 50th Parallel. In fact, Grant has help Sheri-lee and Curtis develop their winery since 2006. The move from Quails Gate was on good terms and it will be exciting to see where 50th Parallel will go with Grant on board.

This Pinot Gris in particular won its first award at the Spring Wine Festival in Kelowna where it won best of varietal. I find this wine to have nice melon and citrus qualities on the nose. The palate is well balanced (yes, I’m aware I say this a lot – but it’s true), has a nice effervescence (light tingling) and the perfect amount of acids. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Pinot Gris (yes, I am ALSO aware that I say Grigio in the video a lot….oops, I mean ‘Gris’). It is absolutely DELICIOUS and I recommend you to try if you ever see it on a wine list or in the liquor store.  

Something to note is that 50th Parallel’s main focus is pinot noir. Grant has a special passion for this particular grape and so about 50-60% of the winery will be producing pinot noir. In addition, they will be producing Chardonnay and other white varietals, like this pinot gris here. If this pinot gris isn’t their main focus, but it’s as DELICIOUS as it is, then I cannot wait to try their Pinot Noir!

Thanks for watching (and reading) my blog. I hope you enjoyed it and I look forward to sharing more exciting wines and their stories with you very soon!


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