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
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