Pinot Gris

Diary Entry #38 - When "Leftovers" are a good thing...

It’s sure nice to be back in Vancouver! Back to sleeping in my own bed, home cooked meals and of course…partying with my friends again! In fact, I threw a birthday party for my boyfriend just this past weekend and my very awesome friends brought over more booze than they could drink, therefore, leaving some leftover wine for yours truly, me, to enjoy!

So because of my oh so generous and fabulous friends, I’ve decided to vlog some of the leftover wine from the party! We don’t want to anger the wine gods (they are real and not just a figment of my imagination), so this leftover wine must be consumed and not poured down the sink. And what do I often do when I drink wine at home….film it for all to see :-)

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x.h

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!

xx.h

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Diary Entry #11 - Episode #10 Tinhorn Creek 2010 Pinot Gris

Hey peeps! I hope all of you have been having a super awesome week and have been enjoying the weekend! This week has been a ton of fun for me as I had 2 wine tastings to go too. The first tasting was Taste of BC. This tasting featured…yup, you guessed it, all BC wines! It was really fun and the wines were (for the most part) really great! There were some that I didn’t like, but fair enough – I can’t like them all! The only downside to this tasting was that it was super crowded and a bigger tasting room would have been nice. But overall, it was a great event and I was impressed by the wines that were featured.

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The second tasting I went to was with Cubby. So of course it was a ton of fun! As you know Cubby and I have a lot of fun together! This wine tasting was for a wine club that we go to each month. So it’s been a great wine week for me and I hope all of you have been sipping on some delicious wine this week too!

This week I have decided to review a white wine as the last few have been reds and I feel like I’ve been neglecting the white wines. The wine this week was recommended by a twitter friend (@SandraOldfield) who is actually the winemaker for Tinhorn Creek (and obviously the recommended wine) so I thought I would give it a try since the source of the recommendation was obviously a good one. 

On a side note - I just finished uploading my wine review of Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2010…and the whole time I was calling it a Pinot Grigio!!! Sorry Sandra! Ahhhh so frustrating because I can’t redo it now! So please forgive me for saying ‘Grigio’ and not ‘Gris’. With that said, please check out my vlog and just pretend I’m saying Gris :-) 

On the nose I found there to be nice, light soft acid. I also got melon and crisp green apple aromas. On the palette there was fruity apple followed by melon with a beautiful minerality. I loved the minerality of this wine! It just softly lingered in my mouth and it was delicious! I enjoyed how refreshing this wine was and I felt like all the flavours and qualities of the wine were working together and nothing was more over-powering than the next. So yes…as I often say, “This wine is extremely well-balanced!”

As I was sipping it, it really made me feel like I was on a summer patio in August enjoying this refreshing wine and not in the cold January weather that I am actually experiencing. This is what I love about this wine. It was like an escape from winter and I loved it!

If you’re a white wine lover or a Pinot Gris lover then checking out this wine is a MUST! You can grab it at your local BC Liquor store for $17.99 but hurry up because I think they might be in limited supply now. Please share your opinions on this wine if you do try!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend and has an awesome upcoming week! Thanks so much for checking out my vlogs and reading my diary! I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am doing them :-)

xx.h