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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel

50th Parallel Estate Chardonnay 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
15 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

50th Parallel Estate Chardonnay 2016 is dry and crisp with ripe golden apple, butterscotch, dried pineapple aromas on the nose; medium-plus-bodied, rich and so creamy on the palate with baked pear, ginger, nutmeg spice and a soft caramel finish. Vibrant acidity for food. Chill and enjoy with a lobster bisque or seafood chowder.

Cerqueira Vineyard

Bartier Bros Cerqueira Vineyard Semillon 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
15 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 92/100

Love, love, love the Cerqueira Vineyard Semillon from Bartier Bros. Year after year, the winery consistently delivers on this zesty, dry Semillon with layers of ripe Meyer lemons, honeyed stone fruit, soft spice and grassy flavours on the palate with its hallmark lingering dusty, flinty mineral finish. So good. Paired with grilled Argentinean shrimp.

Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Valley Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, Canada
15 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Upper Bench Estate Winery is a dry (2.8% res. sugar) 100% Chardonnay sourced from wine grapes in the Central Okanagan Valley. Fermented with wild yeasts and partially aged (50%) three months in French oak barrel and then in stainless steel tank, this is a lovely butterscotchy Chard with just the right amount of oak to give the wine structure and depth. On the nose, there are ripe apricots, soft citrus and light toasty spice aromas. On the palate, more ripe apricots with lemon curd, butterscotch with honeyed tropical fruit flavours. Elegant and well-balanced and absolutely made to go with the winery's artisan cheeses. The on-site creamery makes five different washed-rind, brie, and blue cheeses and the brie is a perfect match for this Chardonnay. The winery also has a patio (weather dependent) so you can make a stop and enjoy both there.

15 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

Madcap 2008 is a mostly Merlot (60%) with the balance in Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc dry and easy-drinking, medium-plus-bodied and unpretentious red that has aged well. Well-structured and delivering solid blackberry, blueberry, dark plum, savoury spice, smoky vanilla and cocoa flavours on the palate. Tannins are round and well-integrated. Good acidity for food and a perfect match with a grilled bavette beefsteak topped with blue cheese. Enjoy now.

Naramata, British Columbia

Naramata, British Columbia Joie Farm En Famille Reserve Muscat 2017

Naramata, British Columbia, Canada
15 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

JoieFarm En Famille Reserve Muscat 2017 is a soft, vibrant and delicious Burgundian-style dry Muscat with a fresh grapey nose followed by enticing peach and orange blossom aromas. One sniff and you know you're caught, intrigued to find if these same flavours, or more, exist on the palate. Produced from 100% Moscato Giallo (Yellow Muscat), this is a very charming and expressive wine with fresh grape, soft citrus, peach and stone fruit flavours on the palate finishing with a soft spicy tang. At 11.4% abv. it's easy and a joie to have a glass or three. The Muscat grapes were hand-harvested, sorted, destemmed then pressed and soaked for two hours to preserve its pure fruit flavours. The grapes were inoculated with an aromatic-forward yeast strain, W-15, to enhance its grapey and white floral aromas. Fermentation was in controlled-temperature stainless steel tank again to preserve fruit freshness and integrity. Chill and enjoy on its own or, as the winery suggests, pair it with "deep-fried snacks, salty meat and cheese." We paired it with a variety of prosciutto charcuterie and medium-aged creamy cheeses.

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