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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier

Alive Organic White

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Alive Organic White 2021

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

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2021 Alive Organic White is fragrant with white florals, fresh melon, apple and citrusy aromas. A blend of 56% Riesling with Ehrenfelser, Chardonnay and Muscat, the wine is off-dry, medium-bodied, fresh and silky with melon, ripe apple, grapefruit, lime zest and nicely balanced with tangy acidity. The winery suggests pairing it with Asian cuisine, seafood and roast chicken -- which we did, but the wine does have a lovely off-dry sweetness and would easily pair with a spicier dish like spiced honey-lime chicken. Tasted June 2022.

White Knuckle

Monster Vineyards White Knuckle 2019

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

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

Monster Vineyards White Knuckle (2019) is a this-side-of-dry, juicy white wine blend of 37% Muscat, 26% Pinot Gris, 17% Viognier, 17% Chardonnay and 3% Verdejo fragrant with white florals, ripe apple, stone fruit, mandarin zest, fresh, silky and concentrated on the palate. Chill and enjoy with brunch Bennies, quiche and spring greens topped with mandarin sections. Tasted June 2022. Produced from low yields and excellent quality, ripe fruit. Each varietal was fermented separately. After de-stemming, the berries were crushed, lightly pressed and the juice cold settled with fermentation kept below 16ยบ C. The finished wines were then blended and bottled.

MMXXI

Black Market Wine Company MMXXI Bacchus 2021

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

Deborah scored this wine: 90/100

Love this super fresh, dry and medium-bodied Bacchus (2021) from the Black Market Wine Company. The Bacchus grape is a cross of Riesling, Sylvaner and Muller-Thurgau. This example is fresh and fragrant with fresh-cut pear, citrus zest, lemongrass, passion fruit and fine herbs aromas mirroring same on the palate with vibrant, food-friendly acidity, with a clean, crisp and long finish on a mineral note. Delicious now, we chilled and enjoyed it with seared Ahi tuna steaks. Tasted June 2022.

Time Family of Wines Evolve Pink Effervescence

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

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

A fun, fresh and friendly, happy-go-lucky sparkler made to enjoy any time. Produced in the Cuvee Close method from a blend of 70% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Blanc and 2% Syrah giving the wine its delicate and pretty in pink hue. Dry with a zesty mousse of fresh strawberry, raspberry with a touch of cherry, lemon zest, bready and mineral notes on the palate. Grapes were sourced and hand-harvested from the King Family Vineyard in Penticton, Mirror Lake Vineyard in Osoyoos and Devonshire Vineyard in Naramata, and were whole bunch pressed with occasional lees stirring. Tasted June 2022.

Mcwatters Collection

Time Family of Wines Mcwatters Collection Brut 2017

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

Deborah scored this wine: 93/100

The McWatters Collection 2017 Brut is a well-crafted, bright and bold traditional method bubble, fragrant with lemon meringue, vanilla and toast. A blend of 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Blanc, it is bone-dry and brilliant on the palate with a fine, persistent mousse and a riot of flavours including honeyed apple, pear, toast, citrus zest, vanilla and brioche with a long flinty mineral finish. Chilled and enjoyed with deep-fried smelt and chips, a Canadian version of fish and chips. Drink or hold. Tasted June 2022.

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