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Deborah Podurgiel

Deborah Podurgiel

8 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 92/100

What a fantastic little sparkler from The Vibrant Vine Okanagan Villa Estate Winery. A pretty pale pink in the glass, Vibranté 2017 is so fresh and zesty on the palate. The rosé wine blend is made from Pinot Auxerrois wine grapes sourced from the North Okanagan and Merlot sourced from the South. On the palate, the mousse is delicate with the tiniest of bubbles, rose petal, soft citrus, red cherry and strawberry flavours and a fresh and zesty finish. So easy to enjoy at 11% abv and very moreish. Chill and enjoy on its own, or with brunch fare like smoked salmon Bennies and fine herb quiche.

8 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

C.C. Jentsch Cellars 2015 Syrah is deep, dark ruby in the glass with an earthy florals, cedarbrush, dried cherry and smoky sandalwood nose. On the palate, this medium-plus-bodied red is dry with dark cherries, dried red and dark berries, cedar and cake spice flavours, with a savoury and lingering caramel finish. Tannins are fine. This vintage was aged 16 months in oak barrel. Pair this flavoursome Syrah with a crown roast of pork.

Block 16 Old Vines

Hester Creek Estate Winery Block 16 Old Vines Trebbiano 2017

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

Deborah scored this wine: 91/100

The Trebbiano from Hester Creek Estate Winery is the only one of its kind produced on the Golden Mile Bench in the Okanagan Valley. Wine grapes are hand-harvested from 50-year-old vines -- the oldest vines on the estate. The Trebbiano 2017 is pale gold in the glass with light herbs, fresh fennel bulb, citrus and a light minerality on the nose. On the palate, it is dry (less than 9 g/l sugar) with white florals, light grassy and green herbs flavours, soft tropical notes and finishing satisfyingly long and creamy with zesty citrus on the palate. A natural with great acidity for food, we paired it with a goat cheese and arugula flatbread and grilled endives, brushed with olive oil and garlic scape salt. Delish! This 2017 vintage was awarded Silver in the 2018 All Canadian Wine Championships and in the 2018 Cascadia Wine Summit.

South Okanagan

South Okanagan C.C. Jentsch The Chase V.Q.A. 2014

South Okanagan, Canada
10 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

From C.C. Jentsch Cellars, the Chase 2014 is a chewy 34% Cabernet Franc 34% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot red wine blend with all grapes sourced from the winery's 63-acre vineyard estate on the Golden Mile Bench in the South Okanagan, B.C. This is a spicy red blend that needs decanting for an hour to dissipate some of the cherry cough drop notes that first waft from the glass as well as to relax tannins. After that, the nose is ripe cherry, cinnamon and savoury spice reminiscent of autumn leaves. On the palate, the 2014 vintage is dry, medium-plus bodied, with medium acidity, more ripe cherry, raspberry and dark berry flavours with a lingering finish of cake spice, savoury herbs and vanilla. Pair with roast chicken.

10 days ago

Deborah scored this wine: 89/100

Love this spicy 45% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon red blend from Bordertown Vineyard and Estate Winery in the South Okanagan, B.C. Medium-ruby in the glass with some bricking on the meniscus, this is a dry, medium-plus-bodied red with a spicy anise and ripe red cherry nose. Layers of dried red cherries, dark berries, savoury herbs, dried tobacco leaf, cake spice can be found on the palate that finishes with dark chocolate and a medium-plus peppery length. Tannins are grippy and acidity is medium. The wine was aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrel. Pair with your favourite grilled burger barbeque and an autumn sunset. This vintage was awarded a Bronze Medal in the October 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.

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