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Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier

Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier

5 hours, 15 minutes ago

Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 88/100

An easy-going white wine blend, crowd-pleaser and patio party time wine, dryish, medium-bodied and easy to enjoy with melon, stone fruit, chalky citrus flavours on the palate, nicely balanced and a great value white under $10. Buy a bunch to chill and enjoy with creamy cheeses or salads topped with chilled steamed shrimp. Tasted July 2021.

Benchmark Series

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Benchmark Series Viognier 2019

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 3 hours ago

Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 93/100

Township 7 Benchmark Series 2019 Viognier is a beautiful, silky 100% Viognier, a mouthful that glides along and around the palate and just keeps on giving! Exceptionally well-crafted and balanced with crisp, juicy acidity and showing fruit that was able to ripen slowly and evenly. Fragrant on the nose with a snootful of ripe apricot, passionfruit and soft citrus aromas, this wine is barely dry, medium-plus-bodied with ripe apricot, passionfruit, pink grapefruit, a kiss of ginger and a hint of minerality finishing plushy and just short of long. Grapes for the 2019 vintage were sourced from the Raju Vineyard in Osoyoos and Fool’s Gold Vineyard in Oliver. These very warm sites encourage the aromatics and the flavours on this Rhone variety. Grapes were fermented in stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels to add texture to the palate. Absolutely delicious! Poured with sautéed sablefish in a mild curry butter. Tasted July 2021.

Culmina Family Estate Winery Merlot 2016

Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 3 hours ago

Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 91/100

I like this easy-to-enjoy savoury and sultry, estate-grown Merlot (2016) from Culmina Family Estate Winery. The wine is welcoming on the nose with dark plum, chocolate and dark spice aromas; dry, medium-plus-bodied with ripe dark berry fruit, plum, dark chocolate and well-integrated oak spice, balanced acidity and velvety tannins. Grapes for this vintage were sourced from the Golden Mile Bench G.I. Arise Bench, and the wine was matured in a combination of new, previous use and neutral French oak barrels. Elegant and easy to love, enjoy it with a wild mushroom ragu or venison burgers stuffed with Feta cheese. Tasted July 2021.

Decora

Culmina Family Estate Winery Decora Riesling 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 3 hours ago

Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 91/100

Love the balance on Culmina’s tasty Decora 2018 Riesling. Produced from estate-grown grapes sourced from Margaret’s Bench Vineyard with elevage completely in stainless-steel tanks, this South Okanagan Riesling is fragrant with ripe yellow apple, white-fleshed stone fruit and mineral notes on the nose. The wine is barely dry, medium-bodied with pink grapefruit, citrus zest, ripe apple, stony and mineral flavours lingering on the palate balanced with just enough acidity to start the mouth watering. Sophisticated, elegant with acidity in check. Chill and enjoy with a smoked pork tenderloin and butternut squash spaetzli. Tasted July 2021.

Nostalgia Wines Pinot Gris 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 3 hours ago

Deborah Podurgiel scored this wine: 90/100

On the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, British Columbia, vintner and family farmer Gina Fernandes Harfman combines her passion for winemaking with her family’s four generations of farming experience in the South Okanagan. Nostalgia Pinot Gris 2020 shows the terroir from which it is grown and is an elegant, low yield, dry, medium-bodied 100% PG with nicely balanced natural acidity. For the 2020 vintage, grapes were sourced from the winery’s Home Vineyard as well as Cassini and Nunes Vineyards. Grapes were hand-harvested and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks to retain fruit freshness and natural acidity. Chill and enjoy this bright PG with flavours of ripe, white-fleshed stone fruit, fresh apple, and pear with a grilled pork tenderloin and pear compote. Tasted July 2021.

Deborah Podurgiel Certified Sommelier

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