The vineyards of the Okanagan…a unique terroir!
When you love nature and the wide-open spaces, Western Canada quickly becomes a favourite destination. I felt the call to be there well before I developed a passion for wine. Like Grizzly Adams (a cult series from the ‘70s), I dreamed from early childhood of these vast, wilderness spaces. And I got there.
After spending five weeks in the backcountry of British Columbia and having met up with a grizzly – yup! – I found myself in the Okanagan Valley. The contrast with the changeable climate of the alpine reaches provided a beauty that enthralled me. Since then, I have dreamed of going back in order to visit the many vineyards.
This vineyard estate is located in a semi-desert zone lucky enough to have a microclimate favourable to the cultivation of grapes. The nights are cool and the days, hot and dry. In this arid climate, good irrigation is a necessity. In addition, the vines get natural protection from the many diseases linked to a more humid environment.
Founded in 1998, in partnership with a château in Bordeaux, the owners planted grapes from the Bordeaux terroir. The style of these vintages bear witness to the union. The estate was already renowned for its great Osoyoos wine when the second wine produced here – Pétales d’Osoyoos – was presented in 2005.
The 2014 vintage provides a round mouth feel with woody notes on well integrated tannins. Aromas of black currants and lightly toasted prunes. Pairing: bavette de boeuf (beef flap steak) with a balsamic-reduced sauce.
About fifteen or so kilometres to the north, the Triggs family acquired a vineyard in 2007. The goal was to develop a lot-related approach depending on the specific needs of each grape and the quality of that terroir.
Manual harvests, micro-lots of land, gravity racking…. Everything was done to obtain high-quality wines. Its Riesling is an excellent example. Good tension, a mineral quality with a balance of sugars and acidity added to good length in the mouth. Delicious!
Pairing: sea scallop ceviche.
French oenologist Pascal Madevon is the man behind these two domaines. He became established in the valley in 2002, and his involvement is a determining factor in the creation of the wines from these two vineyards.
Good tastings, everyone, and happy skiing!
Osoyoos Larose, Pétales d’Osoyoos 2014 SAQ 11166495 $28.35
Culmina, Decora Riesling 2017 SAQ 13294651 $22.95
Lynda Lavertu48 Posts
Toujours tout sourire, Lynda se passionne pour le fabuleux monde du vin et tout ce qui saura plaire aux épicuriens. Sommelière diplômée, elle travaille à la SAQ et partage avec nous ses plus récentes trouvailles. / The ever-smiling Lynda is passionate about the fabulous world of wine and everything that will bring pleasure to epicures. A graduate sommelière – wine steward – she works at the SAQ and shares with us her most recent discoveries.