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Holiday Sips From Near and Far

What to Sip this Holiday Season? Some Bubble, Grenache, Syrah or Nero D’Avola perhaps?

We lined up and tasted a few more wines over the last little while and thought we’d share a few of our thoughts on these beauties because we are so very generous and you should have these on your to taste list too!

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Narrative XC Method from Okanagan Crush Pad $25

Tis definitely the season for bubble and this is one that stands out from the crowd. It’s a blend of traditional champagne grapes, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; the secondary fermentation took place in the wineries unique charmat tanks; designed to lie on their sides in contact with lees for 90 days, hence the XC in the name. Love sipping on this one around the fire (fake or real) or serving it up as guests arrive. It’s nice and crisp, with green apple, citrus and toast aromas and flavours and a nice length. Quite dry with just a touch of sweetness on the finish.


99986Vaporetta – Prosecco Brut No 8 – $17.50

Venturing over to Italy we find this rather fruity and floral bubble with some orchard fruit and honeysuckle aftertastes. A marvelous wine with light seafood dishes and sushi!







645655 0Rasteau – Cave de Rasteau du la Domeliere $21.99

Hailing from the Côtes du Rhône, this GSM blend comes from older vines and has some nice black cherry and licorice aromas along with some cherry and plum notes and a fairly lengthy palate with silky tanins. Great with pulled pork sliders I say!






144923Sicilia Nero d’Avola – Feudo Maccari SALE $16.50

This is a very flexible wine, one for after yoga perhaps, but what I really mean is that it could pair with a number of dishes and flavours that appear on the table at this time of year. A fuller bodied wine with dark cherry and blackberry flavours and a noticeable minerality on the finish. I am thinking about roast pork here, or perhaps a wine for that turkey dinner.






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Syrah grows well in the Okanagan and this wine proves it. 2014 was a warm vintage and this Syrah benefited. Partly fermented in French oak puncheons and tanks, smothing out any rough edges, this wine is full of blueberry, blackbery, plum and spice and would be perfect with lamb.


2012 Sommelier of the Year Terry Threlfall Launches TNT

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Today we are pleased to welcome contributor Valerie Van Der Gracht to GLV.  Here’s her coverage on TNT.

Named Sommelier of the year in 2012 by Vancouver Magazine, California Sunset Magazine, and Vancouver International Wine Festival Terry Threlfall has officially launched his own wine TNT – Terry Nicholas Threlfall – Cerqueira Vineyard – 2012 Chardonnay -Okanagan Valley BC – VQA. 

This opportunity came about as a collaboration of the Okanagan Wine Campus, a mentorship program created in 2011 by Okanagan Crush Pad, and the beneficiary of the proceeds of the wine sales, B.C. Hospitality Foundation’s Wine Scholarship Fund. 

The purpose of the Okanagan Wine Campus is to provide a unique opportunity for the individual awarded the distinction of Sommelier of the Year to create his or her own wine. The Sommelier chooses their grape varietal and is a full partner in the process of the wine making, blending, bottling and marketing of the wine including the creative design of the wine label and naming of the wine.

A clever take on Threlfall’s initials and the addition of an “explosive warning” icon the label, always in distinctive black and white, graces a bottle of Chardonnay described as “pale yellow with a tinge of green, with aromas of bright citrus fruits and apricot, with hints of green apple and a chalky minerality”. The choice of Chardonnay was an obvious one for Threlfall who is passionate about the wines of Burgundy.

Threlfall at Okanagan Wine Campus

Photo courtesy of Lionel Trudel

Since its inception in 2011 Okanagan Wine Campus has provided this distinctive opportunity to Kurtis Kolt in 2010, Owen Knowlton in 2011, Terry Threlfall in 2012, and in 2013 to Samantha Rahn of Araxi Restaurant who will introduce her Syrah in 2014.


The proceeds of the sale of Threlfall’s TNT 2012 Chardonnay will add to the sum of  $10,000 that has already been awarded to eleven hospitality candidates to further their levels of wine certification.



TNT Launch