January Wine Subscriptions Tasting Notes

Our monthly wine subscription has recently shipped and was jam-packed with Canadian goodness. If you’re interested in learning a little bit about the wineries or looking for some pairing ideas, read on. If you’re not a subscriber, all wines are available in-store for you to try, and you can sign up any time at https://www.sandylaneliquor.ca/collections/wine . Without further ado, on to the juice! 

Henry of Pehlam: 

Boasting some of the oldest vines in Canada, Henry of Pehlam has been producing award-winning wines for decades. Tucked in between Lakes Ontario and Erie, Henry of Pehlam boasts fantastic varietals, with their Baco Noir & Riesling being lauded as some of the best in Canada by the likes of Natalie Maclean and Bill Zarkarkiw. Their Riesling is excellent with glazed ham, strawberry & goat cheese salad or your favorite pizza. Their Baco Noir begs to accompany anything BBQed or a plate of strong cheese. 

 

Mount Boucherie: 

Around since 1968, Mount Boucherie strives to present the hallmark characteristics of their grapes. Hailing from the Okanagan Valley, their Gewürztraminer presents more acidity than a typical bottle, but it is a great pairing with spicy foods. Thai, anyone? 

 

Bench 1775: 

Located on the south shore of Lake Okanagan, this label is named for its address, 1775 Namarata Rd. Letting their wines speak for themselves, Bench 1775 was awarded as one of the top 4 Wineries in BC, and one of the top 8 in all of Canada! Their signature white, Sauvignon Blanc, is cultivated across 9 different lots up and down the Okanagan, and is a great addition to seafood or creamy pastas. 

 

Therapy Vineyard: 

Resting in the shadow of the Giant’s Head mountain, Therapy Vineyards boasts a beautiful tasting room and Inn. A stay there promises to be therapeutic! Their Chardonnay is barrel-fermented in French Oak giving it a toasty, buttery mouth-feel. Excellent to enjoy immediately with some salty goat cheese or scallops, or to cellar for the next 5-7 years (go on, test your patience!) 

 

See Ya Later Ranch: 

SYLR is a long-standing label from the Okanagan. Approachable, affordable wines are their mainstay, as well as a love for dogs. Their vineyard is pet-friendly, features a bark-park and samplings are done by donations to the local SPCA. Their Pinot Noir is no exception to their mantra, being an easy-drink on its own, and pairs with a diverse array of foods; from pasta to garlic tenderloin, salty bacon-stuffed mushrooms to strawberries & chocolate. 

 

Moraine Winery: 

Breathtaking views & a belief that wine offers one of life’s simple, accessible & enjoyable pleasures brought Aristarkhovs to relocate from Alberta to the Okanagan valley. Their Merlot/Malbec blend known as Cliffhanger Red has enough “Umph” to pair with BBQ, but is subtle enough to enjoy on its own as well. Definitely a welcome addition to anyone's wine rack. 

 

Gretzky Estate Winery: 

This label needs no introduction, Gretzky Estates is Niagra’s only Winery & Distillery and produces wines from both the East and West of Canada. Their Great Red is a fruit-forward wine with soft tannins and is well suited to a night on the couch with your favorite movie. 

 

Phaison Estates: 

Their Chardonnay has an interesting bouquet, with coconut and ginger ale coming to the forefront. A crisp, tropical taste ending in vanilla gingerbread; great with poultry, salmon or pasta 

 

Audacity of Thomas G. Bright Cabernet-Merlot: 

This wine spends the last 5 months of its barrel-life in whisky barrels, giving it an interesting spice. It’s smooth, great finish and diverse in pairing options; your imagination is the limit! 

 

Wiley Vidal: 

Fruit-forward, this Vidal features a smooth finish and would pair well with savory dishes and some mild-to-medium spiced dishes. Or just grab a salty treat and enjoy the evening! 

 

Monte Creek Ranch Winery: 

Kamloops’ largest winery practices sustainable and organic practices at every opportunity. Open to the public since 2015, Monte Creek is constantly putting out new and interesting wines. Hands Up Red is a versatile wine featuring soft tannins and is a favorite companion of easy dinning like Burgers & fries or Ribs! 

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