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Snooth User: dvogler

My second Wine Event

Posted by dvogler, May 1.

Hi All,

Last night I went to an event called "Uncork Your Palate" in Victoria.  It was a fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music (a music school, like a mini Juilliard), so was a good cause.  There was continuous music and very good food (like the one in Seattle) where many of Victoria's best restaurants served very fresh seafood appetizers (I should have taken photos of the food!), one was like a little cone filled with scallops...I had multiples.  The wine was of course BC, but from a single area called the Naramata Bench, which is a 15km stretch of benchland on the east shore of Lake Okanagan, just north of Penticton.  There were only 20 wineries present, but many of the good ones and some new ones.  There were several that brought their big reds, which I was hoping for, but a few didn't.  It was difficult tasting such young wines (these are just being released and were either 2011 or 2012 (many of the 12's won't be released until August).  The surprise of the night was Kettle Valley's Petit Verdot.  I would never have considered it before, but the nose for me was magic.  I can't remember my sensations to describe exactly what I was tasting, but it was, for me, the best wine of the night.  To be fair, it was a 2009 and I asked the owner and he said he releases it when it is "showing" best.  Unusual, because most want to bottle it and get it on shelves.  They make a big blend called "Old Main Red" and this petit verdot was much better.  I'm excited actually.  I just hope I can find some today.  Oh, I guess I should mention it was held in a place called Crystal Garden, which years ago used to be a salt-water swimming pool, opened in 1925  

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Reply by outthere, May 1.

I was going to jokingly ask if the girl plunged off the diving board. Seems appropriate now. Nice writeup.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 1.

As warm temps spread northward, BC may become the next great wine region.  But for reds?  Esp Pet Verdot, which often has trouble ripening?  Wow. 

In general, I've had my doubts about PV as a varietal wine, but I bought a bottle from William Hill's tasting room about a year ago and I'm looking forward to it.  If you get down this way, we'll open it together and you can tell me how it compares.

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Reply by dvogler, May 1.

Thanks OT, sorry I'm always a bit lacking in the details you guys probably would like to hear!

Fox, that is exactly what this guy was saying.  He only made 30 cases of this 2009 and he held it until he thought it was "good".  He says more recent vintages have produced about 100 cases.  I found out today that all of Vancouver Island got one case (in Victoria) and a friend went immediately to buy what is left, hopefully at least eight!  Believe it or not, it gets very hot where the wineries are and they make great stuff.  I'd love to get down there, I'll see how things go for work and disposable income!

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Reply by gregt, May 2.

I'm with Fox on the PV thing, although there's a pretty good one coming out of Spain these days. The exception that proves the rule?

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Reply by dvogler, May 2.

Greg, I can't say "I'm a PV fan!" (who really can?)  I seldom see it alone.

One I have had that was good was Pirramimma (2008).  I've not had newer vintages.  I went back a few times to re-try this BC one, thinking it might have been the food, or something that influenced it, but it was just great!


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