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Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery Marechal Foch Private Reserve 2006

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Opened in 2001, Columbia Gardens is currently the only winery in British Columbia’s Kootenay Region. This is well off the beaten path for wine tourism but the winery thrives with local consumers, including those in nearby Trail, the historic lead and zinc smelter city on the Columbia River. Tom Bryden and his winemaker son-in-law, Lawrence Wallace, planted about six acres of vines on the Bryden family farm. The varieties grown include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, along with several aromatic whites and, of course, that serviceable workhorse of challenging vineyards, Maréchal Foch.In 2004, Columbia Gardens pulled off a big, bold red with Foch. The wine begins with appealing blackberry aromas, leading to flavours of blackberry and spiced plums, nicely framed with oak. There even is a note of chocolate here. Commendably, there is no trace of the bitterness sometimes found on the finish with this variety. The soft tannins give the wine a rich, generous texture, although, with the softness of structure, this is a red for drinking now, not cellaring. 86 points.

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Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery:
A visit to the beautiful Kootenay region of British Columbia will not be complete without a stop at Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery Estate. Nestled in the heart of Columbia Gardens Valley near Trail, BC, Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery Estate is the first commercial sized vineyard and winery in the Kootenay Valley. It was established in the early 1990’s but was recently purcha... Read more
A visit to the beautiful Kootenay region of British Columbia will not be complete without a stop at Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery Estate. Nestled in the heart of Columbia Gardens Valley near Trail, BC, Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery Estate is the first commercial sized vineyard and winery in the Kootenay Valley. It was established in the early 1990’s but was recently purchased by the current owners and operators, Ben and Tersia De Jager.   Ben and Tersia De Jager are immigrants from South Africa with a strong winemaking heritage. They purchased the Estate in 2013 and maintain the services of the founders, to ensure the same taste, quality and passionate wine production. They have also introduced new selections to expand the award winning wine selections. The gift shop and wine tasting bar, with the overwhelming support of the local community opened in 2001 and continues to serve visitors the refreshing taste of their award winning wine. Licensed to host functions for up to 75 people, Columbia Gardens Vineyard and Winery is the ideal setting for year-end functions, birthday celebrations, retirement functions or any other occasion   The picturesque views set the stage as a memorable wedding venue. If you’re looking for the perfect wedding ceremony venue, wedding reception venue, wedding photography venue or cocktail hours, look no further than Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery for your wedding related event. They also offer a guest house for people who would like the overnight experience. Read less

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Opened in 2001, Columbia Gardens is currently the only winery in British Columbia’s Kootenay Region. This is well off the beaten path for wine tourism but the winery thrives with local consumers, including those in nearby Trail, the historic lead and zinc smelter city on the Columbia River. Tom Bryden and his winemaker son-in-law, Lawrence Wallace, planted about six acres of vines on the Bryden family farm. The varieties grown include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, along with several aromatic whites and, of course, that serviceable workhorse of challenging vineyards, Maréchal Foch.In 2004, Columbia Gardens pulled off a big, bold red with Foch. The wine begins with appealing blackberry aromas, leading to flavours of blackberry and spiced plums, nicely framed with oak. There even is a note of chocolate here. Commendably, there is no trace of the bitterness sometimes found on the finish with this variety. The soft tannins give the wine a rich, generous texture, although, with the softness of structure, this is a red for drinking now, not cellaring. 86 points.




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