Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bigger is not always better

Tonight's focus is one of the "little guys", a small, family boutique winery in Summerland called Silkscarf.

We've visited them a few times. The winery isn't flashy. It's not big. It doesn't have the cachet of some of the well known Okanagan wineries. It's not a member of the VQA. They don't make a ton of varietals.

All they do is make great, award winning wines.

You can get their wines from the winery itself or online at their website (, or you may come across them at some of the finer restaurants in Vancouver or the Okanagan (and some in other cities in Canada, as well as Tokyo!), or a handful of retail locations (a list of the restaurants and retail outlets is on the website).

You'll probably have trouble finding these specific vintages anywhere, I'm writing this from notes I made after tasting these 2 years ago (and I bought all three of these varietals). If you are lucky enough to come across them, especially the Shiraz Reserve, BUY THEM!

2010 Ensemble Blanc

A nice, crisp blend of Gew├╝rztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling, it features a lovely floral bouquet with notes of peach and pears on the palate. Comes at a very reasonable price point around $20.

Rating: 7/10

2010 Viognier

Smooth and silky on the palate with just the right hint of acidity. This is, no exaggeration, the only single-varietal Viognier I have ever liked enough to purchase and bring home. Also has an excellent price point of around $20.

Rating: 7.5/10

2007 Shiraz Reserve

In 2011, this won the Gold Medal at the Grand-Cru Culinary Wine Festival in Long Beach, California.

Notes of blackberries and spice, smooth as ice and ready to drink now (although a couple more years in the bottle would only enhance), if this isn't the best Shiraz I've ever tasted, it's in the top 2-3. Simply outstanding.

Rating: 9/10

Next time you are up in the Okanagan, I highly recommend searching them out and going in to taste their portfolio. I know we'll be stopping by on our next wine tour. Maybe we'll see you there!

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