Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Okanagan Road Trip, part 1

The first of a many-part posting on our trip to the Okanagan last week, where we visited a bunch of wineries and had a couple terrific meals. I'll go winery by winery, starting to the first one we visited:

House of Rose

I tasted a bunch of their wines a couple weeks back, but was able to taste a bunch more on the weekend. We got there at about 12:45, and they were hosting a "grape stomp" at 1PM, so we were a little bit rushed to taste and get out of there before it got crazy.

No tasting fee for regular tastings; $5 for the Icewine.

Grapes with Benefits White

A blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris and a little bit of Icewine for sweetness. Fruity with just the right amount of sweetness, this was delightful.

Rating: 84

Grapes with Benefits Red

This blend of Pinot Noir and Foch couldn't be much different than it's white counterpart, dry as bone, and a little tart. A hint of tobacco on the finish.

Rating: 75

Sweet Mystery

Another blend of Pinot Noir and Foch but very sweet, reminiscent of sangria. If you like sangria, throw some ice cubes in this and you'll probably love it. Sweetness code of 3.

Rating: 80

2010 Marechal Foch

Full bodied with beautiful notes of blueberry on the nose, but the earthiness on the palate slightly overwhelmed the fruit.

Rating: 74

Chardonnay Icewine

Very sweet and very viscous; almost like drinking honey. I like honey.

Rating: 82

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