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Monday, March 15, 2010

WCOW: Canadian Single White Varietal Regionals

Country: Canada
Region: BC
Manager: Liam Carrier

When I think of the best white wines that BC has to offer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer come to mind. Other white varietals like Riesling and Viognier are on the rise but for this challenge I went for the big boys with multiple years of good vintages. As the best Chardonnay in BC are over $20 I was left with Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, which is just fine with me as I love them both.

Wine #1: Lake Breeze Vineyards 2008 Gewurztraminer
Price: $18
Region: Naramata Bench - Okanagan Valley - BC
Country: Canada
Notes: Perfect acidity compliments the sweetness of the citrus fruit aromas and flavours despite the lack of any residual sugar.
Full review: Follow Link
Score: 91 points

Wine #2: Thornhaven Estates 2008 Pinot Gris
Price: $17.90
Region: Summerland - OkanaganValley - BC
Country: Canada
Notes: Lovely floral aromas of jasmine and blossoms with zesty citrus and rhubarb notes on the nose. Off-dry on the palate with tangy citrus acidity and cool minerality.
Full review: Follow Link
Score: 89 points

Conclusion: The Lake Breeze Gewurz takes this round on points and value. The Naramata Bench outfit make a number of great white wines, but I think their Gewurz shines and is one of the best examples of this varietal in the province. To learn more about the winery or plan a visit, check out their website www.lakebreeze.ca/ . - LC

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