Joie Farms “A Noble Blend” 2008

Was looking forward to Joie’s 2008 offerings. This is clear and very, very light, almost colourless. Peach (Okanagan!) and citrus on the nose, with a distinctive quality that I swear I can pin down to Joie. I don’t know exactly what this could be, but it’s shared with the 2008 Riesling, and the 2006 and 2007 vintages I’ve tried. A very nice balance on the palette, with citrus qualities, good acidity, and again that distinctive Joie quality. Recommended. About $28 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. See Joie Farms.

Pfaffenheim 2007 Riesling

This Alsace Riesling has a pale gold-green appearance. Medium petrol-citrus nose. Acidity is on the low side; has a nice balanced palette with straightforward slate and the slightest stone fruit notes, but this is a dry wine. Recommended, especially at the price: CDN$22.