I’ve enjoyed the last couple of vintages of this blend, which this year (PDF) is 53.5% Gewürztraminer, 17.1% Optima, 14.2% Pinot Blanc, 8.2% Chardonnany, 4.0% Ehrenfelser, 1.5% Pinot Gris, 1.0% Riesling, and 0.5% Sauvignon Blanc.
Pale-ish silver appearance with, pineapple, apple, and floral qualities on the nose. Medium body with nice acidity balancing complex tropical and Okanagan fruit and, as the winemaker notes, an appealing spicy finish, ever so slightly off dry. 13.3% alcohol; under $20 from BC Liquor. This has become a nice consistent product; I recommend it for summer drinking. I’m pairing it with the Seitan Medallions in Mixed-Mushrooom Gravy from Vegan Soul Kitchen. See Blasted Church Vineyards.
I tried their Madam’s Vines Gewürztraminer a couple of months back and liked it; had another bottle yesterday to compare with this. Woo Woo (I’d like to know the stories behind these names) is slightly less expensive at $21.70. Pale green-gold with a light rose-apple nose. A bit more subtle and muted than the Madam’s Vines; medium body with crisp acidity, slightly off dry, and smooth perfume, melon, and honey notes. 13.5% alcohol. See Dirty Laundry Vineyard.
Pale lemon-gold with a light green fruit-floral nose. Light body, slightly off dry, acidity fading into an appealing apple-ish finish with hints of grapefruit. Very nice. 13.5% alcohol. See Pierre Sparr. $26.50 at Crosstown.
Light gold appearance with a light apple-grapefruit nose. Dry light bodied wine with medium-low acidity, straightforward but well balanced citrus. Not an obvious Gewürtz but very drinkable. 14% alcohol. $20.50 at Crosstown (which is beginning to seem a bit overpriced to me). See Lake Breeze Vineyards.
Medium golden-yellow. Nose is a wonderful deep floral-honey. Medium body and quite sweet; great balance of acidity, honey, pears and grapefruit. This is the nectar! 13.9% alcohol. $28.30 at Crosstown. Recommended. See Farmstead Wines.
Medium lemon green appearance; nice floral-spice nose with an obvious sweetness. Medium-dry with good strong acidity and body. Nicely balanced fruity-floral perfumed quality on the palate; long finish with a hint of petrol. 13.5% alcohol. Recommended. $24.10 at Crosstown.
I enjoyed their 2008 Riesling, and a clerk at Crosstown said this one is hard to find.
Clear pale lemon green with a light floral-citrus nose. Medium-dry with low-medium acidity and good body. Pronounced floral, grapefruit, and nutmeg notes; a quite distinctive and enjoyable flavour. Medium length. 13.2% alcohol. As with their Riesling, I really like this; recommended. $24.10. Dirty Laundry Vineyard, Summerland, BC.