Naramata Bench Wineries Weekend
Posted by Airdrie Store - Pat Morrison - full access, October 25th, 2011 | 0 Comments
3 glorious days @ Naramata Bench! Wineries visited - Therapy / Kettle Valley / Elephant Island / Lang / Black Widow / Howling Bluff / Ruby Tuesday / La Frenz / Poplar Grove / Misconduct / 3 Mile / I may have missed noting a few! We wanted to sample at Laughing Stock and Township 7 but they were closed for the season. Soaring Eagle was also closed for the season, but what a gorgeous spot!
Our favourite wines were from La Frenz -- excellent wine and price point was good. As per usual, we found a lot were overpriced. I tasted a $35 bottle of wine at one vineyard and yet preferred the $17 bottle at another! We brought home about 7 bottles from various vineyards. The Cassis was excellent from Elephant Island.
We wanted to get down farther south to Okanagan Falls to sample the Chardonnay at Meyer Family Winery, but ran out of time.
In between wine sampling, we also tried our hand at a few of the local craft breweries...Cannery Brewery's Naramata Nut Brown Ale and Apricot Wheat Ale. The Nut Brown is excellent, but we were a little disappointed in the Apricot -- a nice refreshing beer but not a lot of apricot came through.
Due to the fact we flew into Kelowna, we had to head that way on Monday to catch our 6 pm flight. Much to our delight, we realized we had time to stop in for a tasting at Quails Gate Winery on our way to the airport. I only tasted whites, and the first was the best Chenin Blanc I have EVER tasted. I had barely finished swooning over this when I was presented with their Dry Riesling....o my.....it topped the Chenin Blanc...it was unbelievable! Unfortunately, we couldn't buy any more due to the fact we had our suitcases loaded as it was!! BUT.......there's always next time.......
I should mention that Paul sampled 3 reds at Quails Gate - Merlot / Pinot Noir/ and a Foch - all passed the "Paul Test".....they were all fine wines.
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