Trebbiano in the Canadian Okanagan. Who knew? And old vines at that.
To be fair, we knew; during the stay at home C19 days of stir crazy stillness. And we knew where to score it at the vineyard price, in Vancouver, at $23, rather than, say, Marquis, at $29. So why bother blogging about that little secret?
During the darkest days of the pandemic winter, a glass of this was transformative; it could truly evoke a stinking hot day on a vine draped pergola over a long Italian lunch. The 2018 was fruity, rippled with a honey sweetness, and sat on the tongue like Sun-Rype Apple-Cot nectar from back in the day. A gem. A real surprising I can’t believe this came from BC gem. The 2019? Well, err, you know, good I guess.
The 2019 and 2020, both available from private stores in YVR, are just as a bottle to bottle comparison, a tad less thrilling than 2018. Either the wine is the same but the world is different or the vintages just don’t have the same pop as 2018. Gismondi called this a highly affordable treasure; that it is, and at the vineyard price it’s a summer slam dunk. And to think no one else is growing this ebullient treasure.
Price: $23 at a store that got the price wrong.
Market Liquidity: Travelogue in a bottle.