Archive for ‘Gewurtztraminer’

July 30, 2012

Thornhaven Gewurztraminer, 2010

This wine has won numerous plaudits including the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award.  It hardly needs a thrift-minded anti-wine-snob to weigh in with adjectives.  It is good, very good for what it is, and deserves every ounce of praise.  It was spectacular with a pan fried fresh trout but equally good as an aperitif with some local cheese and dried fruit (although not heady enough to do justice with homemade gazpacho).  If you surfed here from page 10 of a Google search looking for flavour notes you are either bored or made a mistake.  Quick: Click back and search for a retailer.


So, superfluous adjectives aside, I will however editorialize: Light, elegant, nuanced whites should be the backbone of the Okanagan.  The simple fact that Thornhaven can produce this much quality, and bring it in under $20, should set the stage for more and better vintages from Naramata to Cawston.  Cripes, BC could give Germany, Switzerland and Alsace a run for their money with nectar like this; but you know that’s a pipe dream.  We will continue the endless pursuit of better reds, priced at twice what you can already get from other New World vineyards, in a largely mistaken quest to be something we can never be: Internationally price competitive with robust reds.  Praise to those who break the trend.


Price: A superb value at $19.90 at your friendly VQA stores.


Market Liquidity: What price glory?  Under $20 at Thornheaven, er Thornhaven.

March 20, 2012

Nichol Gewurztraminer, 2010

Lauded two fine Nichol wines, the Cabernet Franc here and Syrah here.  Except for reservations about the steep price they were exceptional, we loved every drop.  If I had the cash I would keep them by the case.  Too bad I can’t say the same thing about the gewrurz.  I think the first signal came in Libations Liquor when I asked the manager about the wine and his response was “it’s a very good gewürztraminer.”  Seriously, that’s what he said, in total.  Not even something just as generic but a little more qualitative such as “unlike the gewurtz you get from Alsace, this is more New World” or “very nice, although a little young and sharp” or a million other positive but realistic comments.


OK, Nichol is pretty flat on this one.  It’s not memorable, it’s 150 per cent not Pierre Sparr which, I might add, sells for less, didn’t sip with much finesse, fruit was suppressed, was not particularly food friendly—only mediocre with Vij’s curry chicken (home made, not the freezer stuff) when it should have been flash, and never warmed to a floral nose you expect in the varietal.  For us this was a big no go.


Price: $23.99


Market Liquidity: Shocking letdown.