September wine sipping with Fairview Cellars

It’s September and I can’t think of a better time to visit Fairview Cellars and stock up on some great wines before they’re all gone. As the waning days of summer drift away think about the cozy fall nights to come.

Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc and Fairview Cellars The Bear Red Blend. Two of our favourites and both are delicious. All of our recommendations are wines we have personally tasted and enjoyed. Please note that vintage availability will vary. These wines are extremely popular and are often available at Everything Wine, select BC VQA stores and at the vineyard. Shop early to avoid disappointment.

As Thanksgiving and the Fall season looms you can be ready for any occasion whether you’re the host and hostess or the privileged guest. Fairview Cellars produce some great wines.

Remember it’s never too early to start planning, writing your list and doing your Christmas and Holiday Season gift buying. (I know, groan, but these great wines do sellout so you have to plan ahead) Since most of the shopping falls on the woman of the household, including not just for hubby but everyone else in the family, you deserve a little help. Here are our suggestions for the grown-ups on your list.


Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc


Cabernet Franc:The most difficult of the varietals to grow due to the late ripening, the quality of the finished product makes it worth it.  Usually in the vicinity of 300 cases are produced annually from the estate vineyard.  The remaining is used in the blends.

The Bear: Previously called “The Bear’s Meritage” this is part of the “Premier Series” wines (along with the higher end Cabs).  A blend of five of the classic Bordeaux cultivars (Cab. Sauv., Merlot, Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) with Cabernet Sauvignon being at least 50% of the blend, sometimes reaching as high as 75% of the blend in exceptional Cab. years.  The best barrels are always chosen for this wine, with the Cab. Sauv. grapes usually coming from a later picking to add to the complexity.  The wine is stored for longer periods of time in the barrel. (anywhere from 14 to 20 months)  The time “on the skins” is usually longer, again to achieve higher extraction from the skins.

Fairview Cellars produce quality wines and to check out their portfolio of wines visit their website.

About Fairview Cellars
A boutique winery located on the Reed Creek alluvial Fan at the North end of the Benches of the Golden Mile.
Fairview Cellars is the culmination of a life long quest of Bill Eggert’s to own and operate his own winery.  The 10 acre property located adjacent to the first green of the Fairview Mountain Golf Course was purchased by Bill in 1989.  After development of the water system the vineyard was started in 1993.  The first commercial vintage was produced from the 1997 crop.  Half the property was planted in Cabernet Sauvignon.  Cabernet Franc and Merlot were planted in equal parts to fill out the property.  One row of Syrah and one row of Petit Verdot were added later, and Sauvignon Blanc was planted on a lower terraced bench close to the first green in 2007.

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