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.
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.