These wines are for you if you love…The idea of Thanksgiving dinner with bubbles, orange wine or Gamay.

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on at the Okanagan Wine Club and they have some extra special Okanagan wines that are fresh and exciting to enjoy over the holiday!

The Rigour & Whimsy Wine Pack

Exclusive Selection By Okanagan Wine Club

VIP (Early Access) – Monday, October 7th

Regular Members – Tuesday, October 8th

Offer Ends – Wednesday, October 9th at midnight

Before we go any further, here is a PSA: These wines are not for everybody, but the people that like them love them (and that’s ok!)

These wines are for you if you love…

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Light wines that are high in acid with a focus on texture. Think savoury and tart not sweet and jammy.

2018 Rousanne Marsanne Pétnat – $40.35

Tasting Notes: A golden colour and inviting aromas of honey on buttered toast, peaches and cream, toasted hazelnuts and spring blossoms. The palate is bone dry, a complement to a lively, persistent mousse and long finish. Expect notes of lemon curd, apple turnover and yellow plum.

This sparkling wine is 95% Roussanne and 5% Marsanne from a sustainably farmed vineyard in Osoyoos. It is barrel fermented dry then hand bottled. Secondary
fermentation completed in the bottle and aged 8 months sur lie.
Tasting Notes: Sunny freshly squeezed orange juice, ripe apricots and chamomile with a cloudy appearance. Crisp with lots of layered texture, integrated tannins and a long, lively finish, this wine tastes like peach skin, juicy pineapple with lemon peel.

Flux Capacitor is a blend of 60% Pinot Blanc, 25% Roussanne, 10% Muscat, 5% Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The grapes are destemmed, whole and crushed then wild fermented on the skins for 2 months in stainless steel before spending 7 months in used puncheons.

Not all natural wines are created equal but I enjoyed this #orange more than I thought I would maybe it’s the Back to the Future generation in me? How can you not groove to the Flux Capacitor. Pinot Blanc, roussanne, muscat with skin contact. Delicious tropical scents Cloudy in a good way. yummy flavours of grapefruit. – Editor
Tasting Notes: A delicate nose. You may find citrus peel, white flowers, grapefruit marmelade and orange pekoe tea. Despite a light body, the palate is highly concentrated and intensely textured with fresh and bitter tannins. Look for notes of juicy mandarin, chalky Flinstone vitamins and bay leaf with a long, mouthwatering finish.

This single-vineyard Pinot Blanc is certified organic and grown in Oliver. It is fermented wild as whole berries and skin-fermented 5 months in stainless steel then aged in barrel for 15 months in new and used puncheons.
Tasting Notes: A perfumed and floral nose of dried black plum, black tea, forest floor, dried herbs, aniseed and a hint of pepper. This wine is light-bodied with textured layers and length with notes of soft plum skin and wet stone.
This Gamay comes from a single vineyard in West Kelowna. Whole clusters were naturally fermented. Semi-carbonic maceration took place for 3 weeks with increased punch-downs as fermentation progressed. It is barrel-aged 8 months in used puncheons & barriques.

Important dates: VIP’s can order early on Monday, October 7th and all members on Tuesday until Wednesday night at midnight.

Why We Chose Rigour & Whimsy:

At Rigour & Whimsy, the winemaking philosophy is very minimally interventionist. They harvest the grapes early so you can expect light wines that are low in alcohol, high in acid with a focus on texture. These are wines that are more savoury and tart, while specifically the Orange Wines are textured and tannic. You may even mistake the Gamay for a Rose despite spending three weeks macerating. These wines are not for everybody, but the people that like them love them.

This is the first collaboration between OWC and Rigour & Whimsy and we couldn’t be more excited. Rigour & Whimsy is finally making enough wine to share it a little more broadly, and they look forward to getting to know those of you that are interested in what they are up to. Cheers!

Editor’s note: I have tried two of these four wines and I did enjoy one more than the other. That being said when I tried the Pinot Blanc I was completely new to this style of winemaking and that probably had a lot to do with my thoughts on the wine. In retrospect I think it definitely is worth another try.

Please visit Okanagan Wine Club for more information on how to join and all the details. I think you will find it a unique way to discover and purchase BC Wines.

Information and images provided by the Okanagan Wine Club. A great way to buy, try your old favourites and explore BC Wines that are new to you.

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