We are on day 6 already and the calendar doesn’t show any signs of slowing down so we can all catch up. My advice is to do your holiday shopping early this year. Avoid the crowds and the rush and pick-up some wines from local Cowichan Valley winery Blue Grouse.
Easy drinking, affordable wines to serve when the gang or family drop by. Always a good idea to keep at least a couple on hand. These wines are our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions.
Quill 2018 Off Dry White
Gewürztraminer 30% I Siegerrebe 28.5% I Chasselas 24.2% I Riesling 14.2% I Schönburger 3.1%
This lively blend came to us from a reputable grower in east Kelowna. It consists of aromatic grapes that lend themselves to an off dry style. No malolactic fermentation took place.
This medium bodied wine boasts generous aromas of granny smith apple, peach and citrus. The palate picks up flavours of sweet peach, pear and honey to complete this nicely balanced wine.
Enjoy with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine, lightly poached pears or taking in the sun on a warm summer day.
2017 Quill Q Red
Cabernet Franc 47% | Merlot 28% | Marechal Foch 25%
All grapes were fermented separately. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were soaked for 2 days and then heated. They began fermentation naturally, but a high brix reading caused us to inoculate with cultured yeast half way through so they would ferment to dryness. The Marechal Foch was immediately inoculated and finished fermenting to dryness in 8 days. The wines were pressed separately and racked to a combination of American and French oak barrels. Each of the three wines were aged for 12 months in barrel and then the individual components blended to create this wine.
This robust red wine exhibits aromas of caramel, black cherry and licorice with rich cocoa and cloves on the finish.
Crank up the BBQ and pair this wine with grilled steak, ribs or lamb burgers.
The Blue Grouse Estate Winery’s philosophy evolves from the concept of “stewardship”, where our aim is to make everything we touch better when we leave it, than it was when we found it. We apply this to training our team of employees, the environment that hosts our vineyard and home, the vines we grow, the wines we make, the infrastructure which supports the winery and vineyard, and the economics of our business model – everything.
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We ask ourselves daily “What Really Matters”? We care deeply about family and friends, living a long and healthy life, simplicity (doing a few things, but doing them very well), humility, honesty, and stewardship. We believe all of this together will make the Blue Grouse experience a lasting one.
We want you to remember us because you were at a beautiful place, on a beautiful day (rain or shine), with people you love – an experience we hope to perfect with just the right wine.
Information, images and tasting notes courtesy of the winery. I received one bottle of each wine in order to facilitate this feature. Any opinions are my own.