The Grand Finale of the first series of three Episodes took place on Wednesday, June 3rd. If you missed it just head over to @mijunepak on Instagram.
Each episode was a lot of fun to watch and at the same time learn a little bit more about wine from some local sommeliers.
On June 3rd Mya Brown, Wine Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim; Bryant Mao, Wine Director Hawksworth and Nightingale restaurants; and Lisa Haley, Sommelier & Management Consultant at Lisa Anne Haley Consulting went head to head.
It was so much fun!
For the Grand Finale we got to find out who the overall winner was. (Spoiler alert: winner revealed at the end of this article)
The wines that were blind tasted on the first, second, third and finale episode of Mijune Pak: Wine Wednesdays are all available to ship to your door, or purchase in select BC Liquor Stores (for a limited time)
Here are the three wines from the finale on June 3rd:
St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
Meyer Family Vineyards
OKANAGAN VALLEY PINOT NOIR
The fruit is sourced from six different vineyards in the Okanagan Valley. The combination of these different vineyards each having their own unique aspect, elevation and soils has produced a well-rounded Pinot Noir that showcases the Okanagan as a whole.
- Winemaker Notes
- At the winery the fruit was gently de-stemmed via gravity into small open top fermenters and allowed to cold soak. After cold soaking, an indigenous ferment began lasting 18-28 days peaking at 30C; gentle hand plunging of the must was done throughout. After a post maceration period the wine was gently pressed and then spent eight months in 100% older seasoned French oak barrels.
- Vineyard Notes
- The fruit is sourced from six different vineyards in the Okanagan Valley; our estate vineyard on McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls; Teasdale Road Vineyard in South East Kelowna; Cellarsbend Vineyard on the Naramata Bench; Lakehill Road Vineyard and Windy Ridge Vineyard in Kaleden; and Anarchist Mountain Vineyard in Osoyoos. The combination of these different vineyards each having their own unique aspect, elevation and soils has produced a well-rounded Pinot Noir that showcases the Okanagan as a whole.
Hard to pronounce and even more difficult to spell, the Moraine Gewürztraminer will leave a lasting impression. The grapes were harvested on a cool October 2017 morning to keep them fresh and their aromas untouched. It was immediately cluster sorted and pressed. It then went through cold fermentation at 15 C in a stainless steel tank to unleash varietal floral aromas and taste.
Made in the desired Alsatian style, relish in exotic fruits and spice and liven the palate with lychee and rose water Turkish delight. Enjoy this wine with Asian inspired dishes or appreciate its complexities on its own.
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Mijune is an international food and travel personality, founder of FollowMeFoodie.com and resident judge on Top Chef Canada and Iron Chef Canada. As an advocate for culinary tourism, The Sunday Times named her one of the “World’s Most Extreme Foodies”. Mijune also judges The Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards, Bocuse d’Or Canada National Selections, Air Canada’s enRoute Best New Restaurants, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, Taste Canada Awards, BC Product of the Year Awards, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, and many other notable awards.
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Mijune [mē-june (like the month she was born in)] started her food and travel blog, FollowMeFoodie.com, in July 2009. Her hobby quickly turned into a full on career. It led her to her own “Follow Me Foodie” column in the WE Vancouver newspaper, regular segments on Global Morning News, CTV Morning Live and other media outlets. She has also served on the BC Chef’s Association’s Board of Directors. After establishing a credible reputation in Canada, Mijune’s expertise as a culinary adventurer has gained recognition on a global scale.
Alongside judging and on camera work, she is a curator and host for culinary and lifestyle events, public speaker, collaborator and spokesperson. This year she launched her first product – limited edition chocolate bars – which sold out on a daily basis. She is currently working on more products and will be releasing them soon.
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If you missed any of the episodes of Mijune Pak: Wine Wednesdays on Instagram Live you can read more here.
The overall winner of the Finale Episode on June 3rd was Mya Brown, Wine Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim.
The winner from Episode 3 was Lisa Haley, Sommelier & Management Consultant at Lisa Anne Haley Consulting. Haley goes on to compete in the final on June 3rd.
The winner from Episode 2 was Bryant Mao, Hawksworth Restaurant. Mao goes on to compete in the final on June 3rd.
Congratulations to the Episode 1 winner: Mya Brown, Fairmont Hotels. Brown goes on to compete in the final on June 3rd.
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Images courtesy of Mijune Pak. Bottle shots and tasting notes courtesy of the wineries.