Posted By:Benjamin Norris, Author at Okanagan Wine Club
As the mercury starts to plummet in our thermometers, we begin longing for warmth, for comfort, and for long evenings huddled in front of an open fire. The bright and airy days of summer begin to feel like a distant memory, and those balmy afternoons sipping at sharp, light white wines and rosés have faded with the darkening of the skies.
Winter is all about those wines whic ...Read More
As the days grow shorter and the mercury begins to plummet in our thermometers, is there anything finer to eat at the end of a long, chilly day than a delicious, warming bowl of soup? It’s the ultimate versatile food - almost any ingredient can be cooked through and blended to produce a highly satisfying, hearty dinner that spreads through the body like your own interior central heating system. However, if you’re the kind of person who c ...Read More
Amazingly varied, incredibly expressive and endlessly fascinating, Riesling is a true white wine lover’s grape varietal. In restaurants and wine bars from Brooklyn to Berlin, from Osaka to right here in Okanagan, this Germanic grape has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years, as a new generation of wine fans have discovered its charms and have been utterly seduced by its myriad qualities.
Today, the possibilities of what one can do scientifically with grapes and grapevines is almost limitless. The progress made in the natural sciences have been dazzling and dizzying, to say the least, and every bottle of wine we drink has benefited from our greater understanding of how to produce more characterful, flavourful and aromatic fruit.
It’s impossible to talk about ...Read More
The other day, I heard for perhaps the thousandth time in my life the following cliche: “Oh, X is like fine wine… it gets better with age”, where X usually refers to a person, self-conscious about the fact that none of us are getting any younger. This got me asking myself the following questions: does all fine wine improve with age? Do any poor quality wines also improve with age? Which wines - if any - are best drunk young and ...Read More