716 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 5 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE
Eventually the Baesslers bought out the Herder winery and have not
looked back. This year alone they have won 14 medals at various wine competitions,
including many golds. And their Chasselas won in Switzerland,
much to the consternation of Swiss wineries, until they learned the winemaker
was of Swiss extraction. They reasoned that blood will tell, I suppose.
Now to the wines, from these winemakers and one other. The wines are
all from B.C. this time. None are available at the LDB stores, but they can be
obtained in person at the wineries, or online from each winery, or in
BCVQA and other private wine stores. I have seen them in the recently created
wine sections at Superstore and Save-On Foods.
THORNHAVEN INFUSION FRIZZANTE 2016
BCVQA Okanagan Valley #441667 $19.98
While not from the wineries of our winemakers, I start with this fun carbonated
blend of Chardonnay, Orange Muscat and Riesling from a Summerland
winery. The wine has a Prosecco quality to it. The nose is floral with
peaches, orange citrus and tropical fruit while the palate displays ripe stone
fruit with pear and some minerality on the structured finish. It is a good sipper
on its own, but will go well with a range of appies, including sushi or
fresh oysters or a cheese plate—or cracked crab or lobster.
CHABERTON ESTATE WINERY RESERVE SIEGERREBE 2016
BCVQA Fraser Valley #500926 $16.75 (+ taxes)
Siegerrebe (literally “victory vine” in German) is a white wine grape that is
grown primarily in Germany, but also in the northern part of the Okanagan,
Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley. It is a newer variety, created by a
German viticulturist in 1929 by crossing Madeleine Angevine and Gewürztraminer.
The B.C. versions from these cooler climate areas are generally
worth looking for. This one has a floral nose of jasmine mixed with tropical
fruit (mango and passion fruit) and on the palate shows light citrus with
very full tropical fruit. It is slightly off-dry and has a “lip-smacking” finish.
The winery recommends pairing it with spicy prawn dishes, white meats
(grilled or pan-fried) and strong cheeses. Sounds good to me. Southeast
Asian food or Indian are other good choices.
CHABERTON ESTATE WINERY RESERVE GAMAY NOIR 2016
BCVQA Fraser Valley #34473 $19.49 (+ taxes)
Again from the vineyard at the winery, this lighter Gamay (with an alcohol
content of 11.8 per cent) opens on the nose with a waft of black pepper fol-