Vancouver Sun wine expert Anthony Gismondi's news from the wine and food world, recommended B.C. wine of the week, and a wine to add to your cellar.
After seven years of owning and operating the Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove in the Okanagan, Paul and Sheila Jones have decided to move on to the next chapter in their lives.
The restaurant will be taken-over by the Poplar Grove Winery team. The Holler family owners of Poplar Grove say: “Integrating the staff at the winery and the restaurant will enhance the guest experience at Poplar Grove. We have exciting plans for the restaurant coming up in 2020, but in the near term, it’s business as usual.”
For special events, multi-course tasting menus are available. For reservations call 250.493.9643 or visit poplargrove.ca.
• From 2005-2013, Church & State produced a highly regarded icon red blend known as Quintessential.
You are invited to experience all nine vintages carefully conserved by the British Columbia Wine Appreciation Society at a special vertical tasting on Oct. 20.
First, some backstory: the Pullen family sold the Church & State brand, winery, and (Saanich & Black Sage Bench) tasting rooms in 2017, while retaining selected South Okanagan vineyards. The Pullens have now launched Second Chapter Wine Co., producing a new range of wines from the same vineyards they have worked for years. The evening begins with a rare 1999 Church & State Sparkling Wine.
It all happens from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the False Creek Yacht Club, 1661 Granville Street (at the foot of Granville Street). Tickets are $80/$90 for members/guests via e-transfer (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or cheque, or $85/$95 by PayPal at bcwas.org. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to the attendees list.
B.C. wine of the week
Painted Rock Malbec 2016, Skaha Bench, Okanagan Valley
$44.99 | 92/100
A blockbuster Malbec, this Skaha version is awash in black fruit and spice. The dry, desert Skaha environment may not be Andean but the proximity to the lake and cool summer nights have stoked its florals and acidity to keep it on point. Another level above the C.C. Jentsch and the Hillside, this tells an impressive Okanagan tale. Big, boisterous and ready to go, this must be tamed with a grilled piece of lamb, or spend another decade in the cellar.
Wine for the cellar
Luca Old Vine Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina
$45.99 | 92/100
The Luca wines are the passion of Laura Catena (and the name of her son). Laura was instrumental in the push toward making small quantities of terroir-based wine as a natural extension of the Catena’s years of research into Mendoza’s high altitude vineyards. In the supercool year of 2016, it is the floral mineral highlights that dominate giving this label a real sense of Malbec purity. The tannins are highly refined, dense and sweet; they set the stage for spicy coffee cocoa flecked back fruit with terrific acidity. Longer and more linear than in warm years, this bottle is very food-friendly. Think wild game, steak, lamb and medium-strong cheeses. Good value.
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