Cowichan Valley New Wine Releases 2016


Check out these new releases for Spring 2016 from our regions wineries.

Blue GrouseQuill Pinot Noir 2014 – $23
Blue Grouse
This wine is a newcomer to our Quill line with all the grapes sourced from the Cowichan Valley- young and high density plantings. A true Cowichan Pinot Noir. This wine has aromas of forest and fir, sour cherry with fine tannins on the palate, mixed with sweet spice and clove. It’s somewhat juicy and similar to a fresh cherry pie. Pair this wine with BBQ salmon, roasted chicken or wild mushroom risotto.

Emandare SB2015

2015 Sauvignon Blanc – $30
Emandare Vineyard
Our Sauvignon Blanc is a truly unique expression of Emandare’s nature. Produced from the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines on Vancouver Island, the grapes were hand harvested and processed using natural wine making methods. Enjoy sweet orchard fruit and ripe melon flavours accompanied by hints of fresh kiwi and lime. A beautifully balanced wine made to be shared.

2015 Allegro – $20

Unsworth Vineyards
This light bodied, fresh and crisp white reflects Vancouver Island’s most celebrated viticultural elements. Equal parts of organically grown Petit Milo and Sauvignette, blended to achieve inviting floral aromatics with a honeydew melon and citrus palate. Serve chilled as a patio wine, or enjoy as the perfect match for East meets West cuisine incorporating curry and spice into light summer fare dishes.

bottle-siegrebbe-2015cSiegerrebe – $20

Rocky Creek Winery
Our Island unique varietal. Great sipper wine as well as foodie wine. This wine has been made dry; but with the softness of the grape varietal, has sometimes an “off dry” feel. The Siegerrebe’s flavour is reminiscent of Gewerztraminer. The aroma for this wine has floral and spice. It has hues of blonde honey and aromas of rose petals, tangerine and anise. The flavours are lychee nuts, spicy grapefruit, and pear. This varietal is great for the island because it is early ripening and one of the less acidic grapes. We used to use this to balance our other wines. Now it shows very well alone as a unique varietal. Small batches. Asparagus risotto, spicy fish tacos, clam chowder.

gwertz 2014Gewurztraminer 2014 – $27.90

Cherry Point Estate Wines
A limited release and a classic Cherry Point Estate Wines’ wine has a delicate flower bouquet with luscious lychee and peach notes. Beautiful pairing with gentle Asian dishes, sushi and sweet summer fruits.

Zanatta Winery New ReleaseAllegria Rose Brut – $ 25.55

Zanatta Winery
Allegria’s first release was the spring of 1998. It was named in honour of my late sister Ileana. For 17 years we have continued the tradition of producing this intense ruby rose. Produced from our Pinot Nero grapes harvested in 2014. A hot year producing a complex full bodied wine, while expressing blueberry and raspberry notes. As the name suggests this wine is a celebration wine, tight and abundant bubbles burst forth with the pop of every cork. The long lingering finish makes this wine the perfect pairing for rich creamy deserts especially those that include strawberries!


Somenos Rose 20152015 Somenos Rose – $15
Averill Creek Vineyards
100% Pinot Noir, Estate Grown, BC VQA. Deliciously Fruity & Refreshingly Dry! Aromatic, with notes of sweet cherry, rose petal, strawberries & cream. Bright & crisp, with flavours of ripe red berries, vanilla & a splash of tangy citrus. Enjoy chilled, as an aparatif, or alongside a wide range of cuisine including salmon, poultry, charcuterie or cheese.


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