Archive for August, 2009

2006 Oliver Twist Merlot

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

2006 Oliver Twist Merlot

I bought this bottle in May 2008 during a trip to Osoyoos.  When we visited the winery, I had not had any of their wines before.

The owner of the winery, Bruce Hagerman, did the tasting for us.  I was quite impressed with their wines, especially for a winery I had barely heard of.  He warned us that this wine had just been bottled, and was therefore quite young when we tasted it.  He suggested that we should hold it for at least 6 months before cracking it.  Although it did taste very young, we bought a bottle in the hopes that it would mellow and blend with age.  After the 6 months, I had trouble finding a time to justify opening it.  This past week I finished an incredibly difficult taxation class and thought a summer BBQ to celebrate my completion of the course was the best time.

I was quite surprised with how well this wine aged after just over a year.  It had mellowed a little bit more than I expected and was incredibly smooth (possibly due to the unexpectedly hot summer we had).  I would say this wine was close to its best and now would be an excellent time to open one if you happen to have one.

Well received and very enjoyable.


What Is Your Favourite BC Wine Region?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Thought I’d try out a poll… I am somewhat biased to the Oliver / Osoyoos area. Because I have family that lives up there, I have visited most of the wineries in that area. Ultimately, this means I have not visited any other area in as much depth as I have this area. Next year, however, I do plan to visit the Naramata / Penticton area to expand my horizons.

So what is your favourite BC wine region?

The Wine I Never Got to Drink

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment


About a week ago a friend of my wife’s flew in to town for the weekend for a quick visit.  As she hadn’t seen her parents in a while, we all went to her parents house for some wine, music, and to catch up on stories.  Knowing that our friend’s parents enjoy wine, I brought a bottle of 2005 Nk’mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt (reserve) Pinot Noir.

I had picked up this bottle on our trip to Osoyoos back in May and was looking forward to it.  I’m not a fan of Nk’mip wines, but this one stuck out for me.  And I had to pay a premium to get it too.

So I brought it along and set it on the table with the other wines when we got there.  There was another bottle of some South African wine already open that they were serving, so I just set mine aside for a while and had some of theirs.  It seemed that there was enough wine, so I decided at some point in the night to leave my bottle unopened and save it for another time.

We ended up having a great night sitting outside around a fire, telling stories, singing songs, and enjoying good company.  In no time at all it was incredibly late and time to leave.  When we got up to get all our things together, all I could find of my wine was the empty bottle sitting in the sink.  I couldn’t imagine how it had gotten that way.  There were only about 8 of us there, so I surely would have seen someone pouring a glass.  I had switched to beer by that point, so I don’t even know if I did have any of it.  Had I seen it open, I would have been sure to have a glass.

But, I imagine this happens to everyone from time to time.  So here’s to that bottle of wine that I never got to drink.