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2006 Nk’Mip Merlot

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment

2006 Nk'Mip MerlotI was in Osoyoos for the weekend visiting some family and during our Saturday night dinner we all shared a bottle of 2006 Nk’Mip Merlot.  Until last year, I wasn’t very familiar with Nk’Mip wines, but I’ve gotten to taste quite a few of them this year, and have been pleasantly surprised.  Their winery is actually just down the street from my mother-in-law’s place, so it’s an easy stop-off when we’re pressed for time.  Their facility is actually quite incredible.  They have an executive 9-hole golf course, campground, Patio restaurant, resort & spa, and a cultural centre.  You can read all about it HERE.  If you’re in the area, it is definitely worth stopping by.  I fully intend to play a round of golf there this summer, if I can find the time.

The wine was quite good.  Generally, I prefer their reserve wines (Qwam Qwmt), but this one was good.  Quite a wet wine and not too sweet.  We had it with a pot roast, which it complemented quite well.  Enjoyable for sure.


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2006 Nk’Mip QwAM QwMT Meritage

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

2006 Nk'Mip Meritage

Last night, I cracked a bottle of 2006 Nk’Mip QwAM QwMT Meritage with some friends. My mother-in-law, who lives in Osoyoos, gave us this bottle in the summer after she had visited the winery, which is walking distance from her place. My wife and I had visited Nk’Mip back in May, but picked up the pinot noir instead of this one. For those of you who don’t know, QwAM QwMT is their version of reserve.

According to Nk’Mip, this meritage consists of 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon, and 10% cabernet franc. And this is their reserve label. In any case, I think we all enjoyed this wine.

Overall, good wine. Definitely enjoyable and well received by a group with quite varied tastes. Would definitely try it again.

The Wine I Never Got to Drink

August 8, 2009 Leave a comment

NkMipQwamQwmtPinotNoir

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.