Tying the knot with BC wines

We’ve been gone for about a month. No new postings on winecouver.ca, and very few updates to our @winecouver twitter stream. Are we lazy? Perhaps, but we have a better excuse: on August 14th, Mr and Miss Winecouver became Mr and Mrs Winecouver. That’s right, two wine cellars have now become one.

Since Mrs Winecouver’s family is from Australia, we decided on a destination wedding to allow us to spend as much time as possible with our out-of-town guests. The venue was Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, home of N’Kmip Cellars. (Luckily, we didn’t have to serve any wine from the resident winery.) We took the opportunity to showcase our favorite BC wines. Here’s what we served with each course:

Hors d’oeuvres

Blue Mountain Sparkling Wine NV, $24 (winery), $28 (Marquis), $30 (EW)


2009 Laughing Stock Pinot Gris, $19.50 (winery – sold out)

Risotto & Halibut

2009 Laughing Stock Pinot Gris, $19.50 (winery – sold out)

Lamb Osso Bucco & slow-cooked Pork Belly

2007 Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc, $33 (winery – sold out)
2007 Poplar Grove Syrah, $30 (winery), $50 (EW)

Local Artisan cheeses, fresh fruit & Australian specialty chocolates

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port, $69 (BC LDB), $69 (EW)

It was a great night of wine and food. We went through 17 out of 18 bottles of the Laughing Stock Pinot Gris, an extremely versatile wine due to it’s strong acidity and slightly off-dry finish. Make sure to buy some before it sells out next year. It was a real favorite in the +35ºC heat.

From the reds, the Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc was devoured, with only 1 bottle remaining from our case. I spotted a few “wine hunters” tracking down unfinished bottles at other tables once the dancing started.

BC wines really do show well, especially when attention is given to the food being served alongside them. We had some very wine savvy guests: Aussies who prefer big Shiraz’s and Cabernet Sauvignons; British guests used to drinking fine Champagne and Bordeaux wines at rock bottom prices. The BC Wines held up well in the sparkling, food-friendly white, and restrained red categories. However, for dessert wine we turned to Portugal. Although there are some great BC fortified wines, nothing yet comes close to the value proposition of real Port. Plus, ice wine is still too damn expensive.

Eat, drink and be merry!

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