Spring arrived much later this year, but the 2017 vintage is now back on track. Owner Walter Gehringer explains, “We’re still ahead of the latest that we’ve ever been. And, if the growing season continues favorably, we should have similar results to previous later vintages. The vineyard location and vine management will impact different flavour profiles. Terroir characteristics are actually more evident in challenging growing seasons.” This is a good thing.
After many years, the Gehringer Brothers tasting room, also one of the oldest tasting rooms in the wine country, has expanded to include a second tasting bar to meet demand. This Golden Mile pioneer winery is also one of the biggest award winners in our industry, check out their website to see the very long list of accolades listed by year (www.gehringerwines.ca). Plan a visit to taste the newest winners from the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.
Wine Festival Awards:
2016 Ehrenfelser – Gold medal
2016 Unoaked Chardonnay – Silver medal
2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Best of Varietal
2016 Private Reserve Pinot Noir:
$14.99 – The 2016 Pinot Noir is hard to beat. Aromas of bright red cherries and strawberries stretch out to a palate of cherries, cocoa, and allspice. It is an extremely silky and smooth version of Pinot Noir and has a pleasing long finish.
$12.99 – This gold medal winning Ehrenfelser has huge aromas of fruit salad, honeydew melons, flowers, and minerals. It has a smooth textured mid-palate is a perfect crowd-pleasing white wine suitable for any occasion from casual to formal.