Gehringer Brothers Winery on the Golden Mile in Oliver has played a big part in the evolution of the BC wine industry. Their wines have been consistently recognized in competitions from year to year and they have a loyal following of customers who appreciate both their quality wines and their reasonable prices. The 2014 “Old Vines” Auxerrois was awarded a Best of Class and a Gold Medal at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Awards as well as a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. These 30-year-old vines have produced a wine that is a mellow gold in the glass with a nose filled with honey, grapefruit and mineral notes. The firm, mineral notes follow through on the palate with soft, ripe
Gala apple characteristics to round it out. The finish is silky, presenting notes of white grapefruit zest, candied lemon, soft apple and more minerals. The Auxerrois grape is named for its origins in the town of Auxerre, France. There are now between 800 to 1000 acres planted in Germany, although it is still primarily used for blending. It is beginning to achieve recognition as a fabulous wine in its own right. The 2014 Dry Rock Unoaked Chardonnay has also been a consistent performer on the competition front, bringing home a Bronze Medal from the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Awards and another Bronze Medal from the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. The wine is light gold in the glass with a bright nose that is loaded with ripe apples and just a little bit peachy. The palate is fresh and bright as well, with more ripe apple, as well as notes of pineapple, butter and cream. The finish is creamy with soft lemon notes.