Photo: Moon Curser's Beata and Chris Tolley
It is axiomatic that wine is best enjoyed in the company of other wine lovers.
Recently, a neighbour provided that opportunity. He asked if I could lead a tasting for his house guests, knowing that I am always reviewing wine samples from
I don’t want to suggest he was being cheap. He was just being realistic. Like many wine reviewers, I appreciate neighbours who pitch in to finish the wines. I cannot drink them all by myself and, these days, most of the wines are too good to dump.
His guests, all of them wine lovers, included a staff member of the Metropolitan Opera and a young couple who live in
They were intensely curious about British
Columbia wine which they never get to taste.
By good fortune, I had samples from
Curser Vineyards, which was opened in 2006 by Beata and Chris
Tolley. Having planted varieties different from the Okanagan mainstream, they
produce some of the most interesting wines in the Okanagan. The South Americans
had some familiarity with Malbec and Carmenère. Many of the other varietals
were novel to my tasting companions.
I did not take all of the wines below to the neighbourhood tasting; it would have made for a very long (if pleasant) night. But we shared six. The guests went away with a positive appreciation of British Columbian wines.
The favourite wine of the evening was
Curser’s Tempranillo, a red made with a Spanish varietal
gaining traction in the Okanagan.
Here are my notes.