Photo: Mireille Sauvé,
Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international
organization that. For 25 years, has celebrated and supported women working in
the food and wine industry.
This fall, the very active Vancouver chapter has
released two wines – a red and a white and both selling for $25 a bottle. The
proceeds from the sale of these wines, which are in private wine stores and
restaurants, will be used by Les Dames to support the education of women
involved in the wine industry. The wine is also on www.dameswine.com. Some 6,240 bottles have been released.
The wines were made by Mireille
Sauvé, a Vancouver wine marketer and sommelier. She
was a previous scholarship
recipient through the Les Dames d’Escoffier
credits that contribution for allowing her to complete her dream of becoming a sommelier
– in fact Canada’s youngest female sommelier, graduating from George Brown
College in 1997.
Mireille worked established women within the industry to
source the grapes for the Dames Wine. Ann Sperling of Sperling Vineyards runs
the vineyard where many of the grapes were sourced. Katie Holmes of Summerhill
Winery and Janice Meyer Stevens from Meyer Family Vineyards also helped source
fruit and worked with Mireille from the cellar to the bottling line. In her
news releases, Mireille added that “these are just a few of the fine women
involved in the project.”
The wines were made at the Meyer winery under a custom crush
Here are notes on the wines.
Dames White 2015 ($25 for 327
cases). This is 80% Pinot Blanc, 10% Riesling and 10% Gewurztraminer. The wine
begins with a lively aroma of peach and pineapple. On the palate, its is bright
and refreshing with flavours of lemon, lime and apple. The finish is tangy. 90.
Dames Red 2013 ($25 for 173
cases). This is 70% organic Merlot and 30% organic Syrah. It begins with aromas
of cassis, cherry and blueberry which are echoed on the palate. Medium-bodied
with soft tannins, it is a juicy and drinkable red. 88.