Wine – Township 7’s 2007 Spring release party

The Saturday before I headed off to Washington & Oregon (April 15th), I headed out to Graham’s place in Langley and we drove to Township 7’s winery for their 2007 Spring release party. The place was packed. It was great to see local folks out supporting a local winery. It’s doubly good because not only is it a local winery, but one that is making some bloody tasty wine.

One of the first faces we saw there was that of Brad Cooper, Township 7’s winemaker. We’ve emailed back and forth a few times, but I hadn’t met him before. What a great guy. He filled us in on what was happening with the new wines and took us through what was being poured. He also introduced us to the winery’s owner, Mike Raffan.

They’re both passionate and optimistic about the direction in which the winery is headed. They’re all about quality and improving the wines with each vintage. More importantly, it just looks like they love what they do. That’s awesome to see.

One thing that was great to see was that they were using a review I had written about the Seven Stars Sparkling wine as the wine’s “shelf talker” – pretty cool. 🙂

While I was there, I picked up a bottle of their new Gewurztraminer, a bottle of their Viognier (also new), 2 bottles of the Semillon (one of my faves), a bottle of the Seven Stars sparkler (great wine) and a bottle of their Syrah (great, ripe dark fruit). I like what they’re doing.

Their wines are available in Vancouver at Taylorwood Wines, Kitsilano Wine Cellars and a few other private shops. If you see them, give a bottle (or a few) a try.

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