Wine – 2005 Lake Breeze Vineyards Semillon, Okanagan Valley

06242007.jpgRecently we tried the La Frenz Semillon and that got me thinking about BC Semillon (an odd train of thought since I generally dislike BC wines–honestly) and as I was perusing the wine list at Bouchons Bistro in Kelowna I was hoping to find this wine to share with my friends. I noticed they had the La Frenz Viognier, but I asked Richard if he had any Semillon stashed away. He suggested I try the Lake Breeze Semillon. He had me sold when he mentioned it was a BC Semillon done in a French style. That sounded interesting.

This citrus-filled Semillon had just enough acidity to stand up to both my soupe aux poissons and the duck confit (both excellent). The Lake Breeze Semillon has less lush fruit compared to the La Frenz variation on this Semillon theme. I would love to see the soil these vines are grown in because there was certainly a mineral element to this wine that reminded me of France. I could not wait to get home and have Sean try a bottle. I searched high and low in Kelowna for one but ended up finding some at Liberty at Granville Island ($21.99 but sells for $17.99 from the winery–enough said!).

This evening we were craving tuna and this seemed like just the right wine. After scavenging at the market, we came home with two beautiful tuna steaks, which we seared with a lime and chili crust and served over fettucini drizzled with Amelia Oil. The crisp clean flavours of the Lake Breeze Semillon were a good pairing for the fresh citrus and spicy edge of this tuna dish. It was one of the meals where wine and food came together to give us big silly grins.

Slowly, slowly I am coming around to BC wines, but I realise you really have to know what to choose because it is a dangeous jungle out there. I was about to give up after a recent disastrous tour of Mission Hill, but it is good to know there are people like the folks at Bouchons that have their fingers on the heart beat of the Okanagan.

$18-22 here in BC (depending on where you find it).

3 1/2 stars

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