2008 Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc

08252009OK, so let’s keep the BC wines posts going for at least one more wine. This is one that came completely out of left field for me. When we visited Quails’ Gate Winery on the weekend and Peter, our very friendly tasting room host offered a taste of this wine, I was thinking, “Yeah, yeah… a BC Chenin Blanc. This’ll suck.” One sip and I was thinking, “Holy crap, this is tasty stuff.”

It’s got a nose that offers up a heap of crisp pear, grapefruit and a slate-like mineral edge. A big sip gives a load of the pear, melon, grapefruit and a long finish. Wow. There is a bit of blending going on here – there’s 92% Chenin Blanc and 8% Sauvignon Blanc in there to add a bit of fresh crispness. It’s a great bottle of wine to sip with a summer salad, fish, shellfish, poultry or even as an aperitif.

It was funny. The secret’s out. When we got back to Candace’s parent’s place her Dad, Robert, wanted me to try a white he liked… he poured me a glass of this wine. Like it? I totally agree. I really like it.

As they proudly point out on their site, “Quails’ Gate 2007 Chenin Blanc was the exclusive British Columbia wine served to US President Barack Obama during his luncheon with Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday in Ottawa.” It accompanied menu selections including Pacific coast yellowfin tuna and maple and miso cured Nunavut wild Arctic char. Mmmm… sounds like a great pairing.

If you’re lucky enough to find this wine in your local shop, grab a few bottles and take it home to enjoy. You’ll be glad you did.

$18.99 at the winery.

4 stars