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Our Foch vines, planted in the 1960s by Ann’s father Bert, produce low yields with intense, complex flavours. This rustic wine is made with smoky BBQs and long summer evenings in mind; or hearty braised dishes and cold winter nights.
Awards & Ratings
This wine was featured in the monthly Wine Club in February 2017.
Geographical Indication: Okanagan Valley, B.C.
Vineyard: Estate Vineyard
Cases Produced: 275
Appearance: Very dark purple throughout, slight haze.
Nose: Fresh earth, carved roast beef, pastrami, Cassis and roasted chestnuts.
Palate: Very intense concentration with black cherry, black currants, roasted almonds, stewed dates, and a good lashing of dark, dusty cocoa on the finish.
Quality: An excellent example of this heritage hybrid variety, potentially one of the best in the country.
Food pairings: New York striploin, bison tenderloin, Tandoori chicken, dark chocolate, stinky cheeses.
Wine Writer’s Comment:
Once it was proven in the 1980’s that the Okanagan Valley could ripen vitis vinifera grape varieties (with household names like Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay), the vast majority of previously planted labrusca and hybrid varieties (known to occasionally be a little funky and gamey) were quickly pulled from area vineyards. That makes hybrids still grown in the region quite rare but also an important nod to the history of the British Columbian wine industry. Most Marechal Foch wines can be a little too high on the funk for me, which is why I was absolutely delighted upon splashing into Sperling’s take on the grape. This is pretty much Christmas pudding in a glass with a little meaty side dish for good measure. Who knew something with such history could be a game-changer?
- Kurtis Kolt, The Georgia Straight