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Grown by a Doctor friend of Jason’s, in fact his affable vet. These grapes from his small, south facing 2 acre vineyard right on the lake in Summerland. ‘You go to Alsace, and this grape produces some of the most ethereal wines in the world. Outside Alsace? Hasn’t really happened.’ I’ve been known to say about this grape variety, especially in BC. This vineyard being close to Jason himself personally, he wanted to take this plot and grape to a next level so he aged the wine in two old French puncheons, were he kept it on their lees for 10 months with daily lees stirring going on. Effectively dry, in the sense it has no sugar, this Gew the way it’s meant to be. This ought to be your holiday time meal wine; this will crush with Turkey and fixings. As an aside, I’ve had 17 year bottle of Gew that Jason made back in the day and it was alive so if that wine can go 17 years, I feel this wine can go at least decade too. How about you have it over the holidays, mull it over then holla at yo boi here and we’ll go from there?
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Every wine has a story, but few can top this gew from Jason Parkes. The fruit is grown by the family vet on a small, two-acre on the lake at Summerland. Parkes claims there would be hell to pay if he upset the vet, so two, old, French puncheons were conscripted to store the wine on its lees for 10 months, with daily stirrings. The thing is, it’s bone dry, so rather than sipping it on the patio, pull out the roast chicken, or an onion tart, and prepare to be stunned. Floral, dried apricot, orange, pepper, ginger and more. It’s a bit geeky, but in a good way.
- – Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine April 6 2018