Summer Sippers is over but summer sure isn’t!  Take a look at these great summer wines we tasted at our last event and give one (or all) a try on your patio this summer. Our Summer Sippers event was a lot of fun with a great group of members.  Starting off with a little white sangria to welcome everyone to the event we moved on to a blind tasting with 6 different wines from Canada, France and Spain.  We started off with a crowd-pleasing sparkling wine from BC.  The Bub from Haywire in the Okanagan is made in the Traditional Method and is crisp and fresh, with citrus and toasty notes and light effervescence.  From there we moved on to two rose wines, one from France and the other from Spain.  The French rose from Provence was an overwhelming favourite and one of the top rated wines of the event.  Miraval has a light pink colour but well balanced flavours of berries with perfect minerality and crisp acidity – perfect for summer days and nights!  Our Spanish rose is a great everyday rose, darker in colour and full of fruit, this is a great value rose.  From our rose we moved on to some great whites, the first another Spanish wine from the Catalunya region.  Viña Esmeralda is a fragrant wine that is a mix of Moscatel and Gewürtztraminer, light and fresh this wine scored the highest of our event and with a price of $16 is sure to fill some fridges and become a frequent addition to our summer wine repertoire!  Next the wine that always tricks people – a never guessed Chardonnay from Gray Monk.  This wine is an unoaked Chardonnay providing bright citrus and tropical flavours.  Lastly was our summer red wine.  This varietal I have longed to give a good chance as I will admit in the past I had often said that I don’t care for these wines.  After much reading and learning a bit more about the wines I had previously tried I decided there was bound to be much more to Beaujolais than meets the eye.  In the past I had tried Beaujolais Nouveau the lowest of the three tiers of this region.  After the Nouveau wines come Beaujolais Villages and finally Cru Beaujolais.  For our event I chose a Cru Beaujolais. Maison des Bulliats is a small family run domaine of predominantly 50 year old Gamay vines.  The wines tastes of bright red berries, smooth tannin and a bit of black pepper.  Served slightly chilled this is a perfect summer red wine!

                                                                                       Average Group Score:
1.  Haywire, The Bub                                                                                 3.6/5
2.  Campo Viejo, Tempranillo Rose                                                         3.2/5
3.  Miraval Rose                                                                                          4.1/5
4.  Torres, Viña Esmeralda                                                                        4.2/5
5.  Gray Monk, Unwooded Chardonnay                                                 3.6/5
6.  Maison des Bulliats Regnie Beaujolais                                              3.8/5