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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

Fizz-tastic: The many expressions of the grapes of Champagne

The green Chardonnay grapes bounce down the sorting table and up into the crusher. It’s the first vintage at Penticton’s new urban winery, Time, and these grapes are destined for sparkling wine. Chardonnay grapes originate in the Champagne region of France, together with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Whether as a single varietal or in a blend, still table wines are a beautiful expressions of these grapes, but they can also sparkle. Choosing a sparkling makes you confront a lexicon of luxury, full of French words that seem to add to the elegance of this...

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It’s worth the ask: Do you have library wine for sale?

Whenever you're invited down to a cellar, say yes. Your palate is in for an adventure. It may be a fresh young wine offered by the winemaker for an early tasting straight from the barrel or perhaps a well aged bottle showing its age in all the right ways. Nk’Mip Cellars in Osoyoos recently hosted a cellar tasting of their library wines. And what's a library wine you ask? "Library wine” can refers to any wine that is being kept or cellared away. Often though it is part of a collection, where a winery is keeping a collection of each vintage year and...

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