Advertisement

Select Page

Taster’s Choice: Fortified Wine Reviews

Taster’s Choice: Fortified Wine Reviews

Showcasing spirited wines from BC and around the globe, the five star rating system stresses value for price.

The View Kelowna StilettoRecline-RidgeRecline Ridge 2011 Ridgeport
Tappen, British Columbia
StarStarStarStar 1/2 $23.90
A rendering of Maréchal Foch aged in French oak, Graydon Ratzlaff fortifies with a finished brandy for finesse. Nuances of fig, prune, dried cherry, dark chocolate, walnut and cigar box warm the cockles. Partners plum pudding, festive fruit and nut cake.

 

The View Stiletto Fortified Fruit Wine
Kelowna, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar$19.90
Made from Okanagan Valley Rainier cherries and tawny in the glass, Stiletto shows delicacy and complexity. Elegant flavours of cherry, fig, butterscotch, almond and chocolate with tartness balancing richness. Calls for finest dark chocolate.

 

 

 

Maverick wine OliverVerdhelo Blandy's madeiraMaverick 2012 Sofia
Oliver, Okanagan Valley
StarStarStarStar$30
Made by winemaker Roger Wong from grapes grown in the “Two Wongs Make a White” vineyard in Oyama, this charmer exudes freshness and fragrance. Near-dry palate exhibits honeysuckle, green apple, orange peel and pineapple. Relishes canapés and fish terrine.

 

Blandy’s 5 Year Old Verdelho Medium Dry Madeira
Funchal, Portugal
StarStarStarStar1/2 $29.99
From a grape variety that makes medium-bodied Madeira between drier Sercial and sweeter Bual. A caramel-hued sensory delight, it exhibits notes of raisin, caramel, orange peel, smoky oak and walnut. Chilled with soups or, after dinner, with nuts, dried fruit.

 

duke-of-clarenceBlandy’s Duke Of Clarence Rich Madeira

Funchal, Portugal
StarStarStarStar $28.99
The perfect introductory Madeira, Duke of Clarence is made from Tinta Negra Mole, the most widely planted grape in Madeira. Amber brown in colour, it features raisin, fig, brown sugar, cinnamon, toffee and walnut. Try with pecan pie or chocolate pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in

okanagan-life-dec-2014-best-of-the-okanaganOur December issue features the Best of the Okanagan readers' choice awards. On the cover is the Okanagan Best Musician Andrew Allen. We've have some Choral Magic as Okanagan choirs sing it high and we're in the kitchen with chefs Steve Kooijman (Friesen's Countrytyme Gardens) and Stewart Glynes (The Bench Market), both award winners for Best Breakfast.

 

Related Post

About The Author

Michael Botner

Wine columnist for Okanagan Life Magazine, Michael Botner authors our High Spirits feature. Trained as a chartered accountant, Michael now devotes his time and energy to Accounting for Taste, a company dedicated to demystifying wine. As a wine consultant, Michael has chaired a number of international wine competitions. More posts

30,000 giveaway for small business okanagan

Current Issue

yearly-subscribeDigital Edition - Yearly Subscription

Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet.

Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Sun
7:30 pm OSO presents Viennese Delights
OSO presents Viennese Delights
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm
OSO presents Viennese Delights
In the tradition of the Viennese New Year Celebration, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) presents “Viennese Delights” as part of The Chase Wines Masterwork Series.  This special evening will feature music from the great waltz[...]
Jan
22
Mon
3:00 pm Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery... @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate
Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery... @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Happy Hour at Quails Gate Winery with live music by Lindsay May @ Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
Happy Hour at Quail’s Gate Winery! https://www.quailsgate.com/dine/ Listen to Lindsay May perform her award winning originals and a fun mix of covers while sipping Foch and enjoying the beautiful view in this upscale restaurant in[...]
Jan
24
Wed
6:00 pm Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
Join us on Wednesday’s for our long table dinners, each time exploring a different theme or region in the world. Enjoy 3 family-style courses for $55 per person (plus tax & gratuity). January 10: France[...]
Jan
25
Thu
6:00 pm Wine Education Seminar: Through ... @ Quails' Gate
Wine Education Seminar: Through ... @ Quails' Gate
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Wine Education Seminar: Through the Ages - Vertical Tasting @ Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
At Quails’ Gate – we love wine! We love drinking it – making it and learning about it so we’re launching a new set of fun and interactive wine education sessions to share some of[...]

TWITTER

Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match