Play Estate a New Winery in BC

I’m not sure if you (my readers) know this, but I work in the wine industry for a wine import agency. I like the title Territory Manager, but really what it means is I am a wine representative. And, yes that means I try lots of wines, but they aren’t always the ones I represent! And so you know, because I am a wine-geek at heart, I write about wines I discover and enjoy, whether they are ones I represent or not. Okay? Okay good. Now that I’ve got that out of the way ;)…

So let me share what I recently got to taste. I sipped through the line-up of wines from a brand new winery in the Okanagan Valley, in BC, Canada. Called: Play Estate Wines. Prior to this particular tasting I had tried just 2 of the 7 wines they make. I liked them, they were approachable, food friendly and well priced. Simple, done. But there was something missing for me. The story. There is so much more to gain from meeting the winemaker, visiting a winery, learning their story, where the grapes were grown (vineyard, soil, etc) and their intention behind the wines they create. Once I know this, I have a deeper appreciation for wines, as I do now for Play Estate. The wines are made to be enjoyed by everyone, much like theatre – which is why every label depicts theatre and the arts in the picture and/or the name.

I first met Mohamed Awad (the winemaker), just before our first appointment with a retail wine store one morning. I was sitting in Starbucks waiting for him, but I didn’t have a clue what he looked like, so of course I eyed every single man who walked through the door! I wonder what they were thinking?!!

Soon enough, in walks this tall, smiling guy, who for a moment I thought: “he’s energetic and smiling, this guys the winemaker?” ha ha. I would soon learn that this down to earth, gentle, optimist guy was not just a fun human, but a winemaker with intention and integrity. His wines reflect his taste and his character. If this is what he’s creating at a 1-year-old winery, then this is definitely a winery and winemaker to watch ( as Tim Pawsey from the hiredbelly.com once said ).  We have to watch the newcomers in the industry as much as the veterans, as they bring fresh ideas, styles and smarts to the art of winemaking.
All the wines are VQA, and here are the wines I got to enjoy… click here: Cork Affairs – to read about all the wines!

 

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Rosé wine and me!

I honestly LOVE exploring Rosé wines…. but I suppose that’s no secret. I’ve even created a Facebook Community Page called The Pink Tank – where me and wine friends share reviews on our favourite rosé wines, it’s meant to be fun and unpretentious.

Check out some favourites I’ve had…

An all-time favourite from France! Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay. This beautiful wine is made in the ‘traditional method’ – which means made just like champagnes are made. It’s fresh red berries, but dry and refreshing.

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Seriously one of the most wine-geek rosé wines I’ve found. Bodega Txakoli Rezabal Rosé is made from 100% Hondarrabi Beltza, a local grape variety found in the Basque region in Northern Spain. These wines are light in body and alc. making them so delightful. And they have a slight frizzante so they are usually poured from high above the glass.

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A lovely find – Stoneboat Vineyards is in the South Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. Their Faux Pas Rosé is made with 100% Pinot Noir. Think rhubarb, strawberries and a lovely freshness on this wine. And if you are ever in the area – they have a quaint tasting room on a popular wine route, so don’t miss this it!

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Rosé season – and they are so many styles to explore!! So try the off-dry or fruit forward ones with spicy salamis and the dry ones with crab, salads, roast chicken and seafood. Have fun exploring all the wine regions of the world and the rosé wines they make at different prices to see how many you enjoy.

Drink Pink!