“The Perfect Sushi Wine”
The Similkameen Valley in British Columbia, running about 55 miles north to the town of Tulameen from the US border, is home to a dozen wineries. This neighbor of the more reknowned Okanagan Valley is most definitely on the rise as evidenced by the 2013 Lt. Governor’s Award of Excellence to Similkameen’s Eau Vivre Winery and the successes of such wineries as Seven Stones and Orofino.
Though now known as a region where sparkling wines are grown, today is about Orofino’s wildly popular Orofino Moscato Frizzante 2012.
In only its second vintage, the Orofino Moscato Frizzante is truly a genuine homegrown Similkameen wine, made with the Muscat grapes from their 23 year old Home vineyard wine and 3 year old Hendsbee vineyard right next to the winery in the little town of Cawston and butted up against the mountains that divide the valley from the Okanagan. Orofino says that “both their 6 acre property and the Hendsbee Vineyard have nice rich sandy loam soil for 2-6 feet in depth depending on which part of the vineyard you are in. This sits on top of what seems to be endless gravel and/or river rock. The result is a moderately vigorous site with great drainage.” Splashes of Riesling and Pinot Gris have been blended in, with amazing results, creating a beautiful balance of acidity and sweetness, and something truly unique.
What you’re met with immediately in the glass are bubbles with a silky pop. There’s a freshness to them that’s hard to miss. Full of sweet florals and tangy citrus and stone fruit that leans towards apricot, the right temperature gives you even more, with a hint of orange marmelade. The soft notes and the lively and crisp freshness plays so very well of of each other here.
We paired this with sushi, more specifically a lobster roll that was all right, but the results of the pairing were beyond words. I dare say this is the perfect sushi wine.
What’s there more to say? Well, the bottle. It’s classy to a tee. Harkening back to the Italy of yore, it’s simple and elegant. With the love this wine has been given from field to bottle to branding, it’s not hard to say that this wine is Brandalicious! A tremendous bubbly from an out of the way little valley that is now firmly planted in my headlights.
Looking forward to more great things from Orofino and the Similkameen Valley.
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