Tasting Notes: A Duo of Cedar Creeks


With summer stretching into September and hopefully beyond, we recently took a couple summer sippers from Cedar Creek Winery for a whirl, the 2011 Riesling and 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé.

 The 2011 Riesling, a 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships Gold Medal Winner, is all citrus and minerals, and in a very good way. There’s a zippy acidity that’ll almost make you pucker – this isn’t the flabby, sweet-ish Riesling some new world producers are bottling. But that’s no surprise to Canadian drinkers as the Okanagan Valley is quickly gaining a name for itself as a growing area for fantastic Rieslings.

The Wine Diva recommends this with fish tacos, and that has my mouth watering already.


The 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé is a blend of all nine of the estate’s Pinot Noir blocks. In the glass, it’s an approachable, pretty candy pink. On the nose, it’s a field of ripe summer strawberries. In the mouth, there’s a silkiness that’s not not complex or overly serious, and the strawberries keep on coming. There’s a hint of sweetness. This rosé is a crowd-pleaser and the perfect accompaniment to a hot summer day or an easy evening with friends. If you’re going to push some food onto plates to go with it, some west coast smoked salmon would do in a pinch. This rosé also won a Gold Medal at the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships, and a Best of Varietal award at the 2012 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Both the Riesling and Rosé are priced right at a couple bucks under a twenty, and we recommend trying both at least once. Though the rosé is already sold out at the winery so hurry up if you want to get a bottle before they’re gone.

Keep up with the goings on at the winery on the Cedar Creek Winery Blog.



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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review. Both these wines have been so popular that we are close to running out of the Riesling too and Winemaker Darryl Brooker is happy harvesting and crushing a bit more Riesling this year so that we can have more for everyone in 2013! Cheers!

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