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Kelsi Evans
 
March 7, 2017 | Kelsi Evans

The hills are alive with the grapes of muses.

Larch Hills Winery is a small winery specializing in cool climate wines located south of Salmon Arm. Jack and Hazel Manser proudly make their wines from 100% British Columbia grapes, either from their main vineyard or from vineyards farther south in the Okanagan Valley.

They specialize in cool climate grape growing, and have varieties that are generally not available in other parts of BC; the wines are made and bottled at the vineyard atop Grandview Bench overlooking the beautiful North Okanagan valley.

Ortega

Larch Hill's signature wine, this German varietal features full fruit flavour and a crisp finish. Our perfect growing conditions for this grape have produced consistently good vintages. Sip it with appetizers, or pair it with spicy and sweet foods – perfect with Thai foods.

Sweetness: 1   Price: $15.00

“Ortega” sounds Spanish, doesn’t it? But the grape is German. The grape was developed in 1948 by Dr. Hans Breider in Würzburg, Germany, a cross between Sieggerrebe and Muller Thurgau. Dr. Breider chose to name the variety in honour of the Spanish philospher and poet José Ortega y Gasset, of whom he was a great admirer. Ortega ripens early, is not sensitive to frost and reaches quite high must weights, typically 20 degrees Oechsle higher than Müller-Thurgau. It is used in both varietal and blended wines and shares organoleptic similarities with Muscat, displaying grapey aromas and overt floral scents. What Ortega lacks in acidity, it makes up for in sugar levels, making it a good choice for cool-climate regions. Here, flabbiness is easily avoided, and a hardiness to the cold means it can withstand tough winters.

 

 

Madeleine Angevine

A French varietal, with delicate flavour and the aroma of fruit. Clean, crisp and dry, try it as an accompaniment to white fish and light chicken dishes.

Sweetness: 0   Price: $15.00

One of the most prominent early-ripening grape varieties is the Madeleine Angevine. This white grape variety is often used for winemaking and it is also served as table grapes. The Madeleine Angevine finds its home at diverse regions of England, Canada and Central Asia. Culturally and geographically, this grape variety can live in the most extreme conditions, particularly in the lands of Kyrgyzstan. It was in the middle of the 19th century when the breeding was mixed. The Madeleine Angevine accepted qualities from its parent grapes, Circe and Madeleine Royale. These have long been used to be parents for other crossings including the Noblessa (along with Sylvanber), the Siegerrebe and the Reichensteiner which is commonly mixed with Muller-Thurgau.

 

 

Marechal Foch

Full bodied, rich cherry flavours, mild on the palate with is light tannins. Accompanies well with flavourful dishes or an easy drinking wine on its own.

Sweetness: 0  Price: $15.00

Maréchal Foch was named after the French marshal Ferdinand Foch, who played an important role in the negotiation of the armistice terms during the closing of the First World War. It was developed in Alsace, France, by grape hybridizer Eugene Kuhlmann. Some believe it to be a cross of Goldriesling (itself an intra-specific cross of Riesling and Courtiller Musqué) with a Vitis riparia - Vitis rupestris cross. Others contend that its pedigree is uncertain and may contain the grape variety Oberlin 595. It ripens early, and it is cold-hardy and resistant to fungal diseases. The berry size is small, which makes it prone to bird injury. The quality of wine produced by Marechal Foch vines is highly dependent upon vine age, and the flavor profile associated with many new-world hybrid varietals is much reduced in examples made with fruit picked from older vines.

 

Come in to 30th Street Liquor Store in Vernon BC and take a bottle of Larch Hills wine home for yourself! Each priced at just $15.00 + tax & dep.

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