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Kettle Valley White Wine ‘Gewurztraminer’ Twists Tongues While Delighting Toastmasters At Finding Vino

595488_Kettle-Valley-Gewurztraminer[1]Meeting Date: October 06, 2015
Name of Winery – Kettle Valley Winery
Name of Wine – Kettle Valley Gewurztraminer
Region produced in – Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley
Types of grapes in wine Gewurztraminer grapes
Characteristics of wine – Delicate aromas of  pink grapefruit, rose petals, and lychee nuts. Flavourful and aromatic.
Look – Light golden hue.
Smell – Pink grapefruit, rose petals and/or lychee nuts.
Taste – Lychee, apricots and spices combined to a sweet and refreshing aftertaste.
Finish – Quick
Gewürztraminer Food Pairing

Think Exotic. Gewürztraminer best pairings happen when you step outside of traditional French cuisine and experience other foods of the world. Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine, both utilizing nuts and dried fruits with roasted meats, are great examples of the types of cuisine to enjoy with Gewürztraminer wine. When pairing Gewürztraminer with food think about how the wine’s floral aromas and notes of ginger will bring out actual ginger and rose water used in a dish.

Meat Pairings

Duck, Chicken, Pork, Bacon, Shrimp and Crab

Spices and Herbs

Highly spiced and aromatic herbs including Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Clove, Cinnamon, Allspice, Turmeric, Madras Curry, Sichuan Pepper, Shallots, Soy Sauce, Sesame, Almond, Rose Water, Lime Leaf, Bay Leaf, Coriander, Cumin

Cheese Pairings

Try it with less stinky and delicately flavored soft cow’s milk cheese and dried fruit.

Vegetarian Fare

Roasted vegetables and veggies with natural sweetness including Coconut, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Tempeh, Squash and Carrot. You can also enjoy it with artichokes, which are one of the more challenging wine pairing foods.

Pairing At The Meeting

Dried Mission Figs

Brie on Sweet and Savoury  Date and Walnut Mini Crisps

All natural savoury thins (gluten free) rice crackers with Artichoke and Adiago dip

Tuscan Red Win Rosso Di Montalcino Take Finding Vino Toastmaster On An Italian Retreat

Bosco-Rosso-165x618Date of Meeting: August 4, 2015

Name of Red Wine: Red wine called Rosso di Montalcino from the Castiglion Del Bosco winery

Region wine is produced: Tuscan region in the Tuscan hills outside of Florence, Italy

Types of grapes in wine: Sangiovese Grapes

Characteristics of wine

Luscious wine, well-balanced and firmly structured with a delicate bouquet.

Look: Deep ruby red hue

Smell: Scents of cloves, cherries, red plum, strawberry, fig, floral, cinnamon, leather and tobacco

Taste: Fresh fruity flavour of strawberry with a little spiciness, sour red cherries with tea leaf notes

Finish: Long-lingering finish

Food Pairing: Imagine a warm summer evening under the Tuscany stars, a small patio restaurant, red and white checked tablecloth, a glass of ruby, red wine and you’re served with cherry red tomatoes, a delicious cheese and spinach ravioli with Risotto Balls and Antipasto Salad

Red Wine Master: Monica Neville

Foodie: Riz Aseem

Fun South African White Wine Hoity-Toity Rules The Meeting At Finding Vino Toastmasters


Meeting Date: August 4, 2015

Name of White Wine selected:        Hoity-Toity

Region wine is produce:                  Western Cape, South Africa

Types of grapes in wine:                  Chenin Blank and Viognier

Characteristics of wine

The wine opens up to delicate aromas of peach skin fuzz, fresh pineapples, gingersnap and layers of white peach. The mouth is characterized by its fresh, full and creamy texture. The barrel-matured Viognier (Vee-on-yay) weight compliments the ripe tropical fruits, leading to a long, savory aftertaste.

Look:  Golden

Smell:  peach skin fuzz, fresh pineapples, gingersnap and layers of white peach.

Taste :   ripe tropical fruits, leading to a long, savory aftertaste.

Finish – Long

Food Pairing: Indian food

White Wine Master: Ilan Zvickler

Foodie: Bal Bajwa

South African Red Wine Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon Graces Finding Vino Club Meeting

grace-cabsauv[1]Date of Meeting – July 7, 2015
Name of Red Wine selected – Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon
Region wine is produced –  South Africa, Stellenbosch region

Types of grapes in wine – Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot grapes

Characteristics of wine

Look – deep cherry red color, burgundy, full bodied,

Smell – Blackberry, ripe plum, tobacco, vanilla

Taste – Ripe black fruits, soft velvety texture, savory spices

Finish – Lingering after-taste, complex flavors, long finish

Food Pairing – Beef roast, beef steak, venison stew, lamb chops, with balsamic reduction, lentil soup, hearty bean dishes, sharp cheeses, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate, dark fruit cake.
Red Wine Master: Erica Johanson
Foodie: None