Written By Treve Ring Libations / Rosé Apr 3, 2010 JoieFarm Wine Muscat 2009 & Rose 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestMuscat ($23-26) / Rosé 2009 ($21-24)Naramata, BC www.joiefarm.com Any occasion can be turned into a joyous occasion in my book – just open a bottle of JoieFarm wine. Owned and operated by a sommelier and chef (great sign # 1) Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble’s Naramata winery has been garnering attention and acclaim since it opened the fall of 2002. Originating as Joie, the French word for ‘Joy’, the property has been a constantly evolving concept that began as a guesthouse and critically acclaimed en plein air cooking school, located in their orchard. Over time, the orchard was converted to grape vines and a new winery building was built on the property. Heidi released an award winning book, Menus from an Orchard Table, chronicling the cooking school and terroir-based recipes of Naramata. With the addition of their own estate grown fruit in 2009, they changed their name to JoieFarm to better reflect their connection to the land. Heidi and Michael’s interest is focused exclusively in the grape varieties of Alsace and Burgundy (great sign #2) – an excellent fit the cool-climate, desert landscape of the Okanagan.This week it was announced that JoieFarm was named “2010 British Columbia Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest in the spring edition of their magazine. This award is selected by the editors of Wine Press Northwest based on blind tastings, visits, accolades and other considerations. Last fall, in Wine Press Northwest’s Platinum Judging, their JoieFarm 2008 Riesling finished No. 1 out of 450 gold medal-winning wines, making it “the best of the best in the Great Northwest.” Remarkably, the 2008 Noble Blend finished No. 2!Along with the season’s first flowers, Joie’s spring releases arrived a couple of weeks ago. For those who aren’t very familiar with the Muscat grape, it is known as being the ‘grapiest’ varietal. By this I mean the wine tastes exactly like the fruit from which it’s made – GRAPES. JoieFarm Muscat bursts forth with spiced floral aromas, fruity sweet candied grape flavours, a shish of anise and perfumed white peach. Crisp and dry, the bright acid checks the grapey sweetness to strike a beautiful, delicate balance, and a lemony mouth watering exit. This is already sold out at the winery, so buddy up to your local private liquor store or lucky restaurateur for a taste.Now a BC icon, JoieFarm Rosé has time and time again taught people to ‘rethink pink’. The 2009 vintage will continue the conversion quest. Light bodied and elegant, this year’s Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris. Amazing aromas of wild strawberry, mineral and spice leads to a textured palate of cherry, raspberry, and crisp pear. Structured and refreshing – always a winning combo! Heidi and Michael have said they craft their wines to be food-friendly, and the lower alcohol, bright acid, slight kiss of sweetness and lengthy, juicy, citrus finish invite pairing this bottle with a wide range of foods.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean)Muscat Rosé OkanaganRoseWhiteWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.