Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine News Sep 14, 2012 Le Vieux Pin: Equinoxe Master Class SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestBY Jay WhiteleyLe Vieux Pin is a small production winery on the coveted Black Sage Road in Oliver BC. The first vintage to market was 2005 and they have carved out a path for varietally correct wines that tell a story of the place and vintage in the South Okanagan.On September 12, General Manager Rasoul Salehi and winemaker Severine Pinte hosted a Master Class of the Equinoxe wines. Equinoxe is their top tier of wines, limited in volume and raised in prestige.Among the wines tasted were two very different Syrahs. The 2008 was rich and full, while the 2009 was leaner and more floral, but both shared the same sense of place and structure with a bracing acidity.The amount of similarities was equal to the amount of differences, highlighting the importance and excitement of vintage variation.Even though LVP will be focusing more on syrah in the coming years, it is their Cabernet Franc that they truly cherish. The grapes are from a single parcel of 14-year-old vines that showed particular potential during the 2006 harvest. Enough potential to make the owners “hand destem each cluster and treat it with velvet gloves”, according to Salehi.This is the pinnacle of Equinoxe wines. The Cab Franc is extremely small production; 1 barrel in 2006, 2007 and 2008, doubling in 2009 with the 2010 vintage still yet to be determined. They are very much committed to selecting top lots from each of their five vineyards in the South Okanagan to go into the Equinoxe wines.According to Salehi, the winery is making wines by “trying to find the story of the South Okanagan.”And part of that story is honesty on the label. “Truth in labeling is very important, but there is still a long way to go,” he said.A few years back when I first saw the label I was impressed with the amount of information on it. Everything from region and age of vines to soil type and yield was present – a document outlining the facts of the story.Le Vieux Pin will continue their quest for quality by adjusting each year and listening to what the vintage gives them. But one thing is for certain – the story will continually evolve and they will produce many characters in the coming years. Le Vieux Pin www.levieuxpin.com Jay WhiteleyLe Vieux Pin SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like 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 Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.