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 Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Victoria / Wine Events October 5, 2017 Crush ~ A Fine Wine Affair, Sunday, October 22, 2017 “A Benefit for The Belfry Theatre at the Inn at Laurel Point” The Belfry Theatre’s annual fine wine auction returns to the Inn ... Read More Comments are closed.