Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 14, 2011 Robin Ridge Winery Gamay Noir 2009 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Robin Ridge Winery Gamay Noir 2009 Similkameen Valley, BC $22-25 Available at winery and select private liquor retailorswww.robinridgewinery.comIn 1996, Tim Cottrill and his wife Caroline purchased their rocky, weed-ridden ridge in the Similkameen Valley and after couple of years clearing and working a former hayfield, planted grapes. They sold their fruit to other local wineries for years before deciding to go out on their own. In 2008, after training with winemaker Lawrence Herder, Tim released his first vintages under the name Robin Ridge Winery. In a time when wineries are turning towards restrained, leaner styles, Robin Ridge takes full advantage of the heat trap of the Similkameen. Their wines tend to be big, jammy and rich Californian-esque , with higher alcohol and power balanced by acidity.Also setting Robin Ridge apart is the fact that they are the only ones in the area to train their grapes to a Geneva Double Curtain (GDC). Developed by Nelson Shaulis in New York State in the 1960s, this downward growing, split canopy system increases protection from frost, allows more light into the fruiting zone while at the same time increasing the surface area of the canopy. It can produce excessive yields but Tim keeps yields very low, increasing intensity in fewer grapes. Quality over quantity is always a very good thing in winemaking.If you only think about Gamay like you think about Beaujolais Neauveau, think again. This full bodied, juicy plum and black cherry red is dense with ripe fruit and structured with cedarwood spice. Soft tannins and bright succulent fruit boost drinkability now. Short ribs, thick pork chops or fall meat braises and rustic stews would suit. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsRobin Ridge Winery Gamay Noir 2009If you only think about Gamay like you think about Beaujolais Neauveau, think again. This full bodied, juicy plum and black cherry red is dense with ripe fruit and structured with cedarwood spice. Soft tannins and bright succulent fruit boost drinkability now. Short ribs, thick pork chops or fall meat braises and rustic stews would suit.BC wineWine 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 Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More 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 Comments are closed.