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 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.