Written By Sharon McLean Libations / Wine Jul 20, 2015 Sea Star Vineyard’s Aromatic Cool Climate Wines SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSea Star Vineyard Winery on Pender Island is creating quite the buzz with its latest release of wines. I talked to proprietor, David Goudge, to find out more.Sea Star Vineyards released their first wines, from the 2013 vintage, last year and they sold out in six months. The 2014 vintages are now available and, with sales three times greater so far this year, it looks like another sell-out year for this young winery. Goudge notes that this obviously presents the possibility to increase production, but they “are very pleased to make around 3,000 cases and be sought after by many of Vancouver and Vancouver Island’s best restaurants and resorts, not to mention the thirsty inhabitants of Pender Island. So the dream is to stay the course. Serendipity has played a strong role to date, and we’re grateful that Sea Star Vineyards has already developed a strong brand and popularity.”Goudge was a realtor in Vancouver for many years and when he retired fifteen years ago, moving into the wine business wasn’t on his bucket list. He says, “I initially moved to Pender because I love the tranquility and reverence towards the environment and after moving here, I became aware of the winery opportunity.” That opportunity was 27 acres of oceanfront property terracing up Mount Menzies and cascading down to the beach. Goudge notes, “At a minimum it presented a good a real estate investment. But with some professional guidance, a vineyard could potentially do very well.”So Goudge jumped and in 2011, he became the new owner of the property, previously known as Morning Bay. Much of the first year was dedicated to repair and acquisition of new equipment and, most importantly, finding the right winemaker. Goudge was grateful to meet Ian Baker, who was one of the founders and the winemaker for Mistaken Identity Vineyards on Salt Spring Island. Baker brings the experience of making wines in our cooler climate.Together, Goudge and Baker have crafted a full range of aromatic wines that capture the best of what the Islands can offer—great purity of fruit backed by freshness and crispness. Here are some of my favourites. Look for them, in their distinctive and elegant packaging, in private liquor stores and select restaurants.Salish Sea is a complex and seamless blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Ortega and Schonberger. It’s a light, crisp wine with beautiful aromas of peaches, apples, pears, roses.Siegerrebe is a grape that does so well in our cool climate. It’s an offspring of Gewurztraminer and those pronounced aromatics shine through in this wine. Expect roses, honeysuckles, and a whole bunch of spring flowers to jump out of the glass.Ortega is another grape that has happily made its home on the Islands. One of its parents is Siegerrebe and it shares a similar floral and orchard fruit profile. Here we find honeydew melon, apricots, peaches, and a hint of mango supported by refreshing acidity.Visitors are welcome at the winery, which opened in 2014. The Tasting Room hours vary by season. Check the website for details, seastarvineyards.ca SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sharon McLean ... 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.