Last week, we had the pleasure of attending a new BC winery unveiling event that was held at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Vincor International kept a tight lid on everything up until the night of the event. Everybody arrived with anticipation and there was a buzz in the air surrounding the mysterious new wine label.
Many guests made educated guesses based on the bubbly that was served at the beginning and the wonderful artwork by the talented Ben Gardner that was displayed in the rooms. The words “enriched terroir” and “bold” were used and seemed to provide clues of the identity of this new wine.
It wasn’t long before sommelier David Tremblay finally made the announcement and unveiled the branding and label for their new wine. Black Sage Vineyard, which was a tier of wines from the well-known Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, was stepping out to become its own independent winery. With the vineyard based in Oliver, it’s no wonder they used those words to describe the wines. The label will produce only red wines at this time.
Winemaker Jason James from Sumac Ridge was on hand and had a few words to say about the characteristics of each of their wines. We were fortunate to taste three wines that night, each of which was paired with a dish thoughtfully prepared by Shangri-La’s executive chef Wayne Harris and sommelier David Tremblay.
We also sampled their 2007 Pipe, which is a port style wine that paired well with many of the delectable treats on their dessert table.
At the end of the night, we were sent home with a beautiful black box that held a couple of their wines.
With a streamlined portfolio focusing strictly on what this vineyard does best, Black Sage Vineyard now produces four wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pipe, a fortified blend. The current release of Black Sage Vineyard wines are priced between $21.99 and $24.99 and are listed with the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch, boutique wine shops throughout BC and Alberta and select restaurants.