Gehringer Brothers Okanagan Valley

As a true-blue British Columbian (even though I live in Seattle these days), I am delighted to blog about a perfect summer wine from the Okanagan Valley: Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. Better yet, I discovered this tasty wine through Twitter.

More specifically, our good friends from Vernon, Kate and Peter, were coming down to visit, so I asked on Twitter for recommendations for a great B.C. Sauv Blanc that they could bring us. I knew from my own experience that my home province was better known for its whites than reds.

I received several replies, but the one that stood out was from @okanaganfof (Okanagan Feast of Fields in Summerland B.C.), who recommended Gehringer Brothers. The winery is located in the Okanagans’s premier grape region, on the scenic south-west beaches of Oliver, known as the “Golden Mile.”

This Sauv Blanc was made in a non-oaked style, which brings out the typical characteristics of grapefruit and citrus, but also adds a hint of asparagus and gooseberries.

We only recently discovered that we like this crisp white varietal, which was a pleasant surprise after drinking mainly red wines for years. Reintroduced to Sauv Blanc in Napa Valley a couple of months ago, I blogged about the tastes from Goosecross Cellars, Hall Wines, and PlumpJack. Then in Washington, we fell for Efeste’s 2008 Feral and JM Cellar’s 2008 Sauv Blanc. More recently, we enjoyed a tasty 2008 Sauv Blanc from Alexandria Nicole Cellars.

So I think it’s safe to say that 2009 is the year that we’ve tiptoed back into whites – and I know my dear sister will be shocked to read this. I’m just saying!