CC Jentsch Cellars in the News
It’s already the end of March and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather! Reports from most of the country show how cold and snowy it could be. I am knocking on my wooden desk as I type to prevent a reversal of this situation and offer the weather gods a toast in appreciation.
The nice climatic conditions have afforded us the opportunity to be ahead of the curve in the vineyard- pruning is done, and cane tying is well under way. The usual springtime sensations abound: birds, budding grasses and the sun’s warmth radiating on one’s face, especially in those wind-protected nooks, make it wonderfully apparent that it’s good to be alive and smelling the roses.
The vintages from 2014 are so well balanced they promise to be exceptional; the three whites and The Dance rosé will be bottled in May. We are very excited to add to our portfolio a white blend named “The Quest”. It is a medium bodied wine with a fruit-forward summer freshness that is utterly delightful! The Chardonnay gives it a regal smoothness, the Viognier provides fruity peach and grapefruit zest, and the playfully spicy aromatics of the Gewürztraminer make this trinity awesome!
Our tasting room will offer expanded hours, 10am-6pm daily, and will be opening in time for Easter.
I am looking forward to welcoming back past customers, and meeting and introducing myself to new people is one of my most favorite things. There is a real excitement in the momentum that our winery has, and I can’t wait for the doors to open.
by Treve Ring - Eat Magazine
I’ve just returned from a few weeks in Australia, travelling and tasting through the vast country’s wine regions, and experiencing the distinct regionality and terroir that neighbouring regions express. It’s clearly evident that place matters, and producers are proud to reflect their soils and vines in their wines.
KELOWNA, BC - The British Columbia Wine Institute is lauding the recent decision by the BC Wine Authority to approve the first sub-appellation in the province.
Known as the Golden Mile Bench, located on the western slope of the Okanagan Valley south of Oliver, this marks the first sub-Designated Viticultural Area (or sub-Geographical Indication) of the Okanagan Valley DVA. The Golden Mile Bench is the first such application to the BC Wine Authority.
There were two more awards added to the CC Jentsch collection recently. The winery won a gold for their 2012 Syrah and a silver for their 2013 The Chase, from the recent 2014 BC Wine awards.
This makes six awards this year for the Syrah which won silver medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 in England, the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition 2014 in California, and the National Wine Awards of Canada 2014 in Ontario. It also won the silver and judges choice award at the World Wine Awards of Canada 2014 in Ontario as well as a bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2014 in England.
The Chase, a claret coloured five varietal Bordeaux style blend, is no stranger to winning. The 2012 The Chase won bronze from the Decanter World Wine Awards of 2014 and the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition as well as being a finalist in the BC Best of Varietal Awards for 2014.
"Our Syrah is a full bodied wine which was co-fermented with 6% Viognier," explains Chris Jentsch, who was thrilled with the awards his wine has won. "The Chase is a mixture of Cab Sav, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot."
Chris Jentsch grew up in the Okanagan and was a fruit farmer for most of his life. In 2002 he switched from cherries to grapes and in 2012 he turned his fruit packing warehouse into a cellar and tasting room. Their winemaker, Amber Pratt, moved to the Okanagan in 2009 and is highly knowledgeable on the grapes and conditions in the south Okanagan.
"We are honoured to be acknowledged for our work in the wine industry," said Jentsch. "Our entire team works very hard, and it is great to see that hard work rewarded at the BC Wine Awards.
For more information and photos contact Chris Jentsch at 778-439-2091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last night in Kelowna our Syrah 2012 was honoured with a Gold medal at the BC Wine Awards 2014. A wonderful wine I enjoy almost daily at home! (Perks of the job.)
We also won a Silver medal for our 5 varietal Bordeaux blend, The Chase 2013 - A testiment to the balance this young wine already exhibits.