Quails' Gate Winery

June 23, 2020

ChasselasSummertime is when many of us turn from drinking those warm, bold and cozy reds, so something lighter and more refreshing. White wines, fresh from the fridge, certainly fit the bill. 

This weekend, why not pick up some wines from B.C. winery Quails’ Gate? Their Quails’ Gate Chasselas is a blend of Chasselas, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes (60% Chasselas, 20% Pinot Blanc, and 20% Pinot Gris) and this perfect blend creates a wine that’s fresh and fruit-forward to accompany you on those long summer days.  

Chasellas is the grape variety known for attributing complex and rich qualities to wine; it makes for a wine with good acidity—and the ability to age well. Chasselas was the first vinifera grape planted on the Quali’s Gate vineyard and thus, it has a long history on the property. 

Quail’s Gate has been making wine in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley since the 1980’s, and the brand’s Dry Riesling, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Chasselas, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Old Vines Foch, Pinot Noir, Rosé and Merlot are all available in Alberta at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer. 

It’s no secret B.C. and its distinctive wine regions are growing in popularity, not just in Canada, but globally. Part of what makes the Okanagan’s wines so unique is that the prime growing area is located on Canada’s tip of a desert.

“It's the northern tip of the Sonoran desert,” explains Quail’s Gate’s Tony Stewart, “Boucherie Mountain where we are is an extinct volcano, and so a lot of the soils that are on the property are volcanic soils that were created millions of years ago, and they tend to be very fertile. That creates lots of flavour in the grapes; good concentration.”

The three varietals in the Chasellas are hand harvested, then cold fermented in separate stainless-steel tanks. This process enhances the wine’s aromatics and intensifies the fruity characteristics. The blending is carried out only after the fermentation process has concluded so each variety contributes its unique qualities to the final product. 

This is a white wine that’s easy on the palate, with a light scent of white flowers, and notes of stone fruit, citrus and pear. It is light bodied and slightly off-dry so you can enjoy it on its own or with a meal on a summer afternoon. The wine has bright acidity with a fresh citrus finish. It is best enjoyed nicely chilled. 

Make a point of picking up some Quail’s Gate Chasellas at your neighbourhood Co-op Wine Spirits Beer store.

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