- Dec 9, 2019
I summered for 2 months in the Okanagan which is a wine growing valley in Western Canada (A extension of a desert all the way from Mexico.) and the orchard was like 10 feet from the house. I smelled grapes for 2 months and at night it was really nice with the orchard beside the house smelling up the place. There was frost mitigation devices, bird repelling devices that used shotgun shells to make scary noise and we tested the grapes as they grew and matured. They where very bitter when not ripe. Sauvignon Blanc is grown there as are some other varieties. It's a arid environment with large lakes for irrigation and the hot hot summer that I spent there I wore out 2 pair of sneakers because it was so hot the rubber soles just wore away like they where made of foam. I returned about 20 years ago and lived there for ~3 years and had a wonderful time skiing and cycling. I could go skiing in the day and come down into the valley and it would be ~15C and golfers where golfing. It's a very good weather climate and is becoming very popular with tech types who work remotely and can live anywhere they please. There's only a few places on earth with this kind of climate, geography and grape growing capability and I consider myself fortunate to have lived there for some time. When I was often drinking white wine I was buying domestics in a German style of white wine and some other inexpensive domestic wines but after I fell in love with Italian food I switched over to Italian made dry red wine for meals and for sipping. Now I just use white wine for hot weather as I mentioned previously. Long live tasty wine!Sounds like a nice selection drinking some Sauvignon Blanc from a South African winery Zalze. Not the first variety I’ve had from that winery always good.