Have you ever been visited by “wine angels”? That is how Jill Spoor, wine director at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim, described how she felt when she was selected to make her very own wine at Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad.
The collaboration was a clear fit, with the philosophies of Okanagan Crush Pad for organic and sustainable farming and winemaking practices in alignment with Spoor’s own vision to feature terroir-driven wines on her lists.
Spoor interned in Summerland during the 2016 harvest to help create 100 cases of the ‘Jill Spoor White Terroir Blend’. Described as “an expression of the Okanagan Valley,” the wine is a combination of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
Jill describes her wine as a “medium-bodied Okanagan white blend that is soft and approachable, yet complex in both its aromatics and flavour profile. The prominent acidity allows for a distinctively elegant body.” The wine also offers intriguing notes of honeydew, citrus and fresh herbs, making it versatile with many foods and delicious on its own.
Even the labeling holds special meaning to Spoor with the sensual yet strong label artwork being designed by Spoor’s niece, Taryn Brown, a Victoria-based artist.
Available in Vancouver by the glass and the bottle at Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Spoor and her all-female sommelier team suggest pairing the wine with their salt-roasted Baby Beet Salad with fresh orange and walnuts, quoting, “the sweet and salty flavours of the salad accent the vibrant citrus notes in the wine.”
Do not wait around, however – with only 100 cases made, this wine is being snapped up, so make your reservation soon.