Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield invited BLUSH to the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver. We came, we sipped, and we enjoyed!
Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and Reliance White are each sourced from single vineyards in the Okanagan. The series’ name pays homage to Railtown’s industrial legacy: Reliance Metal Works was the original tenant of the 1920s-era warehouse—now known as The Settlement Building—where Vancouver Urban Winery is located.
Reliance Red and Reliance White are being released alongside new 2016 vintages of VUW’s proprietary core trinity: Pinot Gris, Rosé and Merlot, all made at Okanagan Crush Pad’s Summerland facility.
Reliance Series, Summer 2017
VUW Reliance Red ($28.90)
Sustainably-farmed grapes grown in the clay sub-soils of Serendipity Winery’s 10-acre vineyard on the north end of the Naramata Bench allow this Merlot to strike a balance between structure and freshness with a complex nose of ripe plum, black cherry, sweet spice, and sage.
VUW Reliance White 2016 ($24.90)
Grown on Stoneboat Estate Vineyard’s heritage vines located on the lower Black Sage Bench of Oliver, this Northern Italian-style, alpine blend of Pinot Blanc (80%) and Müller-Thurgau (20%) grapes boasts a rich but refreshing palate with notes of fresh pear, apricot, lemon curd, and tarragon.
VUW Merlot ($19)
A celebration of BC’s most popular variety. This wine is all about fruit. It saw minimal time in oak to preserve freshness and crushability. A consummate cool climate red.
VUW Pinot Gris ($17)
Pinot Gris is a natural fit for super natural British Columbia. The VUW Pinot Gris is no exception. All steel. No oak. Just pure, refreshing, BC fruit.
VUW Rosé ($17)
Pink wine is life. A BC Rosé made in the elegant Provencal style. Perfectly crisp and dry but with unabashed Okanagan fruit character.
Enjoy these delicious wines this summer – keep on shopping and sipping local!