We’ll be soon heading out to the Okanagan with our TV show “One sip at a time” and I can’t wait to revisit one of my favs Burrowing Owl. A stunning winery that sits among its vineyards located in one of the most highly regarded areas in Canada for grape growing the Okanagan, British Columbia . Located near the north end of the Osoyoos Lake and at the northernmost tip of Canada’s only desert the Sonora this ecosystem provides a challenge for the grapes but the winemaker has the magic touch producing award winning wines year after year.
I am a Syrah gal, when all the stars… components line up and the Burrowing Owl Syrah 2010 knocks it out of the ball park for me. A little rich on the budget but hey for that special occasion!
Not only rich admittedly on the purse, but rich in the mouth too! Rich and mouth watering with intense flavours of blackberries especially and hints of mocha with a long lingering finish. The barbecue repairman is coming this week to fix my BBQ and I’ll be ready to pair some of my fav Syrah with my chicken specialty!
Why the name Burrowing Owl? The winery founders Jim and Midge Wyse had a strong commitment to environmental and ecological sustainability. When they purchased the land that learned that the little owl may have lived on the land previously but now had become an endangered species.
Rarely found in the region today the winery donates the fees collected in the tasting room to the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC. Run now by son and President Chris Wyse the commitment continues and the wine shop alone raises close to $50,000 each year for this organization as well as the SORCO. (South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls)
Susanne and Sauvignon Blanc….perfect pairing! I love a fresh, crisp, aromatic wine packed with grapefruit and gooseberry… with good acidity to stand up to my penchant for a rich dish!
Mount Riley Wines
Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Marlborough, New Zealand delivers! Much loved and consistentMount Riley is a family owned company dedicated to crafting wines of exceptional value. Cheers to a superb Sauvignon Blanc with intensity of purity of the fruit shining through from the nose to the palate!