Wineries (Oct 14, 2020)

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Old friends and great wine.

After Lee got unstapled by Nurse Lez (from some recent surgery) we had breakfast and headed out for some wine collection. First up was Moon Curser who make several less grown varietals in Canada such as Carmenere, Malbec and Lee's favourite - Tannat. We tasted some product and packed up our previously ordered Club selection. Next up was Tinhorn Creek to pick up our Club selection there. Covid has impacted how wineries deal with the public but Tinhorn has definitelty lost its way. There was just no feeling there anymore. Next up we decided to go up and see Bill Eggert at Fairview Cellars. He's still the same old gruff, ecletic, honest, opiniated, happy and great winemaker as we have come to know. We did a tasting, bought a bottle and spent some time reflecting on life with him. We left happy and satisfied. Finally, we headed up to one of the oldest wineries we have supported thought the years, Wildgoose Vineyards. We picked up our Club selection and then had a nice visit with Roland Kruger, one of the brother team owners. We had brought to him some old vintages that we could no longer keep due to collapsing our cellar. He was very thankful and gave us some new wine as a gift. Again, we spent some time talking about life and the years we have enjoyed his products (since 1992). We then headed home and made nasi goreng with which to enjoy a bottle of Wild Goose Gewurztraminer. Wonderful.

Lez donned her "nurse" hat: Skin staples! Lee had a wee arm surgery - and the staples had to come out. Screwed up the first one - and it hurt!! Lee looked up the proper method (sorry!) and after that we did OK! Weather looks good for wine touring today, will catch ya'll later! Lez tosses the hat in the wind: What a great day of wine tasting including visiting a couple of wine makers/winery owners we have supported since they began their adventure as purveyors of viniferous goods. Bill "smooth talker" Eggert still makes the best "Two Hoots" bordeaux blend (red); and made a new white "Bill's O J" - a breakfast white (VERY BIG GRIN). Up the road at Wild Goose, we talked about the first years (the '90's!!) and how hospitable his parents were to the newbies into the Canadian wines. We were there and loved their wines right from the start. His parents are gone now, but their memory and ethics of the shop are so there. Covid has changed the business, with fewer customers dropping in, but on-line sales are going "wild". The weather held out nicely, being able to sit socially responsilbly with Bill at the Fariview picnic table and chat with Roland at Wild Goose as we leaned on the pickup! Good memories made.