Naramata Bench Wines

A few nights ago we opened a bottle of Lang Vineyards 2006 Grand Pinot and absolutely loved it. It was one of the bottles that we purchased on our trip to the Okanagan this October. Lang Vineyards is located on the Naramata Bench and has been open since 1990. In 1989, the ‘Farm-gate Winery’ license was created in BC that allowed small acre grape growing farmers to start their own wine-making operations. Lang Vineyards was the first farm to receive a license and have since added additional properties along the bench to grow different varieties of grape. What we found most interesting when visiting the winery and tasting room was all of the Pinot options available. For white wine offerings the winery produces a Pinot Auxerrois, a Pinot Gris and a Grand Pinot White which is a blend of Pinto Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. In the red category they produce a Pinot Noir and a Grand Pinot Red which is a blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir.

Love the Pinots
It is not surprising that we really liked the Grand Pinot Noir blend as we usually like Pinots and always like Gamays. It was light bodied enough that it does not need to be enjoyed with a large meal. In fact we tried it with a cheese and cracker platter and the fruity but slightly spicy flavor of the wine went great. The wine has won International awards in both 2008 and 2009 at the Vienna and Indy wine festivals. We also purchased the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Gris on the trip which we will be enjoying soon as well as another Grand Pinot Red which we are very happy about. Lang is on our list for a must visit next time we are in the Okanagan!