Wine Tasting at Home
Tara and I couldn’t agree on a wine for a BBQ of fish (Tara) and ribs (me) so we decided to open two bottles. We previously blogged about the Ojai Vineyard which you can read here.  This blog is about the Gray Monk winery. We haven’t been to Gray Monk in a  couple of years so this Cabernet Sauvignon has been in the wine cabinet for a while and I felt it would be a good time to open it.

Gray Monk Estate Winery
The winery and tasting room are located in the Okanagan Valley about half way between Vernon and Kelowna. It is an estate winery from the 1980’s when the BC government classified wineries into three categories (farm, estate and commercial). While the categories are no longer in place Gray Monk has chosen to keep the word estate in their name. The Heiss family (originally from Europe) began growing grapes on the land in 1972 and the winery opened in 1982.  It is still family owned and operated.

Gray Monk Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon
This tasting was of the 2009 Gray Monk Cabernet Sauvignon. The Odyssey brand means the wine spends extra time in French oak barrels and the grapes stay on the vine a little longer.  The wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It was dark burgundy in colour and smelled of coffee and smoke. The taste was spicy with pepper and a hint of coffee. It was a little dry on the finish. Overall I liked it but Tara didn’t care for it (a little too dry and smokey for her). At $29.99 per bottle it is not an everyday drinking wine but I enjoyed it and it went well with my BBQ ribs.


Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.