Wine Tasting at Home
Seeing as this was going to be our last wine tasting at home of 2010 we hoped it was going to be a good one. As we do most years, we stay home on New Years Eve usually first watching Canada play a World Junior Championship game, followed by a movie and finishing with some New Years countdown shows. We prepared a couple of courses of appetizers for dining throughout the evening. We also started with a cocktail of a ½ ounce of Amaretto topped with some bubbles and a marinated cherry as garnish in a Champagne glass (thanks Jacquie).

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
To go with all the food we choose a bottle from the Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery, the 2004 Summit Reserve Cabernet Franc. Mt. Boucherie is brewed from 100% estate grown grapes from the family’s 175 acres in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. The Winery and attached tasting room (which is open year round, 7 days per week) are located in Kelowna, B.C.

Cabernet Franc 2004
We estimate we purchased the 2004 Cabernet Franc in 2008 while touring some Okanagan wineries when in the region. The wine is described as a medium bodied red with raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant and mocha with smooth tannins. The smoothness of the wine was what we really loved.  The flavours were excellent but the wine really drank as smooth as any wine we can remember tasting in a long time. Although it is recommended for red meat (we had it with seafood and cheeses) it could be paired with just about anything in our opinion. To bad this was our last bottle of the Mt. Boucherie Cabernet Franc or we may have opened a second, after all it was New Years Eve!!

You can purchase Mt. Boucherie wines on-line through their website (the 2005 Cabernet Franc is currently available for $24.99).