Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.
Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…
Wine reviewed by Jason Yamasaki, a member of Chambar’s wine team. Jason is certified by the International Sommelier Guild, he has a WSET Advanced certificate and he’s worked a vintage in Austria. He’s a wealth of knowledge and has read just about every book on wine – and remembers most of the contents. Long story short: he’s pretty much the biggest wine geek around.
JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2011
Country/Region: Okanagan Valley, BC
Appearance: Virtually water-white with a hint of lemon-green.
Nose: Pure, bright aromas of fresh apples and pear with a touch of herbaceousness and a pleasant minerality.
Palate: A dry wine but expressing ripe fruit character and a sunshine-bright gulpability. Actually finishes with a little banana-esque flavour.
Assessment of quality: Perfectly suited to the warming spring weather. Tote to the beach or the park and let the flavour just be an extension of the crystal-clear day.
Further comments upon reveal: Ah! A lovely producer for local deliciousness.
Availability: From the winery, private liquor stores and restaurants.
Pricing: $22.90 from winery, $25-30 in private liquor stores.