Platinum Bench Estate Winery, Oliver, B.C.

In the first cooking class of the season at Osoyoos Home Hardware, Fiona and Murray Duncan, the owners of this new winery brought in wine to be paired with the foods offered. At the end, of course, they really tempted us with dark chocolate and a lovely red wine to go with it. Sure….get the ladies on your side!

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One wine we tasted was a 2011 Pinot Gris . It would have been a really nice wine but it was not chilled. I am not criticizing, as it was transported to a classroom off-site. It was still good.

The 2011 Chardonnay, was also, a nice wine. Now new as these owners are, they are passionate in what they do. They met with the two from the B akery the day before and they tasted the wines with the foods being offered and it worked. What a way to do things.

My very favourite wine of the evening was the 2011 Gamay Noir. It was slightly chilled (ice bucket) and I absolutely loved it. I am not a ‘wine snob’ but I know what I like and that is all I can tell you.

The Bench Mark Red was served with the dark chocolate. It is a stunner as well. A great way to end a dinner. You get a real hint of cherries.

Even though they are new to “the hood” of wineries in our beautiful valley, they really are putting a good foot forward.

The prices are reasonable $19.00 – $29.00. We will be there. I want another go at the Gamay Noir.

Thanks Fiona and Murray.

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