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Wine Recommendation

Red Rooster 2005 Riesling (Okanagan Valley)

Red Rooster Winery

2005 Riesling
(Okanagan Valley)

This winery was established by a couple from Switzerland who kept pet chickens – hence the peculiar name. Last year, they sold it to Andrés Wines Ltd., the largest Canadian-owned wine company. Andrés has been giving winemaker Richard Kanazawa the additional resources needed to make wines up to the splendour of the showcase winery that the Swiss had built. But so far, nothing has been spent updating the web site.

This wine is surprising because Red Rooster is not known for Riesling. Yet here is a delicious wine with aromas of apples and apricots, leading on to flavours of citrus and peach, with lime flavours on the finish. A touch of residual sugar ensures the popularity of this wine. 86 points.

Reviewed September 28, 2006 by John Schreiner.

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The Wine

Winery: Red Rooster Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Riesling
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Riesling
Price: 750ml $14.90

Review Date: 9/28/2006

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.