Have a grape Saturday. 😉
A few days ago we took a ramble high above Okanagan Lake.
On small land benches overlooking the lake, wine grapes have been planted. It’s perilous to reach some of them but the combination of sun, heat and humidity often produces rather rare varieties such as carménère.
I don’t know what grapes are growing there, but I hope they do well.
Greetings from the beautiful Okanagan Lake and its luscious wine grapes. 🙂
British Columbia’s …
… Okanagan Lake from one of my favourite walking trails.
Recently I was going through my photos and found that quite a lot of them are pictures of foods or drinks. I enjoy eating, either at home or in a restaurant and my M is quite a good cook. We are also wine collectors, and we have a decent cellar.
But I didn’t quite realise that I’ve been harbouring a large number of food and drink photos in my archive. Here is a small sample:
A beer flight from a brewery in the Okanagan city of Penticton (where my southern home is).
Some homemade Halloween eyes from last week. These were a lot of work to make!
Hors d’oeuvre from my M. Or, snack time in the d’Arty-Cross household. 😉
Okanagan wine. This was a lovely bottle for a lovely meal.
A picnic. Also lovely, particularly because it was January!
Butter tarts. A Canadian favourite. M made these.
For someone who likes to take landscape and nature photos, there are an awful lot of consumables pictures hanging around in my storage.
And this also explains why my pants can get tight and then I have to lay off for a while. I used to be able to eat what I wanted, but turning 40 changed all that. As I age though, I’m tempted to think, yeah, but I’m getting older, I can cheat some. I’ve earned it, right? I don’t care about a gorgeous (well, I was never gorgeous, but you know) corpse. When I shuffle off this mortal coil, my body should be done, spent, finished, toast, well past the sell-by date, expired, smoked … Really, who’s going to care when I’m taking the big dirt nap?
Having said all that though, I am circumspect up to a point. I do watch my weight and I make a point of exercising because I have to pass medicals every six months. My one virtue is that I’ve never been a junk food person.
What do you think?
Do you like a good meal? Do you worry about your age and the extra baggage? Do you care what you look like, especially if you’re “getting up there” ?
But one final photo. Okanagan peaches. Yum. 🙂
The vineyards of the Okanagan Valley are verdant and blowsy with green growing …
… and green globular wine grapes, tight with juice and flavour …
… unless they’re red. 🙂
Most of them will soon be ready for plucking. They will become lots of types of wine, both precious and humble, and everything in between.
Greetings from the vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. 🙂
We recently had dinner at a lovely winery called Kismet.Really nice Indian food accompanied by Kismet’s wines. These were great matches which is a bit of challenge with spicier foods as the wine can be overwhelmed.
We were also treated to their pretty rose garden.
And one more rosie.
Skol from the Okanagan Valley. 🙂
Recently, we stopped at the Nk’Mip Vineyard on a very hot summer day to have a bite, some water, and a glass of wine.
This bottle only had water, but it was lovely on a parched throat as we drank in the beautiful vista and waited for lunch.
Greetings from the ripening wine grapes of the Okanagan Valley. 🙂
The Okanagan Valley of British Columbia has the perfect environment for growing many types of wine grapes.
It’s very mild and damp in the winter and very hot and dry in the summer. Those conditions produce the right combinations of sugars and flavour profiles for many types of wines, especially “Bordeaux- style blends” (named after the region of France from where they originate), for which the Okanagan is also famous. In England, these blends used to be referred to as “claret.” Here they are often referred to as “meritage.”
One thing many people don’t realise about these grapes is that sometimes, a red grape produces a white wine.
In fact, sparkling wines (in France, it’s known as champagne) usually result from red grapes.
The Okanagan also produces fantastic ice wine. This is a dessert wine that results when grapes are touched by a slight frost. Ice wine is terrific with cheese – a perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Often, I enjoy a good Bordeaux-style blend or meritage.
With a steak or other hearty meal it’s heavenly.
Many people can be intimidated by wine and wine jargon. Try not to let that stop you, because finding a wine you like is one of life’s wonderful little things – and in moderation, it’s also good for you.
Do you like to enjoy a glass of wine?