There are some days that cannot be improved upon. In late June, my husband had to chair a meeting in Mission. The location was a private home overlooking the mountains on the north shore of the Fraser River. We drove through the back roads from Walnut Grove to Mission, thus avoiding Hwy 1 traffic. The farms and fields were green and lush as we wound our way through the rural roads. It was a warm sunny day. The blues skies afforded us an impeccable view of Mt. Baker until we turned towards our destination.
On the way home, I suggested we stop at one of the wineries we had spotted along the route to Mission. We had a choice of Seaside Pearl or Singletree wineries along Harris Road. I picked Singletree for a brief “degustation”.
Located on Mt. Lehman Road, Singletree winery is a family-owned business. It offers lovely grounds to host events such as weddings or paint parties. On this day, the traffic coming through the entrance was rather heavy as a wedding had just ended. We managed to see the bridal party being photographed among the grapevines. A beautiful setting!
I chose a flight of 6 wines which included whites, reds and a rose. Some of the varietals are grown on their property, while others are brought in from the Okanagan. Over the past years, I have tasted many different wines, both in Canada and abroad. I had never heard of Gruner Vetliner. This white wine is said to have aromas of citrus, peach and honey. The grapes are 100% grown on their estate.
Of all the wines I tasted, this one really pleased my palate. I purchased a bottle as a souvenir of this perfect day and stored it for future enjoyment.
When we lived in Australia, someone told us that 80% of the wines were purchased for consumption within 4 hours. I admit to having those shopping habits. It is a bit unusual that I would hold on to a bottle for more that a week. Imagine my delight when I opened the Gruner Vetliner a few weeks later and realized what a truly delicious wine it is!
Here’s to sunny days and discovering great wines in the Fraser Valley. Cheers!
What a pretty place for a vineyard. We don’t store wine for long.
There are so many vineyards popping up in this area. It reminds me of the Bendigo area. We used to drive around on Sundays to get to know the neighbourhood and came across some lovely wineries there. Great memories.
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