Everyone loves to visit wineries and in my opinion, the best ones to visit are the small boutique ones. Wineries that have something special to offer, a winery thinking “outside the box” and run by people that pay attention to detail and are always striving towards improving their wines and pleasing their customers.
Well after spending some time at Forbidden Fruit Winery in Cawston, British Columbia, Canada, I can say that they are one of those little jems that make winery visits a lot of fun.
One of the wines tasted in this video (the apricot mistelle) just won a “Platinum” award at the Wine Press Northwest wine competition. This is a high level competition where only gold medal winners from various wine competitions in the Pacific North West are invited to compete.
Here are the tasting notes from the competitions:
2008 Caught Apricot Mistelle, Similkameen Valley Steve and Kim Venables are not making your parents’ fruit wine. Rather, these are serious efforts from organically grown fruit along the Similkameen River in a valley just west of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. This fortified dessert wine is made from certified-organic apricots. It’s a harmonious and elegant wine that reveals aromas and flavors of apricots and peaches, and the added alcohol does not overwhelm the fruit. This is a wine to enjoy on a cold winter’s day. Gold (Northwest Wine Summit). (180 cases, 17% alc.)
So as far as fruit wines are concerned, this represents the “creme de la creme” of awards…congrats Forbidden Fruit Winery!