Joie Farm is certainly one of the most delightful wineries in the Okanagan. Their crisp whites and easy-drinking rosé and Passetoutgrain, evoking the Burgundian blend of gamay and pinot noir) are consistently some of the most pleasant wines in British Columbia’s wine country. Careful and well-controlled in their approach – sometimes almost to a fault – they produce well-defined cuvees like this Noble Blend, made in the spirit of Alsace with a blend of the French region’s traditional varieties. The 2011 is the most successful vintage of that cuvée – at least of the last three I tasted. It strikes a wonderful balance between the crispness of riesling, the floral aromatics of gewürztraminer and the friendly fruitiness of pinot blanc, all combining into a clean, long, expressive finish. A wine for all sorts of occasions, from simple summer sipping to accompanying grilled pork chops or fish in a cream sauce. Highly recommended. RC

WHO: Joie Farm
WHAT: White blend (38% riesling, 33% gewürztraminer, 14% pinot blanc, 11% pinot auxerrois),
WHERE: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
WHEN: 2011
HOW MUCH: $24 CDN (from the winery)

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.