Wine of the Week: Refresh with Frind Estate Winery Riesling
Frind Estate Winery hit the headlines when its famous owner Markus Frind, creator of the legendary dating site Plenty of Fish decided to change his lifestyle and dive into the wine industry in 2017.
Friend purchased the gorgeous historic lakefront Bennett property on the shores of West Kelowna — another newsworthy item, making it the first beach winery in North America where he aims to continue matchmaking, but this time with wine.
A cool little history blurb on that famous property, according to Frind's website: “This stunning lakefront property was the home of former B.C. Premier, Bill Bennett. The Bennett family raised their children in the beautifully renovated home on site, while in service to the province from 1976 to 1982. The patriarch of the family and Bill's father, W.A.C. Bennett, was the longest serving Premier to the province of B.C. from 1952 to 1973. He was also the president of the Okanagan's first winery: "Calona Wines".
Markus Frind actually has farming roots — over 500 years of family farming history that he has combined now with his passion and success in the technology industry using cutting edge technology to create wine. With well known local winemaker Eric Von Krosigk at the helm, Frind has a large portfolio of wines to choose from – red, white, rosé and sparkling.
Coming soon will be an eatery on that beach. Annie's Beach Pizza Patio & Grill will be opening soon featuring pizzas made in a state of the art pizza oven. Pizza and wine on the beach? I’m in.
2018 Premier Riesling
The warmer location in which this Riesling grows, offers a sweeter version reminiscent of a ripe Auslese (German Late Harvest) that brings out distinct mineral characteristics. This rich, full bodied wine showcases some floral notes and aromas of chamomile, hibiscus backed by ripe peach & sugar cookie. A refreshing easy sipper on the patio or, perfectly paired with shellfish, creamy pasta and strong cheeses.
Silver Medal Win - LWC
∼Silver Medal 87 pts London Wine Competition
The newly released vintage of Riesling has been a unique wine from grape to bottle. The two vineyards were hand harvested late season allowing for extra hang time to mature and develop.
The Kelowna vineyard (78%) was harvested October 18th, 2019 and the Oliver vineyard (22%) was harvested October 24th, 2019. The complexity of this off dry wine begins with honeysuckle and wildflower aromas, followed by fresh stone fruit and citrus flavours on the palate with bright, crisp acidity.
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