THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin
Oliver, BC | Le Vieux Pin Winery and Homer St. Café are teaming up this spring to showcase a very limited edition Roussanne, paired with two contemporary French inspired dishes. This is the first time Le Vieux Pin Winemaker and Viticulturist Severine Pinte has created a single varietal, single vineyard Roussanne. The stars aligned during the growing season of 2014, and what is typically known as an extremely challenging noble variety, gave a wine of such clarity that Pinte decided to do a special release of just 50 cases of this beguiling aromatic white. To date, Le Vieux Pin isn’t aware of any other winery in the Okanagan producing a single varietal Roussanne, which makes this wine especially unique.
Chris West (Chef de Cuisine) and Darren Kaushal (Restaurant Manager) of the notable Homer St. Café in Yaletown, will be featuring the Le Vieux Pin Roussanne exclusively in Vancouver so restaurant goers will have an opportunity to sample this rare bottle. Homer St. Café has crafted two new seasonal dishes featuring locally harvested produce, that will make this a pairing experience you don’t want to miss:
1. Brand new to our spring menu, the Pork Hock and Chicken terrine. Served with a grilled endive remoulade and grilled focaccia. The smokiness of the pork hock is cut perfectly with the acidity of the wine. The beautiful floral and stone fruit notes of the wine pair nicely with the spices and herbs used in the terrine. And the texture and balance of the meat goes great with the body of the wine.
2. First of the season halibut! This wine is perfect for fresh BC halibut. We receive fresh fish daily and our chef’s fillet it in house. The side to accompany the fish will be changing due to new local produce being harvested and delivered to us each day. We work with a number of local farms and many items we bring in a harvested that day and are of very limited quantity.” – Darren Kaushal, Homer St. Café.
The 2014 Roussanne is inspired by the great white wines of the Northern Rhone (think Hermitage Blanc). 50% was aged in French Oak Puncheons, and received battonage twice a week for 3 months and once every 2 weeks for the last 5 months, the other 50% in stainless steel. It has an aromatic intensity, with notes of herbal tea, peach, pear, and honey. Full and rich on the palate with a vibrant backbone of acidity. Although delicious to enjoy now, it will easily age well in the cellar for at least 5+ years.
Le Vieux Pin are very happy to be partnering with Homer St. Café on this rare spring feature.
Le Vieux Pin Winery | 5496 Black Sage Rd Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0
Phone: 250-498-8388 | Fax: 250-498-8399
Web: www.levieuxpin.ca | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Tasting Room Hours: Mar-Oct, 11am-5pm | Off-season: by appointments.
The People That Make It Happen
Winemaker: Severine Pinte
About Le Vieux Pin
With first vintage released in 2005, Le Vieux Pin is situated on the famed Black Sage Bench in Canada’s only pocket desert in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Le Vieux Pin is named after the majestic old pine tree in their Oliver vineyard. Canadian wine industry considers Le Vieux pin the leading Syrah and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne producer in BC. The wines capture the essence of French winemaking tradition, but with the fruit and character of the New World. Le Vieux Pin is dedicated to making wines that are elegant and focused, with stamp of time and place. Along with their sister winery, LaStella, they have upwards of 50 acres of prime vineyards in Oliver’s Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench, as well as the Osoyoos Lake district. In their commitment to excellence, Le Vieux Pin practises low input viticulture and sustainable farming to achieve very low yields and complex, concentrated flavours in their grapes. The winemaking philosophy is non-interventionism in approach. These fine wines can be sourced in select restaurants and fine wine merchants across Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Holland.
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