Jackson Triggs Gold Series Cabernet Sauvignon Sun Rock Vineyard 2009, Okanagan, Canada
T his review is a bit of a tease because if you aren’t in Canada you probably won’t be able to find this wine. Canada’s liquor laws are as crazy as ours, so it is illegal to ship wine from Canada to the United States.
But if you find yourself in Canada, look for a Jackson Triggs wine. I visited there several years ago during a wine writers conference, and I was blown away by the quality and the prices.
I tasted about a dozen of their wines and they all were wonderful. This single-vineyard cab from the Okanagan (say it OAK-a-NAH-gen) Valley in British Columbia was about the most expensive wine I could find there and it cost $30.
I rediscovered a bottle in my cellar this week, so we had it with dinner. I worried that at 10 years old it might not be very good. What a surprise when it turned out to be better than ever.
All the tannins have been absorbed and the wine is left with rich fruit flavors. It has pleasant dark fruit aromas, but all the flash is in the flavor. It took a few minutes for this wine to open up, but once it did, the results were spectacular.
Blackberry and blueberry flavors mixed with plum flooded my senses. The velvety mouthfeel and deep, rich flavors made this drink like a much more expensive wine. The tannins were there to give the wine body, but they were smooth and mellow. As I drank more I picked up flavors of cassis, some chocolate and some spice.
Teri and I both loved the mellow depth of this wine. It was a fantastic discovery. Now I wish I could run to a nearby store and buy some. I guess it will have to wait until the next time I can get to Canada.
Did you know?…Jackson Triggs Winery has been named the best Canadian winery in many national and international competitions. Founders Allan Jackson and Don Triggs, established the winery in 1993, focusing on quality, value and tradition.
They have estate vineyards and tasting rooms in Niagara and Okanagan, producing a wide variety of wines, including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier, pinot grigio, moscato, riesling-gewurztraminer blend, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot noir, shiraz, several sparkling wines and some icewines.
The wine certainly was better than the food for this dinner.
Try it with: Teri bought me an air fryer for Christmas so we decided to try it out with chicken. I loved deep-fried chicken, and she thinks I need to eat healthier, so her not-so-subtle hint was the air fryer.
After using it once, I would say it’s a bust. The thing basically cooks with hot air. The fried chicken fingers tasted fine, but the food did not look tasty at all.
I followed the manufacturer’s recipe for breading the chicken and placing it in the fryer. What came out had no eye appeal. Flecks of white flour were mixed with nicely browned area, making the chicken look more like funnel cakes than fried chicken. (See photo above.)
We added frozen French fries, canned peas and a tossed salad for a quick and easy meal.
The wine made up for the so-so meal.
I think the next time I’ll try doing French fries with the air fryer, but I’m doubting very much that the air fryer will have a place in my kitchen.
From: Okanagan, Canada
Cost: $30
Year: 2009

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