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Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011

Okanagan Valley starts picking Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest for the 2011 vintage reportedly began Wednesday in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.

"It is true. We picked our first grapes — some Sauv Blanc from Osoyoos," said Jay Drysdale of Enotecca Wineries and Resorts, which operates LaStella and Le Vieux Pin wineries. "We brought in about two tons. We are picking Muscat (Friday) from the Black Sage Bench and will be processing it (Saturday). The fruit looks good though. No mildew like last year."

He noted, "The Sauv has good flavour and the right amount of brix, but the acid is quite high."

Drysdale said there are plans to pick Sauvignon Blanc from the estate LaStella Vineyard near the Black Sage Bench on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate began taking its Sauvignon Blanc on Sept. 15.

"It is tasting rich and crisp with nice asparagus flavours," J-T viticulturalist Frank Hellwig said in a news release. "Despite a cooler and wetter year, like 2010, the last three weeks of warm weather have really helped to advance veraison and kick start ripening."