Wine Wednesday: Covert Farms Amicitia

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There ain’t no thing like a chicken wing! But whatever shall I serve with them?

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Roasted chicken = merlot. And even if your roasted chicken is as humble as a chicken wing, it’s a great match.

Now, if you have spices buffalo sauce, or honey garlic, that’s another matter. But for a good old salt and pepper wing, let me recommend some lovely Amicitia from Covert Farms.

This gorgeous organic farm is near Oliver, BC, and it looks as picturesque in person as on the bottle. A few of my friends buy organic field tomatoes for canning from this farm, and I’ve heard rave reviews about the berries. But my favourite organic find is the wine… It’s fabulous.

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My friends first brought Covert Farms to my attention when two of them brought bottles to a wine tasting night at my house. Both were awesome.

Amicitia (no idea how to say this, but luckily, I just have to spell it,) is a blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Syrah, Malbec and a wee but of Zinfandel. All Bordeaux varieties, except the Zin, and in Right Bank ratios. Jason admired this wine, as it’s quality was obvious, but it’s a bit too feminine for him.

Very lusciously purple fruit, with aromas of chocolate, coffee, damson plums, dark black cherries, vanilla, and baking spices. YUMMers. Full body, nice high acidity and soft but evident tannins, and a lovely blueberry blush at the end of the taste. It’s got a reasonably long finish, and really distinct complexity. Again, yum. Serious yum.

If you are in the Okanagan, put this on your list of places to visit… Especially if you have kids. It’s an awesome place to play and lose your children, while you sip and savour your tastes of wine. Just don’t forget to bring your picnic basket with a roasted chicken!

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