Quotidien Brut 2016 Reviews

90 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner On Wine – August 2017

Heidi had worked as hard to make Quotidien Brut as if she had just bottle-fermented it. But she is nothing, if not determined. And she was determined to a wine where everything but the price reminded one of Champagne.

Kurtis Kolt – Georgia Straight – August 2017

I’d be lying if I said JoieFarm’s 2016 Brut Quotidien ($25) hadn’t hit the spot while we tucked into our pizza and schnitzel. Quotidien translates to “your daily ration”, and the name is meant to express the pleasure of enjoying cheery, accessible sparkling wine any time of the week. A blend of Chardonnay and Riesling, the wine has peach, pear, and lemonade notes that wonderfully echoed an Okanagan summer.

90 points – Michelle Bouffard – Wine Align – July 2017

Nez tout en fraîcheur avec des notes de fruits mûrs de citron et de pomme et une touche de miel. Corps léger et dotée d’une texture délicate. Simple, mais bien fait.

Fresh nose with notes of ripe fruit of lemon and apple and a touch of honey. Lightweight body with a delicate texture. Simple, but well done.

89 points – John Szabo – Wine Align – July 2017

As the name “brut quotidien” implies, this is a dry bubbly for everyday drinking, but a pretty fine average day it would be. Made from riesling and chardonnay in the tank/charmat method, this is all joyful fruit, fresh apple and pear, with an appealing whiff of white flowers. The palate is dry, further tightened up by firm acids, with decent length to be sure. This invites additional sips. A fine aperitif.

88 points – Treve Ring – Gismondi On Wine – July 2017

Apricot blossoms, tight pear, peach fuzz fill this new, foamy charmat fizz from Joie, a blend of riesling and chardonnay from vineyards in Kelowna, Naramata and Skaha. The 2016 fruit was dosed with Joie’s riesling solera, which has been quietly ticking away, unsulphured. Prickly bright on the palate, riding a swell of residual sugar and an even higher swell of total acidity, this is meant to be enjoyed young and fresh (this summer). Quotidien means “your daily ration”, if you need a reason to drink fizz daily. A serious price for a not so serious wine



‘En Famille’ Reserve Riesling 2015 Reviews

92 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The style for this tangy and complex wine is the German Spätlese style. The trick is to use grapes from old vines (average age of 34 months) and to finish the wine with racy acidity (7.9 grams) balanced with good natural sugar (20 grams). That gives wonderful tension on the palate. The intense aromas and flavours of lime and lemon jump onto the palate and linger on the long finish.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

I tasted all these wines in my office just last week when Noble swung by with them, and although I don’t put energy into keeping any sort of poker face when tasting with winemakers, there’s no way I could have maintained one upon trying this Riesling. After just one sip, I was automatically beaming, exclaiming: “Oh, wow!” So let’s allow that to stand as my initial tasting note.

Some lovely Ambrosia apple flavours fill the palate, and there’s even a touch of apple skin in there that provides some fine texture. What gets me most is the ginger notes that ride all the way through to the lengthy finish. I’m not talking ginger that may be on your baking rack but the fresh-sliced stuff that’s lively, clean, and zingy; it brings a really cool dimension to the wine.


“En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer 2015 Reviews

92 points– John Schreiner– John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The model for this wine was an Alsace Grand Cru; and the wine is very well executed. It begins with intense aromas of lychee and spice, leading equally intense flavours of lychee and quince set against an unctuous texture. The wine is exquisitely balanced with 10 grams of residual sugar against 5.4 grams of acid. The 13.5% alcohol enhances the richness of the wine.

93 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Bright, medium straw colour; rose water and lychee nose; full-bodied, just off-dry, opulent, exotic cardamom, Turkish Delight flavour, well-balanced, elegant and lingering. The best Gewurz I’ve tasted form BC.

92 points – Beppi Crosariol – The Globe and Mail – September 2017

Opulent in texture and lavish in flavour, this white calls to mind the more serious gewürztraminers of Alsace, the grape’s spiritual homeland. As for the flavours, here’s a list: tinned apricot, lychee, white table grapes coated in honey, fresh ginger, plus the classic gewürztraminer floral note of rose petals. Excellent balance and freshness for a low-acid grape.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

There’s so much intensity and purity of fruit with this wine, it’s almost like a Gewürztraminer reduction. It has all the attributes we expect from the variety; all of the litchi, rosewater, and ginger are present and opulent, with a nice dusting of sage to balance things out. The grape can make for soft or flabby wines from time to time, but the acid and structure here are right on point.


“En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

93 points – John Schreiner – John Schreiner on Wine – October 2017

The winery describes this as a careful barrel selection “from our most prized blocks at our Joie-run vineyard sites on the Skaha Bluff and the Naramata Bench. The wine was fermented in French oak primarily with indigenous yeast. The wine begins with aromas of citrus that  lead to a concentrated medley of fruit flavours – melon, white peach, citrus – around a spine of minerality. With imperceptible oak, this fruit forward Chardonnay is crisp and the finish lingers.

91 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017 

Bright straw colour; minerally, apple with a forest floor note on the nose, well integrated oak; full-bodied, ripe pear and apple flavours backed by spicy oak, buttery but dry and well-balanced with vanilla oak notes. Lovely mouth-feel with a long, Meyer lemon finish and a note of toasty oak.

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

A departure from the Un-Oaked Chardonnay above, the “En Famille” take on the grape is fermented with native yeast and carries some enjoyable lifted oak, perfectly balancing all the wine’s orchard fruit. All the pears are here, too: Bosc! Anjou! Bartlett! Each one of them is perfectly ripe yet still fresh, with juicy acidity. A stunning example of how elegant Okanagan Chardonnay can be, I think it’s the best one she has made to date.


Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2016 Reviews

90 points – Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara – April 2017

A highly aromatic and pure expression of Chardonnay with ripe tropical fruits, apple and citrus notes on the nose. It maintains freshness on the palate with a range of tropical fruit flavours, pineapple and touch of citrus to go with subtle minerality on the finish. A delight.

86 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

This is aromatically a very ripe, peachy, leesy chardonnay – non-oaked but there is plenty of complexity. It’s medium weight, with considerable acidity and lemon on the finish. Rather hard edged. The length is very good. I would give it some time to settle. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

From fruit sourced up on the eastern bench above Skaha Lake, this crisp, shimmering Chardonnay offers juicy bites of Granny Smith apple, then splashes into the tropics with notes of guava and mango, all buoyed by mouthwatering acidity and bright minerality. Barbecue some chicken as well as a little first-of-the-season asparagus and you’re good to go!


Muscat 2016 Reviews

91 points – Beppi Crosariol – Globe and Mail – May 2017

If one could bottle the sun, it might taste something like this. Light-bodied (at just 10.8 per cent alcohol) yet bursting with floral-spice aromatics and crisp, slightly off-dry flavours of peach, lemonade and white table grapes. Hello, summer.

89 points – John Szabo – Wine Align – April 2017

A classically perfumed, fragrant, very grapey muscat here from Joie Farm, a bit of a specialist in this lonely genre. There’s a lovely amalgam of elderflower and lemongrass, lemon and grapefuit, fresh tarragon and lavender on a dry, light, crisp frame. The moderate length finish is punctuated by a characteristic point of bitterness. Perfectly representative of the variety.

90 points – Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara – April 2017

I do love this spicy rendition of Muscat, chock full of cloves and other spices on top of peach, lemon and star fruit on the nose. It’s has a fresh and dry impression on the palate, with rousing spice notes, exotic fruits, lemon and lime with a crisp finish.

87 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

This has a very lifted and interesting muscat nose of lavender, lemon, wasabi, anise and floral notes. It’s mid-weight, dry and tart edged, quite grippy and high in acidity, which will certainly make it very refreshing on a hot summer day. But there is an austerity here that is a bit unexpected. Very lemony on the finish. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

Another pleasurable sipper that checks in at only 10.8 percent alcohol, so you can easily enjoy a couple of glasses without it weighing you down. When you’re swirling it in the glass, the aromatics are so darn pretty. Litchi, jasmine, rose petals, and grapefruit zest will fill the room, then charge their way onto your palate with a bunch of crunchy green grapes in tow.

A Noble Blend 2016 Reviews

89 points – Anthony Gismondi and Treve Ring – Gismondi on Wine – April 2017

Noble Blend has been a success story not only for JoieFarm, but for British Columbia wine almost from its inception. In the spirit of Alsace’s Edelzwicker (translated as ‘a noble blend’, founder / winemaker’s surname), this is a blend of gewürztraminer, riesling, pinot blanc, pinot auxerrois and muscat, sourced from 11 vineyards across the Okanagan Valley. Fragrant and perfumed, this aromatic white charms with juicy rosewater, lychee, orange blossom, ripe pear, pink grapefruit with gingersnap spicing on the snappy finish. In 2016 there is a return to the lighter, leaner, nimble, fresher Noble Blend that we have grown to love over the years. Well done Noble.

89 points – Remy Charest – Wine Align – April 2017

This signature blend of gewurztraminer, riesling, pinot blanc and pinot auxerrois is a real treat, in its 2016 incarnation. Fresh and aromatic at the same time, with a lovely texture on the palate. Delicious stuff.

90 points – Liam Carrier – Icon Scores – April 2017

Opens with a delectable nose of Tropical, citrus and orchard fruit aromas with a touch of clove and stonefruit supporting. This well-balanced, off-dry blend of 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling , 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Pinot Auxerrois and 5% Muscat delivers an irresistible combination of tangy citrus and ripe exotic fruit, minerals and herbs. Light, spicy notes linger on the moderate-plus finish with traces of citrus peel and hay. Further development is possible. Hold for another 2-3 years but not much longer than that. Drink now-2020.

88 points – Rick Vansickle – Wines in Niagara – April 2017

The blend is 38% Gewurztraminer, 37% Riesling, 11% Pinot Blanc, 8% Pinot Auxerrois and the rest Muscat. Made in the spirit of Gentil, a traditional Germanic varietal blend made in Alsace, this is a friendly and fresh white with a fragrant and exotic nose of lychee, grapefruit, tropical fruits, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s vibrant on the palate with a touch of honey sweetness to go with an array of exotic fruits, spice and perky, balancing acidity through the finish.

88 points – David Lawrason – Wine Align – April 2017

Joie has done a great job invoking the Alsatian character of BC aromatic whites. The climates of the two regions are similar. This has a lifted nose of lavender, spice, lemon and yellow plum aromas. It’s mid-weight, firm, dry and very bright, with quite green and yellow flavours on the palate. A bit astringent bitter. The length is very good to excellent. I would actually age this a year. Tasted April 2017

Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight – March 2017

Hey, maybe it’s a cliché, but Joie­Farm’s Noble Blend just may be the epitome of the Okanagan in a glass.

This year’s blend sees a mix of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Schoenberger, and Muscat, but it’s way more about the whole than the sum of its parts. An aromatic, breezy wine with zippy acidity, peaches, nectarines, Golden Delicious apples, and a few leaves of hallmark Okanagan sage.

Make things easy on yourself and pick up a couple of those Vij’s At Home boil-in-a-bag meals (I’m leaning toward the caramelized-onion and ginger lamb curry along with a little saag and paneer), pour a glass of this wine, and top it up liberally.


2016 Muscat Awards

Silver Medal, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon

2016 ‘Quotidien’ Brut

Double Gold, 2017 Cascadia Wine Awards, Oregon