MEDIA & AWARDS

“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Reviews

92 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017

Medium ruby colour; earthy, cherry with oak spice on the nose, tobacco and floral top notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, cherry and currant flavours; velvety mouth-feel, richly extracted, firmly structured and well-balanced with resolved tannins. (92)

2015 PTG Reviews

90 points – Tony Aspler – September 2017 Ruby colour; cherry pit nose with a candied raspberry note; medium-bodied, dry, lovely mouth-feel; cherry, red plum with a licorice note and a floral grace note.

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

Plein de Vie Brut 2016 Reviews

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

It begins with aromas of cherry and strawberry that are echoed in the flavours. The active mousse, achieved by gentle carbonation gives this a creamy texture. This is a very easy to drink sparkling rose with a crisp dry finish.

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

Tastes like summer. 2016 Plein de Vie Brut is a pinot meunier, pinot noir, chardonnay charmat fizz. Like its white brethern it is a bit foamy but bright, fresh and friendly showing just-crushed raspberries and strawberry jam, on a bright, frothy palate all with a kiss of sunny sweetness and a lift of bright cranberry acidity. Fun!

2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

This year, our 2015 Reserve Chardonnay, 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir and 2015 Pinot Noir represented JoieFarm wines at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. Triumphantly, each wine returned home with a medal:  Silver (Reserve Pinot Noir) and Bronze (Reserve Chardonnay and Pinot Noir).

For full results, visit Decanter’s article here.

To have the award winning wines shipped to your door, visit our online store.

‘En Famille’ Reserve Riesling 2015 Reviews

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

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

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.