Eav Vivre is a “family-run boutique winery” that is located in Cawston, BC. They are one of the growing number of wineries located in the Similkameen Valley – an area full of farms, microclimates, and really great soils.
Dale and Geraldine are the proud owners of Eau Vivre. To support the unity between the land and their wines, the family is using sustainable and biodynamic practices.
Sauvignon Blanc can be made in a variety of ways. One can find tropical fruit-driven examples from places like New Zealand, or one can locate dry and herbaceous examples from the Loire Valley in France. Whatever style you like Sauvignon Blanc to be in, one thing I know I enjoy most about Sauvignon Blanc is its acidity. For me, Sauv Blanc should be refreshing, zippy, and paired with a hot summer aft.
The 2013 Eau Vivre Sauvignon Blanc ($17.00 CAD) fulfilled my last statement with ease. Okay, well, it is still technically Springtime, but I’m okay with that. Are you?
Regardless of the time of year it is, the EV didn’t disappoint. It was refreshing and zippy with lots of fresh squeezed lime juice, tart apple, and a palate-cleansing acidity. There were additional notes of grapefruit pith, dry grass, and quince. This is a great food-pairing wine, and the level of acidity in the wine made it the perfect pairing for shrimp cocktail in an avocado. I could not have made that particular pairing better. While sipping, I thought I could have also used some scallops with beurre blanc and a few pea shoots to go. One can dream.
I’m very intrigued with how Geurztraminer shows itself in British Columbia. Eau Vivre nailed it.
Their 2013 Gew ($17.00 CAD) is lively and intensely youthful. Classic white pepper notes, white peach, lime zest, sliced apple, and chamomile all work together quite harmoniously on the bouquet.
Palate wise, this vintage is off-dry with a medium body (which is typical of Gewurztraminer). Fuzzy peach, Atulfo mango, juicy green pear, and a hint of lime zest pith dance around on the tongue. Of course, Gew would not really be Gew without that white pepper note on the palate as well. If you are a terroir fan, you’ll be excited to know that this particular Gew also carries some stony minerality. Super clean on the finish to boot.
The Gew is showing extremely well right now. Drink up!
Interested in more Eau Vivre? Watch for more reviews on The Demystified Vine or you can visit their website at http://www.eauvivrewinery.com. Make sure to stop into the winery and say hello!
7 thoughts on “Eau Vivre’s Bright Whites from the Similkameen”
Thanks for the great review! I am very supportive of the BC wine industry and also love a good Gewurtz. 🙂
Hi Lynette – glad to hear that you love BC wines. We have an awesome little wine industry here. Have you tried the Eau Vivre whites before?
No, I haven’t. I looked around here (Alberta) a bit for them but I suspect that I probably need to get some from the winery. My husband and I have a standing order with Black Hills for a number of theirs – there are so many good BC wines that we otherwise just can’t get here. The best part, however, is that we are moving to the Okanagan in the fall! Really looking forward to it! 🙂
Oh neat! That is exciting that you are moving to the Okanagan! Are you in the wine business in Alberta? I’m very excited for you; you are going to have a field day in the interior tasting all of the wines! Make sure to stop into Eau Vivre, Clos du Soleil, and Corcelettes. All Similkameen and true to terroir.
No, we’re not in the wine business but I wouldn’t mind it! 🙂 We just love a good glass of wine and have enjoyed trips to the Okanagan before. We are both knowledgeable amateurs. Thanks so much for the pointers – I enjoy your blog. 🙂
Well, who knows! Maybe you’ll end up working for a winery when you move to BC.
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