This week, our friends at Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter* uncorked a very special fundraising project that’s easy for all of us to get behind, Dames Wine. As with all of Les Dames’ efforts, proceeds from Dames Wine goes towards supporting BC women’s food and beverage education.
Dame Mireille Sauvé, director of the Wine Umbrella and member of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, has put her wine skills to work to blend Dames Red and Dames White. Produced at Meyer Family Vineyard, using grapes from around the Okanagan the limited edition wines are available now.
Ms Sauvé refers to the red as a “fireplace” wine, enjoyed on its own or with charcuterie, cheeses, burgers or stews. It has a deep crimson colour and a rich, vanilla-infused mulled berry aroma with bright red cherry juice and notes of star anise.
The Dames White is a light straw colour with aromas of apricot, apple, pineapple and a hint of lime zest and mineral undertones. On the palate — light-bodied with lively acidity, racy lemon and lime. Pear, apricot and lychee fruit flavours.
As mentioned all the proceeds from Dames Wine goes towards Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship and education programs, of which Ms Sauvé is herself a recipient.
While I missed the debut, myself I’m looking forward to tasting the results of Dame Sauvé’s craft. You too, can get a taste by purchasing Dames Wine online or in select retail stores now.
*Les Dames d’Escoffier is a a society of professional woman. Its purpose is to promote the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of food, wine, hospitality, nutrition, food technology, the arts of the table and other fields as they relate to these disciplines. Women in BC are invited to apply for scholarships annually to pursue their education in these fields.