Last night I was amongst some of Vancouver’s most well-known lifestyle and food/drink bloggers at the launch of the much anticipated—as social media proved— Apothic White wine here in Vancouver. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “Apothic? That sounds a bit eerie!” But again, if you’re like me, you would appreciate that the name was originated from the mysterious place called Apotheca, where wine merchants used to store their most prized wine possessions in the 13th century. Combine that “Old World intrigue” with modern sophistication, and you have yourself Apothic wine.
The Apothic White launch took place at a fairly new venue called District 319, which I personally think should be deemed a hot spot in the city, if it hasn’t been already. From its exterior, it’s not obvious that District 319 is as spacious a venue that it is. And with the vintage-embellished Apothic brand that adorned the space, once you stepped foot into the entrance of District 319, you knew it would be a fabulous evening. Plus, everyone was given a masquerade styled black mask upon entering the event—such a simple yet fun and interactive gift, and not to mention a prop for many photo ops!
Inside, the crowd of stylish young professionals and groomed wine enthusiasts had the opportunity to listen to the history of how Apothic Wine was born and of course, celebrate the newly launched white wine, after the successful launch of its red wine predecessor, Apothic Red.
The California-born Apothic White wine was made in 2011 and offers tastebuds a vibrant and bold flavor, yet smooth and flavorful with hints of “peach, pineapple, honey and vanilla spice”. Apothic White’s aromatic sweetness comes from its blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato. Yes that’s right. Three of my favourite white wines combined together to create a Super White Wine, also known as Apothic White. What I’ve learned about wines (yes I DO know a bit about wine!) is that generally, when grapes are frozen, or harvested in cooler weather, they are sweeter, and this is why frozen grapes are selected, fermented and pressed when making the very sweet ice wines. And in a similar approach for Apothic White, the winemaker notes read “…the cooler temperatures allowed bright acidity and ideal sugar levels to develop in grapes selected for Apothic White. Overall, the smaller yields led to greater concentration and high quality fruit with complex flavors and aromas.”
It’s the type of wine that I find is easy to drink, and perfect for either a warm summer evening or a cooler fall one, snuggled up on the couch while reading a book or writing. You can’t go wrong!
Since it is a sweeter wine, I find Apothic White pairs well with savory flavors, similar to the appetizers and finger foods that were provided at the event. There I tried tasty items such as ceviches, savory egg tarts, and duck meat atop a piece of French bread. There was also a cheese, ham and cracker spread, along with the popular dessert bar.
Aside from the delicious wine tasting and food eating, the evening provided a great opportunity to catch up with friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile.
You can purchase a bottle of either Apothic White or Apothic Red online at The Barrel Roomor at your local BC Liquor Store for $16.95 CAD. You can visit Apothic on their website, Facebook page, or Twitter.
Experience Apothic’s bold and rich “Old World” history that has been packaged sophisticatedly for your tasting pleasure.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!