My Wife’s Notes – 2009 Sperling Old Vines Riesling – Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

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Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

  • 1 baguette
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 10-12 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4-6 large green olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup romano cheese, grated

Preheat the oven on high broil.  Thinly slice the baguette, and lay the slices on a large cookie sheet.  Place it in the oven until the bread starts to brown. Remove from the oven, flip the slices over and toast again until the bread is browning.  After you remove from heat, slice a clove of garlic in half and rub each piece on one side with the freshly cut piece of garlic. Set aside.

Chop the tomatoes, onion, basil, olives and remaining garlic, and place in a bowl.  Add generous splashes of olive oil and balsamic, and mix thoroughly.  Place a spoonful of the mixture on each slice of bread, and top with grated romano.  Broil on high for a minute until the cheese starts to melt, remove and serve immediately.

Earlier this week I found myself in my home office, working away on editing photos while peals of laughter echoed from the living room.  Alana was hosting a shower for her best-friend-bride-to-be, and I politely excused myself with a bottle of wine, a plateful of bruschetta, and noise cancelling headphones.


Bruschetta is my favorite appetizer to serve, and is my favorite “don’t really feel like cooking tonight” meal replacement.  It’s simple to make, tasty, looks great, and I usually have all the ingredients kicking around in my fridge.  Alana likes it too, so it’s been the featured dinner item for dinner several times already.  And to take my mind further away from the girls discussing I-don’t-even-want-to-know down the hall, I went straight for the 2009 Sperling Old Vines Riesling.

Grown and bottled a stone’s throw from my house, this Riesling is a shining star of Sperling.  Although the winery itself is recent newcomer to Okanagan scene, the same can’t be said for the vines or the winemakers.  From vines planted in 1978 and crafted by ancestors of the family who first farmed the land in the 1800’s, this wine is steeped with local history.

My Notes:

As an off-dry Riesling, this wine appears thick, leaving a coat on the sides of the glass as it is swirled around, releasing fragrances of fresh squeezed lime.  The first sip is big and full of flavor, with sweet lime as the dominant flavor off the top.  With subsequent sips, the lime notes give way to more subdued citrus and stone-fruit flavors, perfectly balanced to keep sipping. The thick mouthfeel remains throughout the finish, which surprised me; most Rieslings in this area tend have a lighter body, although this wine did have a strong mineral finish that is characteristic of Okanagan Rieslings.  Tart and mouthwatering at the end, I couldn’t wait to refill my glass. This is one I’ll definitely be buying again. 91 points.

My Wife’s Notes:

“I could drink this all day.”

Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling 2009. $29.00 from the Sperling Vineyards wineshop.

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