A few weekends ago, we yachted over to Sea Star vineyards on Pender Island to wine and dine al fresco at this beautiful, rustic, coastal, island winery. (Okay, it wasn’t TECHNICALLY a yacht…)
We’ve tasted Sea Star wines before in various Vancouver restaurants (their rosé made our list of favourite rosé-by-the-glass at The Winebar/Provence), but this was our first visit to their Pender Island winery.
Owner David Goudge bought this property in 2012, resuscitated the former Morning Bay vineyard, and hired on coastal winemaker Ian Baker, formerly from Salt Spring’s Mistaken Identity vineyards. They’ve been producing award winning wines since, and last year expanded the winery by purchasing the Saturna Island vineyard across the straight.
We tasted their Encore – a Merlot Cab Franc blend from Osoyoos grapes; Salish Sea, a white blend of Ortega and Siegerrebe from their organic Pender Island vineyard; Stella Maris, an estate white blend of Gewurztraminer, Pinot noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Ortega and Schoenberger; the aromatic German white Siegerrebe grown from their neighboring Clam Farm vineyard on Pender; and Poetry, their Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir dessert wine. Phew! They were sold out of our favorite Blanc de Noir rosé, but that’s probably a good thing! 🤪.
We sat in their gorgeous (licensed!) garden area with delicious snacks from their food truck, “Island Time”.
We left with a boat full of wine, and we will definitely be back! Next time, by yacht so we can haul more wine back. (p.s. who’s got a yacht?).
Let us know your favourite coastal wines!