This is one of those, "How did I get HERE?" Internet rabbit trails. I was asking my vines rep about appropriate chards for our new little vineyard, and he mentioned a chardonnay musque as a possibility. "The musque would have a very floral nose on it."
So I started searching for chardonnay musque. The 5th Google hit mentioned Blasted Church Chardonnay Musque, Okanagan, Canada.
With a name like that, I just had to look them up.
Their site, labels and almost all of the wines play off the "Blasted Church" theme, and interestingly, there really was a blasted church....
On a cool spring morning in 1929, a small crew from Okanagan Falls set off to a deserted mining camp some 16 miles away from home. Their mission: to dismantle an old wooden church and bring it back to Okanagan Falls.
The plan called for a controlled blast of four dynamite sticks inside the church in order to "loosen the nails". Odd as it may seem, the explosion spared the wood from damage during dismantling.
Save for losing the steeple, the plan succeeded. Now, the 120 year old wooden church stands proudly in its second home of Okanagan Falls.
In naming our VQA wines "Blasted Church", we celebrate the ingenuity of this initiative, and honour these pioneers for their vision, steadfastness and craftsmanship.