EditorsNote

Spring blasted into the Okanagan full force last month pushing us happily into another early growing season. Who knows what Mother Nature has in store for us this year, but no matter what, there is no place better to be than wine country. Here is where we eat, drink and celebrate local and Spring heralds the releases of the first highly anticipated 2015 vintages. Wine buzz is that the crazy weather last year has resulted in some damn good wine! There are plenty of amazing food and drink events to enjoy throughout our glorious province ahead, so plan your calendars…

WineGlasswriter

Remember how cool wine charms where when they came out? What an amazing invention—a way to remember which wine glass is yours. As a hostess, there is nothing worse than seeing three times the number of empty wine glasses, many with wine in them, at the end of an event all because your guests forgot which glass was theirs and grabbed a new one. Alas, the charms had the same effect…a couple of glasses of wine later and one tends to forget which charm was theirs. However, forgetting your name is another story. The Wine Glass Writer is the genius…

Adega

Adega on 45th Estate Winery in Osoyoos (Adega means wine cellar in Portuguese) is located on the road to Spirit Ridge and has quickly established a reputation that deserves a visit this spring. It’s a family affair with Fred Farinha and wife Pamala, and sister Maria Nunes and husband Alex, at the centre of the family business, with children pitching in to help in the tasting room. “My parents were some of the first Portuguese families to farm in this area, and purchased an orchard in 1966, but it came to a point- as for many orchard farmers -that we…

Clos

Very exciting things have been happening at Clos du Soleil Winery. Last season they completed their new state-of-the-art winery and new tasting room. “When we re-open May 1 this will be the first full season for visitors to fully appreciate the new facility,” says Michael Clark, managing director and winemaker. “We are eager to welcome people, show them our new project and share our award-winning wines.” Clos du Soleil has been fortunate to receive many awards for their wines over the years. “Most recently we submitted three wines to the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London, England, and won Silver…

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Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery has been crowned “King of the Platinum” by Wine Press Northwest at the 16th Annual Platinum Judging that determines the best of the best of wines from the Pacific Northwest. It is a tough event to get into as only wines that have won at least a Gold medal at a professionally judged competition are allowed to be entered. Over the years, Gehringer has won an average of 3.5 Platinum medals per year for a total of 56 and are not likely to be dethroned anytime soon. Second place is held by Mary Hill Winery from…

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Desert Hills is getting their 2015 whites ready for the busy season. Winemaker Anthony Buchanan is ready to make sure that the Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Cactus White are all ready for the beginning of the season. Buchanan has been consulting since November but recently came onboard full-time as winemaker. “There’s room to grow here,” says Anthony. “Working with 100% estate fruit is going to be a lot of fun.” With his experience in producing top flight award-winning Pinot Noir, is there going to be a new wine in the Desert Hills portfolio? “Absolutely!” says Anthony. “We will…

CCJentsch

Winemaker Amber Pratt (pictured) is clearly enjoying the craft of blending wines. The flagship wine for C.C. Jentsch, The Chase, is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Sometimes batches come along that are just too good on their own, so Amber sets it aside to bottle for the Small Lots series. Chardonnay and Viognier have been featured as Small Lots previously, but the only red to be featured has been Malbec. With only two barrels made of the highly successful 2013 Malbec, Amber was able to save an extra barrel for the 2014…

bov

Dining at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant is a culinary highlight when you are touring the South Okanagan’s wine country. In 2014 the Sonora Room won the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plate for Best Winery/Vineyard Restaurant, and the restaurant is consistently one of TripAdvisor’s top recommendations. Reviews on OpenTable are almost universally five stars. To celebrate Spring Wine Festival, the Sonora Room Restaurant will be offering a nightly six-course wine paired dinner April 29th—May 8th, 2016, starting at 5:00 pm.  Each splendid course by the culinary team will be expertly paired with library and current vintage wines from Burrowing Owl’s…

Fairview

Fairview Cellars owner Bill Eggert has added two new wines to the portfolio. For fans of Fairview’s Crooked Post Pinot Noir, a new Pinot Noir will be released this spring. 2014 Eagle Bluff Vineyard   Pinot Noir  This new Pinot is an intensely aromatic wine with equally pronounced flavours. Though it is lighter in colour than other Fairview red wines (other than the aforementioned Crooked Post Pinot Noir), the huge flavor of this wine is pure Fairview-style: intense red cherries and wild strawberries wrapped in a light package of baking spices all held together with a ribbon of beautiful acidity.…