Spring is upon us and so are the signs of this most feverish of all seasons. Brighter, warmer days spur on bud burst in the vineyards. And just as hibernating animals awaken and return to roam the forests, so do Okanagan oenophiles return to our beloved patios! Patio season is back, and one of the most glorious patios on which to sip local vintages is at Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery.

Located in West Kelowna along the Westside Wine Trail, Mt. Boucherie is perfectly situated for getting a post-winter dose of Vitamin D while enjoying a glass of Vitamin W. You’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the vineyards, Okanagan Lake, and the surrounding mountains. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the sun-drenched back patio (just off the back door of the wine shop!), or relax under the new shade sail out front.

Mt. Boucherie’s extensive portfolio, crafted from 100% estate-grown grapes by Winemaker Jim Faulkner, truly has something for every taste. (Some portfolio wines are only available on site.)

2008 Estate Collection Un-oaked Semillon $14.99

Lovely fruit flavours of apricot, guava, and tangerine, with herbal notes on the finish. Malolactic fermentation yields a soft and full feel in the mouth. Try with fish and seafood.

2010 Chardonnay Summit Reserve $24.99

Soft and silky to drink, the stone fruit flavours in this well-balanced wine shine through. Brand new French oak barrels have imparted toasty popcorn notes. Limited quantities, only 200 cases available.

2010 Estate Collection Gamay $14.99

Delicate leafy and herbaceous characteristics, strawberry and rhubarb fruit, and pleasantly surprising notes of white pepper. 100% stainless steel production. Mt. Boucherie recommends you serve it slightly chilled.

2008 Summit Reserve Merlot $19.99

One of the most versatile wines in Mt. Boucherie’s portfolio, this Merlot makes a wonderful glass on its own or can be paired with a variety of meats, or a bowl of pasta. Well developed fruit characteristics make this a joy to drink now, but the structure indicates it will hold up well for ageing.

~ Kris Johnson