The unique beauty of the North Okanagan’s Larch Hills Winery is reflected in each bottle of their sumptuous white, red, rosé and dessert wines. This year Larch Hill, which produces 4,000 to 6,000 cases of wine annually, celebrates their 15th anniversary.
Proprietors Hazel and Jack Manser have operated the winery for 7 years, increasing the vineyard from 5 acres to 15. Their selection of grapes has grown too, and they now offer over 15 wines. The Mansers are very conscious of pricing and have actually adjusted the cost downward on several wines.
Topping the list of recommendations is their delicious Siegerrebe. With a tropical, floral bouquet, this perennial favourite has a pleasant and lasting finish. Surprisingly, it also goes well with red meat.
Another popular selection is the Larch Hills Gewürztraminer, with a very noticeable spiciness and a bouquet reminiscent of roses. You’ll find crisp flavours of tropical fruit and almond. This wine is finished dry, and works well with heavily spiced dishes.
New this year is the Tamarack Rosé 2011. Created from a blend of St. Laurent and Lemberger grapes, this is a refreshing and well-balanced blush that goes very well with salmon.
Enjoy a day in the North Okanagan and you’ll find a selection of fine wines to suit any palate at Larch Hills Winery.
~ Deanna Rainey