Our whites are crisp, refreshing and very fruit forward with highly aromatic properties,” say owners Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery. “Wonderful on their own, but they pair very well with a variety of foods.”
The red wines at Recline Ridge, which specializes in cool climate varietals, are generally lighter in style than others, but still present full fruit aromas and flavours.
“We have a full line of whites, reds, a rosé and dessert wines, so something for everyone.”
Recline Ridge’s setting and wine shop in Tappen are unique and stunning. The patio is designated as a licensed picnic area, so wine can be purchased for consumption on the patio outside the log cabin wine shop.
“This micro-climate supports lush tree growth, including Cedar and Larch, so the views are spectacular, with the mountains rising high above the lake,” says Graydon. “Our wine shop is absolutely unique, originally constructed as a post-and-beam log home for a family in Japan. The patio overlooks the oldest section of the vineyard and has a spectacular view.”
Recline Ridge wines continue to win awards in a variety of competitions and fans are numerous.
In the summer the winery released 2011 vintages of its Gamay Noir and its red blend–Hawk’s Haven. Other releases were 2010 Marechal Foch (“deep, dark fruit notes, and a smoky finish”), 2011 Make Me Blush, and 2012 Kerner and Bacchus (“All wonderful, showing off their varietal characteristics and intensity of flavours.”) For fans of late harvest-style dessert whites, the 2012 Hummingbird’s Kiss is now available.
~ Dona Sturmanis