Ted and Lorraine Kane, the proprietors of River Stone Winery in Oliver are always ready to welcome guests to their tasting room.  “Savour the journey” is their motto and they invite you to join them along the road.  

On that note, River Stone’s cooking class series has begun!  March 1st they will host Spirit Ridge Chef Jamie Hertz for their first class.  May 4th will see Chef Darin Paterson of Penticton’s destination eatery Bogner’s cooking up a storm.  Keep your eyes on their web site for more information on events at  www.riverstoneestatewinery.ca.

This fall Ted and Lorraine will be hosting an event to benefit a local cause near and dear to their hearts, the Desert Valley Hospice Society.  They are inviting a limited number of guests into their home to enjoy a gourmet food and wine experience with 100% of the proceeds going directly back to the Society.  

River Stone Winery is predominantly a red wine winery.  The 2010 Cornerstone Red is a delightfully rich and complex wine.  This Bordeaux style red has a nose bursting with ripe blackberries.  It is silky and rich on the palate with fine tannins and a long finish.  The 2011 Merlot is a cool climate example of the varietal; smooth and light on the palate and filled with ripe cherries and white pepper with a chalky finish.  

Their Pinot Gris recently brought home a Double Gold medal from the All Canadian Wine Awards and it is now available.  It is loaded with nectarine, white peach and Meyer lemon with a rich mouth feel, crisp acidity and mineral notes on the finish.  The 2012 Splash has a firm nose with an abundance of citrus zest.  On the palate, flavours of peach, lemon and candied grapefruit delight.  The acidity on the finish leaves you ready for whatever the meal may bring.

~ Courtney Fossett