Long known for their exemplary reds, aromatic whites, and an intensely flavoured Port-style wine, Desert Hills is a destination Oliver winery whose only issue was their small tasting room. Until now.

“No more will our loyal fans wait or have to return because the store was overcrowded. We’ve got room for everyone!” exclaims Randy Toor, co-proprietor. The Toors have created a welcoming and vastly expanded environment where they can greet their many guests in style.

The high-end quality of their new tasting room lives up to the image of Desert Hills’ award-winning wines. A 32-foot U-shaped bar can accommodate many people simultaneously. The Toors decided to splurge on a genuine white marble bar top, a perfect backdrop to experience their flawless wines.

From the track lighting to the tile floors, bathrooms to display cases, everything is new and exceptionally crafted. Doors lead out from the tasting room to the new patio. Their lunch licence allows guests to enjoy a glass of wine and on-site deli items while overlooking their vineyards.

Mid-June, Desert Hills will host their annual new release party, featuring their 2009 Syrah and Mirage, as well as their 2013 Gewürztraminer, un-oaked Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris. Limited seating, please contact: www.deserthills.ca.

2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay  $17.90
Winemaker George Phiniotis is very excited about the new vintage. All the grapes sourced from their Black Sage Bench vineyard, it exhibits fresh aromas and flavours of honeydew melon, crisp apple and pear.

2009 Syrah  $36.90
Soft and feminine, with beautiful notes of violet, black cherry, cassis and Italian plum.  Very yummy.

2009 Mirage  $36.90
Amazing complexity, this red blend’s got it all. Bottled last fall, it’s smooth, voluptuous and robust. George says, “this wine takes you on a journey – from the first sip through the last, every mouthful makes you taste something different, something more.”

~ Sarah Willard