The Shuswap’s Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery celebrated its new vintage 2013 Bacchus with a spring release party in April. “This is our fourth vintage of this very popular white, with its crisp, fresh flavours,” says Graydon Ratzlaff, who owns the winery with his wife Maureen. Bacchus and other Recline Ridge wines were promoted at the release party, held at a local restaurant, which was a resounding success. Other events are planned for the summer.

Recline Ridge continues to win awards. “So far, we’ve received great results from the Savour Northwest Wine Competition” says Graydon. Seven wines were submitted—Marechal Foch, Hawk’s Heaven, Make Me Blush, Hummingbird’s Kiss, Siegerrebe, Kerner and Shuswap Serenade—with each winning an award.

Recline Ridge’s wines, produced from some vines that were planted as far back as 1994, are known for their clean, sound structure, intense flavours and perfect balance.  

Graydon says winemaker Jesse Steinley (pictured)  “Continues to work hard at developing quality wines of the region” emphasizing varietal flavour development as well as preserving their highly aromatic nature.

Summer is the perfect time to visit Recline Ridge and enjoy a glass of wine on the patio or in the picnic area while drinking in the scenery of the region. The tasting room, popular not just in the summer but year round, was remodeled last year. “We installed a new, large bar top and counter, improving the capacity and flow of the tasting bar. Everyone coming in has commented on both the look and feel of the new bar as exceptional!”

~ Dona Sturmanis