The grapes will soon be ripening and after a busy summer in the wine shop, Ted Kane is excited that he will soon be doing what he loves most about his business – making wine. Just in time too, because several vintages have now sold out and others are becoming short in supply.

Asked which wines draw the most comments at the River Stone Estate Winery shop, Ted said, “People really, really enjoy the (now sold out) Malbec Rosé, but we get nearly as many raves from our Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (sold out) and Stones Throw. All our wines have their fans.”

Before Ted gets down to business with the 2014 crush, though, a number of events are planned for the winery that he owns with his wife. Lorraine, a family physician, has chosen the Desert Valley Hospice Society as beneficiary for a special October 11th dinner and wine pairing in the family’s home above the wine shop. In the belief that “Life is too short to drink bad wine”, the fundraiser is by donation, but Lorraine humbly suggests a contribution equal to or greater than your hoped for life expectancy!  “Be optimistic,” she says. “It’s for a good cause!”

Other events this fall include winemaker’s dinners, one with Bogner’s Chef Darin Paterson and another to be announced. Watch the website for information as details are finalized, or let Ted and Lorraine look after your calendar by signing up on the email list. Another exciting development is being able to participate in farmers’ markets in the area, Ted says. “It’s been great to get out and meet people who don’t necessarily visit wineries!”
~ Lorne Eckersley