Spring is in the air. At a winery, spring is a particularly magical time – the vines awaken from their winter slumber, new wines arrive on store shelves and the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival ushers in hundreds of guests to explore our beautiful region. As part of the festival, Volcanic Hills is hosting an Open House and BBQ on Sunday, May 3rd from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.  During this special event, guests will be treated to complimentary tastings (regular $5) throughout the day, as well as free winery tours (regular $10) offered at 12:30 and 2:30. In addition to the Open House offerings, Chef Colin Rayner of Blu Saffron Bistro will be working the grill creating delicious BBQ dishes, all perfectly paired with Volcanic Hills’ outstanding lineup of wines. For more information on the Open House, as well as details about the BBQ menu and prices, visit volcanichillswinery.com.
Winery President Bobby Gidda is also excited to announce the release of their 2011 Cabernet Franc ($27.90, winery exclusive). In recent years, Cabernet Franc has taken its place among BC’s most prominent red varietals. With hearty vines that can withstand the Okanagan’s extreme seasons and an interesting flavour profile, it is easy to see why this grape has captured the hearts and palates of so many wine consumers. Only 300 cases of this velvety wine were produced, so I suggest moving quickly to avoid disappointment. The 2011 Cabernet Franc was aged for 24 months in French oak and shows notes of raspberry, vanilla and plum with a touch of black currant. The wine will definitely benefit from aging though, for us impatient folks, a vigorous decant will also do the trick!
~ Lindsay Kelm

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