The summer is here and the patio at Adega on 45th, one of the warmest and sunniest in the Okanagan, is ready to supply the necessities of wine touring: shade, food, and wine. The shade comes from the vine-covered pergola and the food comes from the handy deli fridge near the tasting bar. Of course, the wine is generally in plentiful supply but you might have to act quickly for some of them. The rosé in particular has developed an intensely loyal following. “It sells out every summer,” explains tasting room manager Racyne Farinha (pictured). “Our 2013 sold out in a month last year.”
The Adega team has had a great year racking up awards for their wine portfolio. They entered five wines in the Best of BC Wine Awards and all five brought home medals. The ‘13 Pinot Gris took a Gold, the ‘13 Viognier, ‘12 Cabernet Franc and ‘12 Merlot won Silvers, and the ‘12 Syrah took a Bronze Medal. An impressive five for five tally is a rare accomplishment for any winery to achieve in a single competition. In addition the ‘12 Alexandrino Syrah and the ‘12 Malbec won Silver and Bronze respectively at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York. The whites have been winning too—the ‘13 Pinot Gris received a Wine Align Bronze.
With the release of the new reserve wines—Alexandrino Syrah and Alfredo Merlot—late in June, all of the 2012 vintage reds have now been officially released. Malbec, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and the Manuel and Quarteto Tinto blends are all available throughout the summer until they are sold out.
~ Luke Whittall