Change is routine at Serendipity Winery, where the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Judy Kingston and Katie O’Kell, continue to make an indelible stamp on the BC wine scene. Katie, who made a last minute plan not to pursue a legal career, graduates this spring with her winemaker’s degree from UC Davis. Working alongside winemaker Brad Cooper, Katie gets plenty of on the job training, too!

Visitors to the winery this year can look forward to a new treat. A picnic license will allow the sale of meat, cheese and bread to be enjoyed on site, along with a glass of wine. With French-trained chef Judy overseeing the quality, picnics will definitely become a must-do at Serendipity.

After a winter of careful watch and fine-tuning in the winery, new releases are sure to please. The popular Red-Handed is no more (“I’ve moved on!” says Judy) but The Next Step takes its place.

Among the new vintages of reds and whites to be released this spring will be Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Serenata, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc and Syrah.

When hunger sets in on the wine trail, think Serendipity and the new picnic license. Cheers!

2014 Serendipity Viognier

Viognier is the hot new white on the BC wine scene, and Richmond News writer Eric Hanson doesn’t hold back on what he thinks: “The 2014 Serendipity Viognier is one of the tastiest BC Viogniers I’ve had. On the nose, there’s flowers and a hint of orange. On the palate, expect intense flavours of white peach and pears with honeysuckle.” Can you say “Stock up now!”?

~ Lorne Eckersley