Winemaker Ted Kane consistently takes a steady and measured approach to each vintage. No short cuts, just a determination to work with Mother Nature and the grapes that grow on his land capturing the best of what each season offers.

The many fans of River Stone will be pleased to hear that for the first time, Ted will be releasing a dark, richly textured Malbec. (only 125 cases). The Malbec at River Stone has been growing for 13 years and, until now has only been seen in the unique Malbec Rosé and the much sought after Bordeaux style blends, Corner Stone and Stones Throw.

On the white side, last year’s inaugural release of Ted’s “R & D” Sauvignon Blanc was so well received that production has doubled to 120 cases.  It will be released in the early spring, in time for those hot summer days when only a crisp, refreshing white wine will do.

Fans of River Stone’s single varietal Cabernet Franc, one of the province’s best, will see the 2014 vintage released in early spring. There will be 140 cases available this year but they will sell quickly.

Guests are invited to visit the tasting room opening from 11 – 6pm for the Easter weekend. Looking ahead to Spring Wine Festival, foodies should call now (250-498-0043) to reserve a seat for the Friday May 6th Spring Release cooking class with well-known local Chef Roger Planiden of Culinary Adventure (culinaryadventure.ca). There are 25 seats available for the class and it is a steal at $55 including tax and gratuities.

~ Lorne Eckersley

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