For most wineries expansion is the name of the game if white and rosé wines sell out in the calendar year of release, and after aging 20 months in French oak barrels the red wines are snapped up quickly, and customers scribe their names on a waiting list for notification of new releases.

That’s not the case for Sue and Gerry Thygesen owners of Kraze Legz Winery SKAHA Vineyard, producing only 2,000 cases annually. “Differentiation is critical and our niche is hand-crafting stellar wines from our estate, single vineyard grown grapes. The uniqueness of SKAHA Vineyard’s fossilized sanstone substrate expresses itself in the finished wine that’s obviously a recipe for success.” Adding to the aforementioned reasons for expansion, over the first six vintages, every wine released received at least one major industry award.

The “Joe Sent Me “ wine club is popular with its different approach – rather than shipping a specific allocation quarterly, members simply order what they want when they want it, and shipping is free. That is as long as the small-lot wines are still available. First access to new vintage wines goes to members, followed by those on the waiting list with the remainder divided into inventories for the tasting room, restaurants and stores.

The best way to taste the wines of the Kraze Legz / SKAHA Vineyard is to visit the winery in Kaleden. Open for Easter and April 29th to October 15th, 10 am to 6 pm daily. You’ll be glad you came to sample these award-winning varietals and to drink in the views of Skaha Lake and valley vineyards. The wine tasting, and entertainment by the affable proprietors, are free.

~ Roslyne Buchanan