Eau Vivre WInery is all about focus in 2016. The new streamlined portfolio for this boutique Similkameen Valley winery is focusing on the elegant style of wines that have made them famous. The portfolio is featuring two white wines, Viognier and Riesling, and three reds, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Owner Dale Wright is excited about focusing on these wines and building on their strengths.

Clearly, one of those strengths is Pinot Noir. Their Pinot has garnered quite a reputation over the past few years. Eau Vivre has won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine twice for two different vintages and they are still currently the only Similkameen Valley winery to have ever won that award at all. As well, late last year the 2013 Pinot Noir took a Double-Gold medal at the International Pinot Challenge, adding another feather in the cap for this elegant wine.

The new Pinot Noir 2014 was released earlier in the winter and is exceeding expectations so far. “People are loving it,” says Dale. “2014 is going to be just as good, if not better. I like it better personally.” Dale credits the slightly higher acidity in the 2014 which gives the wine a much brighter flavour and style. As one of the most consistent Pinot Noirs in the province, it also provides one of the best values at $22 per bottle.

Eau Vivre will be featuring their new wines at the Devour Food Film Fest in Osoyoos in early May and the wine shop is open 10:30 to 5pm throughout the summer. Follow them at EauVivreWinery.ca or on Facebook and Twitter.

~ Luke Whittall