At Recline Ridge Winery near Salmon Arm, you’ll find one of the most charming and unique wine shops in the region.  A beautiful log structure nestled in the heart of the Shuswap, this picturesque setting is home to some delicious cool climate wines.

“We focus on cool climate varietals we can grow in the Shuswap,” says Proprietor Graydon Ratzlaff. “We produce 12 different wines, including 5 whites, a dry rose, 4 reds, and 2 desserts. Our wine shop and tasting bar offer tastings with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.“

Spring is the ideal time to sample some of Recline Ridge’s new releases and all-time favorites. Graydon recommends you try their 2013 Marechal Foch; the quirkily-named 2013 Just Being Frank and the 2012 Too Many.

The new Marechal Foch is full-bodied with lots of plum, cherry and dark fruit tastes and a very smooth, smoky finish which is characteristic of the grape. Try it with red meat or cheese.

Recline Ridge has released their third vintage of Just Being Frank, made from Blaufrankisch grapes, an Austrian varietal that is light, fruity and aromatic. It is rich – but not heavy – in tannins.

Their 2012 Too Many, aptly named for the proliferation of cats onsite, is made from 100 per cent Zweigelt grapes. Light and wonderfully aromatic, this fruity beauty is best served with red meats or a lighter fare such as roast duck. Recline Ridge is a charming addition to your 2016 wine tour itinerary!

~ Deanna Rainey

 

(pictured: Proprietor Graydon Ratzlaff)

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