Recline Ridge Winery near Salmon Arm is proud to create the very special wines that are made only in cool climate conditions, with sun-drenched days and cooler evenings. Their fan loyalty is a testament to their ongoing success.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Tappen, this charming winery produces about 2,000 cases of wine each year. Their portfolio of 12 wines include five German-style cool climate whites (off-dry), a dry Rosé, four cool cimate, Northern-European style reds and two dessert wines. Most of their grapes come from their six acres of vines surrounding the winery.
Recline Ridge features a licensed picnic area adjacent to the wine shop, which features local crafted cheeses and crackers and other light fare such as local pepperoni and kielbasa. Guests are also welcome to bring their own foods.
Graydon explains that the style of reds produced at Recline Ridge are light enough in style that, while they accompany food very well, also make a great sipping wine. They stand up well on their own.
Sample their newly released vintages including the 2014 Shuswap Serenade and the 2015 Ortega.  Look for the soon-to-be-released 2015 Bacchus and Siegerrebe.
Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff, proprietors of Recline Ridge, are expecting another early harvest in 2016. Their recommended summer sipper is their popular Make Me Blush Rosé.
Make Me Blush Rosé – $16.90
“We prepare it in the traditional style, creating a dryish rosé.  Aromas and flavours of raspberry and strawberry are present and I would suggest it be served super chilled on the patio on a hot day. It also pairs nicely with salmon and light summer fare. It is a very versatile wine,” says Graydon.
Visit Recline Ridge from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Tours are by appointment and tastings are ongoing. This is one must-see (and taste) on your Summer ’16 list!
~ Deanna Rainey