Deborah Wilde, co-owner of Hidden Chapel Winery has wanted to make a sparkling wine for a few years. Her business partner, Rudy Tomazic resisted. The spring release of Hidden Chapel’s new sparkling rosé, Made of Honour proves the woman always wins. And Rudy agrees, it was a great idea. Based on their ever-popular rosé, Blushing Bride, Made of Honour – a blend of mainly Syrah with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier – tastes of summer berries and a hint of cinnamon. Not just for special occasions, sparkling rosé is a great sipper on a hot summer’s day and proves a versatile wine for picnics and barbeques.
Back by popular demand and in larger quantities than last year is Amazing Grace. This 100% off-dry Riesling has a wonderful nose, with notes of citrus and hints of green apple on the palate. Amazing Grace was named in loving memory of Deborah’s sister, Grace and of family and friends, taken too soon by cancer. Not only will you enjoy the balance of natural sugar and acidity in this wine, but when you buy a bottle, you will be supporting a great cause. A donation from the sale of each bottle of this perfect summer wine will be made to cancer research.
All the chapel-themed wines you’ll taste in the shop attest to the blessings that abound in the South Okanagan. Summer temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, long daylight hours and semi-arid conditions are the perfect recipe for producing fruit with exceptional flavor.
Don’t forget your hat and sunnies when visiting Hidden Chapel. You’ll want to set aside some extra time after your tasting to enjoy the serenity of the garden and to visit the small white chapel set amongst the pines.
The tasting room, wine shop and chapel are open daily from 10:00 – 5:00.
~ Sue Harper