If you have visited Oliver Twist’s wine shop previously, you may notice changes to the décor. In keeping with the nostalgia theme on their labels, winemaker and owner Gina Harfman has been updating the wine shop with antiques and a beautiful new rustic stained bar top.
With lots to look at in the wine shop, there are also lots of activities planned for the spring and early summer. On May13th, they will be hosting a cheese-making course lead by Naomi Fournier, the “Modern Day Milkmaid” from Birdsong Farms in Enderby. The two-hour session will focus on making and pairing wine with cheese. There is extremely limited number of places available so contact the winery right away if you would like to attend this unique experience.
The 4th annual Show, Shine… and Wine? will take place this year on Saturday, July 8th. Emceed by the Okanagan Wolfman and the event will ttfeature live music from the Timbre Wolves, food trucks, and artisanal vendors. Along with all of the classic cars, there will also be a pinup girl competition. The event runs from 12 noon to 5pm and is free admission. Classic car owners can register their vehicles online at the winery’s website.
There are many new wine vintages to look out for this spring, including the 2016 Kerner, the 2016 Boogie Woogie, and the 2016 Rockabilly Red. Tank samples of all of these wines displayed beautiful balance and complex flavours. The one that has Gina smiling the most this year is the 2016 Viognier. A tank sample reveals huge aromas of peaches, flowers, lime zest, and mangos. Once bottled, it will clearly be a showstopper.
Check Oliver Twist’s website for more details about the upcoming wines and events: olivertwistwinery.com
~ Luke Whittall