Posts Written ByDarcy Nybo

The wines of British Columbia continue to delight and surprise those who have the pleasure of tasting them. I fondly remember the day I tasted my first BC Merlot. Before that fateful day, I was a scotch and vodka gal and my only experience with wines was the inexpensive sweet ones that resulted in youthful hangovers. Every now and then, usually during the winter holidays, a well-meaning dinner guest would bring a bottle of their favourite “inexpensive” wine for dinner. Needless to say, with those types of early wine experiences, I was not a wine drinker. It was the fall…

In a recent editorial, I described how the wineries and growers across BC give back to their communities and the province. In April of this year, the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) held two fundraisers, one in Victoria and one in Vancouver. “We are pleased to announce that our two NBWA Annual Spring Wine events in Victoria and Vancouver supported the raising of significant funds for two organizations we sponsor,” said Tina Baird, marketing director of NBWA. “We are grateful to everyone involved in these two events.” According to Baird, Wine for Waves (Vancouver) raised $19,000 for Ocean Wise Seafood…

Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery at 1630 Pandosy Street. Its focus is on creating minimal intervention wines. Come and discover your new favourite wine in the bright and airy tasting room or on the cosy outdoor patio. Minimal Intervention Organic Wines Ricco Bambino wines are elegant and well-structured, expressive and beaming with a refreshingly bright and balanced acidity. To create minimal interventions wines, they ferment and age their wines in concrete vessels to allow micro-oxygenation to occur. This process allows the wines to breath and develop a rounder mouth and textural feel without the addition of any unwanted flavours…

BC wines and those who love them, have grown by leaps and bounds since Father Pandosy planted the first grapes near Kelowna in 1930. On the cover is The Vibrant Vine, a winery that has gone through some major growing pains since 2010. The Vibrant Vine began as a retirement project, and today, holds top rankings among BC wineries. This popularity caused some difficulty in the 2017 season. The winery had to close its doors on more than one occasion to incoming visitors as it was already at capacity. Now, with the winery’s expansion complete, they hope they never have…

Spring has finally arrived and with it, new growth and warmer days. Our cover shows old vines coming back to life as the sun gently awakens them from their sleep. They are the promise of longer days, warmer nights and great wines to come. This issue we welcome photographer Kirstin Wakal, who is also the owner of Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna, and her own vineyard. Kirstin is well known throughout the Okanagan Valley for her photographs of food, wine and people. One of her photos, her “sacred space” at Sanctuary Gardens, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network for…

Ricco Bambino’s delivery truck is primed, painted and ready to roll. The new wine delivery vehicle is a Piaggio Ape (pronounced aH pay) and will be hard to miss. This soft, pastel pink wine wagon picks up your wine at the winery and delivers it directly to your door in Kelowna. Think of it as your emergency wine delivery angel. The winery’s interior is a pleasant expression of pastel pink walls and crushed velvet seating accented by white oak, marble and brass. The space has a sense of elegance and a good dose of opulence. “We chose pink because it…

We are blessed to have such fertile soil, amazing grape growers and farmers, and talented vintners and chefs throughout BC. I’m lucky in that I get to know a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at many of our BC wineries. In this issue, I want to acknowledge all those wonderful people who spend their time and money giving back to the community and the land, in many ways. The wineries of the Naramata Bench recently held their spring release at the ReWined event in Victoria to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & The Yukon.…

by Darcy Nybo Make it an adventure and spend a day at Krause Berry Farms. Its picturesque 200 acres are good for the soul. This is more than a farm. It’s also home to Krause Berry Farms Estate Winery and Restaurant. This oasis is open on weekends from now until May. After that, you can have the Krause Berry Farm experience any day of the week. The restaurant and winery opened in 2012 as owners Alf and Sandee Krause looked for a way to show visitors the literal fruits of their labour. “We are growers first,” said Sandee, “and this…

Welcome to the end of winter! My name is Darcy and I’m the new editor for Wine Trails. With the snow gone, we are more than ready for another great year of food and wine. It’s also a great time to plan your adventures to the many wine growing areas we have right here in BC. Winemakers continue to come up with new vintages to please the palate in the well-established regions of the Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. They are ready for you to come and try their latest and greatest vintages. The areas where…