Posts Written ByHenrietta Poirier

 Plato reportedly once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” How inspiring. Now let’s add a little wine to the music or music to the wine, and we become uplifted, joyous. Stress is released, tongues and ties loosen, friends and lovers unite, and the world becomes a happier place. Music and wine – a glorious coupling, a gift from the gods sent to relieve humankind from the daily worries and woes. Does that sound a little too much?…

Sunshine and fun times kick off this year’s wine season at Clos du Soleil. What used to be a well-kept secret has now become a signature destination in the Similkameen Valley. With the spectacular views and intimate atmosphere, it’s no wonder visitors like to while away the hours in the tranquil surroundings, sampling the award-winning wines. This year, guests can enjoy an enhanced tasting room experience as they kick back with a picnic at the vineyard. Picnic tables, parasols, and pleasant conversation are all part of a European paysan wine experience where quality wine is the beginning of good times…

When Michal Mosny and wife Martina opened Lunessence, just last year, they brought a unique touch to both the land and the art of wine making. The philosophy in the vineyard is one of melody and grace; here, it is the wellbeing of the whole environment that is maintained.   Visitors may be pleasantly surprised by the classical music that is piped throughout the vineyard and the winery, filling the air with euphonious notes, and perhaps adding to the wine a quality of harmony. Lunessence marries tradition with exploration, European sophistication with new world progression, and in between the extremes…

A vineyard well tended is the foundation of a wine well noted. With this adage in mind, it is no surprise that the wines at Kalala have won a slew of well-deserved awards throughout the years. And winemaker Tibor Erdelyi is the first to give credit to the skills of owner and viticulturist, Karnail Singh Sidhu. With over 20 years in organic agriculture, Karnail’s reputation as an expert in organic viticulture has reached far beyond the Okanagan Valley. And it’s easy to see why; the vineyards are a thriving, vibrant ecosystem, with each element working harmoniously with the other. It…

Fully certified biodynamic and organic, Summerhill is destined to be known as the first 100% organic wine cellar in BC. Summerhill wines have consistently won gold medals from perhaps the most prestigious wine challenges worldwide, proving that flavour begins with a healthy terroir and organic grapes.  “Summerhill is”, as proprietor Stephen Cipes states, “a co-venture with man and nature.”   Summerhill hosts 1000-3000 visitors per day; it is the most visited winery in Canada, and for good reason. The peaceful atmosphere, award-winning wines, and superb dining experience are all worth the visit, but these key elements are just the beginning…

The words, ‘artisan honey winery’, conjure images of sunny afternoons in an idyllic pastoral fields sipping wine. Meadow Vista Honey Winery provides just such a setting, an ideal site for weddings and events. Why not stop for lunch at the bistro, and rest on the shady patio after a honey wine tasting. Meadow Vista’s award-winning honey wines are a delight on the palate. Those who are familiar with the deliciously delicate taste of Bliss, Meadow Vista’s sparkling cherry honey wine, will be equally delighted with Meadow Vista’s a new flavor in Bliss and fresh twist on sparkling apple cyser (cyser…

Nestled against the rocky backdrop of the Similkameen hills, the Corcelettes boutique winery and vineyard provides visitors with a stunning view of this peaceful and pristine valley, in addition to their equally stunning wines. Visitors receive a warm welcome at Corcelettes, where winemaker Charlie Baessler and wife Jesce are on hand to share the joys of winemaking, and of course, wine tasting. This family-owned winery is fast becoming known for their quality wines; winning Silver medals for their flagship wine Mehnir 2014 and their Pinot Noir 2015, as well as a Bronze for their wonderfully delicate, Oracle Rosé. More significantly,…

Clos du Soleil may be tucked away in a picturesque corner of the Similkameen Valley, but their wines are well known for their elegance, character and complexity. Situated on a uniquely peaceful piece of land, this small artisan winery and vineyard was established with the intention of producing wines that combine old world elegance with new world edge, and indeed, the distinct qualities of the Similkameen mingle with the traditional Bordeaux varietals. The awards and critical acclaim tell a success story for this beautiful winery. Visitors will be delighted with the new tasting room, where a picture window provides a…

Visitors to the Similkameen who are looking for a memorable tasting room experience must consider a trip to Clos du Soleil. This artisan winery offers visitors a unique view into the workings of the winery, and an exclusive opportunity to sample tastings from their small lot collector wines. A large picture window in the tasting room provides a peek behind the scenes, while visitors taste the award-winning new releases. A surprisingly broad range of Gold medal wines is available for tasting, including their flagship red, Signature. The new release Signature 2013 was just awarded 92 points by Anthony Gismondi and…

Don’t tell everyone, but nestled amongst Naramata’s eclectic mix of wineries lies a little known distillery where premium spirits are hand-crafted with locally sourced botanicals to produce top shelf vodka and gin. Legend Distilling was inspired by the local tall tales of the prohibition days in Naramata. The distillery was once a doctor’s office where locals could source a ‘prescription’ to keep the prohibition blues at bay. Locals still pop in to the Lounge at Legend Distilling for a pick me up, but these days the home-brewed remedies are finely crafted under the care of owners Dawn and Doug Lennie.…