Posts Written ByLorne Eckersley

The first thing a sharp-eyed visitor might notice on a visit to Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s estate vineyard is a great variety of colours among the vine leaves. “We don’t go for that Miracle Gro look here,” winemaker and general manager Eric von Krosigk says. The vineyards, managed with organic, biodynamic and permacultural practices, don’t get the continual cocktail of sprays throughout the season that other properties might. “I think we get an expression of terroir that is much more intense—the vine enters into a symbiotic relationship with the soil,” he says. In that soil are something in the order of…

X-Files fans have long been convinced, like Mulder and Scully, that “The truth is out there.” But a visit to the lavender farm owned by Doug Mathias and Karolina Born-Tschüemperlin might just convince that that the truth can be found in the Forest Green Man, the Celtic spirit of nature. The Green Man, usually represented as a stylized face made of leaves and branches, is the Celtic spirit of nature symbolizing growth, fertility and renewal. He is an appropriate symbol for this beautiful property, which features an orchard, outbuildings, gorgeous guesthouse, a spectacular lavender garden and two of Naramata’s loveliest…

May is an exciting time at Serendipity Winery as owner Judy Kingston looks forward to another year of growth and change. Truth be told, she also awaits the return of ‘second in command’, Katie O’Kell, her daughter. Katie, with her winemaking degree now complete, is getting valuable experience at a New Zealand winery and will return home later in the month. Meanwhile, construction is getting underway. A small building beside the winery will house washrooms for visitors. The winery building itself is being renovated to create a new wine shop featuring large windows to highlight the vineyard views on the…

An early bud break this spring has River Stone Estate Winery’s Ted Kane thinking that the 2016 growing season might once again be earlier than usual. But if the harvest is anything like the 2015 vintage for quality he will be a happy winemaker. Ted, who owns River Stone with his wife, Lorraine, says production in the winery is up to 2,350 cases now, thanks to excellent crops in his immaculate vineyard. With bottling finished in March and a new vintage on the horizon, Ted’s conversation is sprinkled with gratitude, not least because of an addition to the River Stone…

Nostalgia: “A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” Now, also, a series of wines with smile-inducing labels (and contents!) at Oliver Twist Estate Winery. “Here at Oliver Twist Estate Winery we are all about vintages. Whether it’s in the vineyard, the vintage of wine, vintage cars, music and art. We love it so much that we created a new artist wine series called “NOSTALGIA.” Come by during Spring Wine Festival (through May 8th) for a complimentary tasting,” says owner-winemaker Gina Mitchell. “And keep an eye out—we will be…

The word about Sal D’Angelo’s wines continues to spread. D’Angelo Estate Winery’s Pinot Noir is now the house red wine at the Fairmont Lake Louise and Dolce Vita Rosso is offered on the dessert wine list. The latter is so popular that Sal will be bottling some of the 2013 vintage (“It’s just wonderful,” he says, a sentiment I can confirm after a barrel sampling last year) in larger 750ml bottles. D’Angelo red wines from the 2011 vintage are all now released, and wines from the 2012 vintage have all received their VQA approval and are resting quietly in the…

With warm weather upon us, a favourite activity for Penticton locals and visitors alike has returned—sitting on the patio at The Bench Market and enjoying a coffee, food made fresh from local ingredients, and soaking in the sun. And, with the growing season underway, owners Heather and Stewart Glynes are pleased to reconnect with their favourite suppliers—“8 to 10 local farmers whom we work directly with”—who arrive at the side door with fresh produce. One, who also supplies The Bench Market through the cold months, even takes back the compost to spread on his fields! “We are looking forward to…

As Sal D’Angelo anticipates the release of his 2012 vintage wines he took some to think back to the season that has resulted in exceptionally good wines. While most Okanagan producers admit the season wasn’t as easy to manage as more recent years, there is general agreement that the crop was abundant in quantity and quality. “I do remember thinning three times, and that the season was two weeks late in the spring, when it rained every week. We bunch thinned down to one bunch per shoot. Then, because of all the rain, we went back in and cut all…

Winemaker Ted Kane consistently takes a steady and measured approach to each vintage. No short cuts, just a determination to work with Mother Nature and the grapes that grow on his land capturing the best of what each season offers. The many fans of River Stone will be pleased to hear that for the first time, Ted will be releasing a dark, richly textured Malbec. (only 125 cases). The Malbec at River Stone has been growing for 13 years and, until now has only been seen in the unique Malbec Rosé and the much sought after Bordeaux style blends, Corner…

Change is routine at Serendipity Winery, where the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Judy Kingston and Katie O’Kell, continue to make an indelible stamp on the BC wine scene. Katie, who made a last minute plan not to pursue a legal career, graduates this spring with her winemaker’s degree from UC Davis. Working alongside winemaker Brad Cooper, Katie gets plenty of on the job training, too! Visitors to the winery this year can look forward to a new treat. A picnic license will allow the sale of meat, cheese and bread to be enjoyed on site, along with a glass of…