Posts Written ByLuke Whittall

For wineries around the world, a beautiful wine shop with a great view is an essential part of the visitor experience. Stag’s Hollow’s new wine shop will offer a new level of experience for their guests. It has a wraparound deck that offers sweeping views of their unique, steeply sloped vineyard. The view is totally unobstructed and quiet with no roadways visible. There will be traditional tastings at a large granite tasting bar and plans for guided sit-down tastings featuring library and reserve wines. Most importantly for winemaker Dwight Sick, the experience will really connect visitors to the unique vineyard and…

When River Stone owner Ted Kane was planning the vineyard that now covers their special south-facing slope north of Oliver, he had a particular wine that he wanted to create. That wine, called Corner Stone, is the flagship red Meritage blend that anchors River Stone’s portfolio and has recently been profiled in John Schreiner’s book, “Icon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries.” The varieties are planted with similar proportions of grapes that go into the blend making Corner Stone a true reflection of the vineyard. Merlot is the dominant variety in the 2013 Corner Stone and this is echoed…

Sitting majestically on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery and vineyards were built with a dream and vision for the future. One of the industry’s oldest wineries, the success of this family operation has always been quality and consistency. For consistency from vintage to vintage, the Gehringer Brothers’ white blend called Desert Sun is one of Walter’s most truly crafted products and shows his real talent at blending. Beginning production in the early 1990’s, Desert Sun has attracted a loyal following that seeks that same consistency each year. “We actually start blending this first, as soon…

Nostalgia for the past is a theme that runs through many events at Oliver Twist Winery in Oliver. The annual “Show, Shine… and Wine?” event in July, that features classic cars, classic rock, pin-up girls, great food, and tons of fun was a great success in the hot summer sun. A fun new event is planned for this fall, the Crush Party, on September 30th. It will feature some down home cookin’ paired with Oliver Twist’s wines plus an “I Love Lucy” dress-up contest, and even a team grape stomp competition! The Nostalgia Series of wines feature classic pin-up-style labels…

The 2017 season at Adega on 45th featured wonderful new experiences and culinary events. With one of the most spacious and wide-open views of any patio in the Okanagan, it is the perfect venue for outdoor special events featuring food and wine. “We’re excited about doing more new culinary events like this in the future,” says co-owner Pamala Farinha. Adega’s event season begins, as it did in 2017, with a Father’s Day celebration in June featuring wonderful cuisine and live music on the patio in the afternoon. It’s a great way to celebrate dad and also provides a proper kick-off…

So far, “this is a normal year” says owner and winemaker Ted Kane about the 2017 vintage. Ted is always keeping an eye on how the fruit is developing. He pays particular attention to the date of “veraison”, which is when the ripening grapes start to change colour and soften. Red grape varieties start to darken into their colours and white varieties turn to various shades of yellow, light green, or pink depending on the variety. In River Stone’s vineyard, that usually occurs between August 8th and 12th. Visitors can always ask about anything going on in the vineyard from…

The town of Oliver’s Black Sage Bench, for which Desert Hills Winery takes its name, is an internationally celebrated wine growing region. Famous for its distinctive terroir shaped by the region’s sandy soil, it was here that the Toor brothers: Randy, Jessie, and Dave, first envisioned the winery that would grow to be one of the town’s most well-known and well-loved. With deep roots in both the community and its desert hills, the winery, not unlike the vines, has only continued to grow. This summer will see Desert Hills open its new picnic and patio area, shaded to provide refuge…

It is always a party, retro-cool style, at Oliver Twist. Each year the winery hosts the fabulous “Show, Shine… and Wine?” which attracts amazing classic cars. This year’s event on July 8th promises to be the biggest event in their history. The Okanagan Wolfman will be hosting as emcee and there will be live music from the Timbre Wolves, assorted food trucks, vendors, beer from the Red Truck Brewery, and a classic pinup girl competition. Of course, there will be wine and the spotlight will be on the unveiling of the new wine in the Nostalgia Series. New this year…

Diversity is what makes the wines at Stag’s Hollow, namely, the diversity of terroirs between their two main vineyards, Stag’s Hollow Vineyard and Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard. Both produce a variety of grapes that give winemaker Dwight Sick a range of possibilities for making wine. The two vineyard sites are very different. The Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, that surrounds the winery, is a deep kettle of gravel, cratered out by a massive block of ice during the ice age. When the ice melted, it left a beautiful, sloping site perfect for a vineyard. Shuttleworth Creek is the outer rim of alluvial fan…

“Most people have the perception that whites are for summer and reds are more for winter,” says Recline Ridge Winery co-owner Graydon Ratzlaff. In the hot summers of BC’s Okanagan Valley, this assumption is frequently the case. But Recline Ridge in the Shuswap Valley is poised to seriously challenge this notion with the fresh qualities of the red wines grown in their vineyard in Tappen. The four reds in the portfolio are all perfectly suited for refreshing enjoyment in the summer just as much as whites. The first red that visitors taste is whimsically named Too Many. Made with the…