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Gehringer Brothers’ wines have a long track record of winning top awards, which are all proudly displayed in the bright wine shop. They are also the reigning “King of the Platinum” at Wine Press Northwest, where the total number of platinum awards (64) is nearly double that of the next winner. The awards that they received from the recent Cascadia Wine Competition are the first to indicate that the special location of their vineyard merits some special attention. Wines made from grapes grown exclusively on the Golden Mile Bench won three of their four double gold awards. According to Walter…

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…

Spring Picnics with a new sparkling wine at River Stone Winery Owner and winemaker Ted Kane and assistant general manager Julie Planiden at River Stone have reason to celebrate and, as of this season, they now have a new sparkling wine to celebrate with! For the first time, River Stone will release a very unique sparkling wine made from Merlot. The grapes were pressed immediately so that the juice received very little colour. The Sparkling White Merlot NV is a slightly off-dry, Provençal-style rosé with the added bonus of bubbles. It is packaged in a beautiful bottle with a crown…

Recline Ridge owners Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff are focused on their customers in their wine shop. “We focus on delivering the best experience that we can,” says Graydon. Everyone from the educated taster to the wine newbie can all get something from the experience. The common thread that Graydon has noticed is that most people are adventurous tasters and like to try new things and discover new flavours. Thankfully Recline Ridge has a good cross-section of wine styles available from which to choose. The whites tend to be fragrantly fruity and off-dry in style while the reds vary in intensity.…

Gehringer Brothers’ wines have a long track record of winning top awards, which are all proudly displayed in the bright wine shop. They are also the reigning “King of the Platinum” at Wine Press Northwest, where the total number of platinum awards (64) is nearly double that of the next winner. The awards that they received from the recent Cascadia Wine Competition are the first to indicate that the special location of their vineyard merits some special attention. Wines made from grapes grown exclusively on the Golden Mile Bench won three of their four double gold awards. According to Walter…

The Farinha and Nunes families at Adega on 45th in Osoyoos are rolling out the new vintages fast and furiously. As the season is just getting started, they are currently releasing new vintages of both whites and reds. The Cabernet Sauvignon, the newest wine in the portfolio, was released early in the spring. The 2014 Merlot is also now available and will be followed shortly by the 2014 Cabernet Franc, a wine that has consistently garnered praise from critics and fans of that grape variety in BC. Along with the Cabernet Sauvignon, there will be another brand-new wine to grace…

Team Adega has announced that two new wines will be making their debut this spring! Their first-ever Riesling is scheduled for bottling in April so visitors to the winery can look for this special new wine around the beginning of the Spring Wine Festival. Only 300 cases of the Riesling were made for this first 2016 vintage. The second wine is a single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, which will fit right in with the winery’s portfolio of bold red wines like Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Coming from the stunning 2014 vintage, this Cabernet Sauvignon has been resting in bottle for a number…

For owner and winemaker Walter Gehringer, the 2016 vintage was one that will produce amazing aromatic wines. The Ehrenfelser, Gewürztraminer-Schönburger, and Sauvignon Blanc all exemplify this. In the vineyards, the 2016 vintage was similar to the 2015, but was slightly earlier in its start. Late spring and early summer saw days with high temperatures followed by days with lower temperatures. “Even with the ups and downs,” explains Walter, “the momentum of the fruit didn’t slow down.” By the end of July, they were back on track with the 30-year average for heat units to that point. In his extensive experience…

River Stone Estate Winery owners Ted and Lorraine Kane have taken time over the winter, as most winery owners do, to evaluate the previous year’s vintage and make plans for the next one. Assistant Manager Julie Planiden reports that the 2016 season was extremely busy. Growing demands for their wines has resulted in all of their whites, the Malbec Rosé, and some of the red wines selling out before the end of the season. The vineyard was even used as a location for a filming a movie at the peak of the busy season. Early assessments of the 2016 vintage…

The party is just getting started at Oliver Twist! Owner and winemaker Gina Harfman and new wine shop manager Tammie Betts are anticipating excellent turnouts on the many special days that they have planned throughout the coming year. Oliver Twist will host a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 11th. There will be wine specials, tasty treats, and contests galore to go along with the normally beautiful spring Okanagan weather. It is rare for wineries to be hosting events on this scale so early in the year but there is a reason for that. “We have always had a lot…