Posts Written ByRoslyne Buchanan

  Award-winning wine sales continue to climb, according to Statistics Canada, and home-turf advantage goes far in luxury products. For wineries and winery investors poised to expand their market, purchasing Okanagan and Lower Mainland locations may be the next step. If so, it makes sense to tap into Capulet Properties’ experience in luxury sales and tailored concierge services. Partners Carolyn Glazier and Darci Steffins have lived, worked and served the Fraser Valley community within the Greater Vancouver Regional District for over 25 years. They’ve experienced the lifestyle that gives them a sharp sense of the ideal match between owners and…

Now is the time to stock up on those big reds cherished in the cooler months. Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery’s tasting room remains open daily, 10 am to 6 pm, until October 31. Big Reds Quinta Ferreira’s flagship wine, Obra-Prima, is a stunning blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot, which greets you with bell pepper and black cherry notes. With a sip, a concerto of mocha coffee, light cedar, cherry and sweet vanilla will play across your palate, its long spicy finish displaying hard candy flavours. Aged 25 months in 40 per cent new oak,…

Opening the Kismet Estate Winery was destiny for the Dhaliwal family. The word “Kismet” is, in fact, “destiny” in Punjabi. Immigrating to Canada in the 1990s with a mere five dollars in his pocket, Sukhwinder Dhaliwal settled into the Okanagan, working hard in agriculture, and was eventually joined by his brother, Balwinder. Their focus turned to managing vineyards as they gained insight into the industry while buying vineyard property on the side. After shifting their efforts into their own vineyards, selling grapes and consulting as leading grape growers, Sukhwinder’s daughter Neelam shares, “We felt something was missing. We wanted to…

Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) won a Platinum, three Gold and two Silver Medals, was awarded fourth place in the category of Small Winery (under 10,000 cases) and 11th Overall Winery in Canada. Awards Galore! Declaring the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada “the largest and most comprehensive wine competition in Canadian history,” WineAlign received entries from 1,850 wines, from 257 wineries. To earn top medals, wines progressed through multiple elimination rounds of blind tasting. Platinum Award winners represent only the top one per cent, or top 18 wines in Canada, with MFV 2016 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay, Old Main Road Vineyard,…

Stag’s Hollow Winery had some outstanding results at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC). Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger, the hands-on owners of Stag’s Hollow, quickly praised their “great team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar” for this achievement. Top 1% in all of Canada! WineAlign reported, “In 2018, over 1,850 wines from 257 wineries entered the NWAC, making this year’s awards the largest and most comprehensive wine competition in Canadian history.” To earn top medals, winners survived multiple elimination rounds of blind tasting. Platinum Award winners represented only the top one per cent or top…

Crescent Hill Winery is distinguished as one of Penticton’s earliest vineyards. Owner Teresa Murray-Wiseman and her family love to have fun with the brand. Take the highly acclaimed blush, a light, bright, floral and fruity wine irreverently named Hissy Fit. Once a Hobby Teresa’s father, Glenallyn, planted his vines roughly 40 years ago to indulge his winemaking hobby. Leveraging his self-taught knowledge and information gleaned from his professional winemaker friend Tom Hoenisch, plus research by Elias Phiniotis, he planted Vinifera grapes. By 1980, he made his first vintage using European equipment he’d purchased. Still, he never took himself too seriously.…

Exuding commitment and joy in your work as Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery’s team does, the enthusiasm can rub off on guests. That’s why customer satisfaction ratings remain consistently high chez Summerhill, why every visit to the iconic Kelowna landmark proves to be an adventure and why it is lauded as “Canada’s most visited winery.” From the beginning, Founder/Proprietor Stephen Cipes was keen to showcase the quality of Okanagan-produced wines and to enhance the tasting experience for guests. To that end, Summerhill invests in recruiting the best people and providing staff development. “We’re so proud of our wonderful staff in the…

Known for its exceptional take on fresh and local Okanagan cuisine in its vibrant and comfortable setting, RauDZ Regional Table traditionally didn’t want to force patrons to make reservations. The only reservations guests had about that casual approach was when they wanted to plan their own special night out, or when they wanted to showcase this local gem to out-of-town guests. The team at RauDZ listened; now reservations can easily be made online or by calling the restaurant directly. Open Thursday to Monday at 5 pm, RauDZ is happy to address guests’ concerns and now confirms “reservations are accepted, and…

At CedarCreek Estate Winery, two tiers of elegant wines — Estate and Platinum — are crafted with care. The Platinum tier is comprised of the best of the vineyard grapes. Each year, the CedarCreek team seeks out grapes representative of interesting local sites and old heritage blocks to develop Platinum single-vineyard or single-block series wines. Such places in the vineyards demonstrate “something unique; where vine maturity, soil and climate combine to create something distinctly CedarCreek.” “Our thoughtful, precise winemaking approach highlights specific characteristics from individual vineyard blocks to make premium, terroir-driven wines while, at the same time, transitioning to organic…

Since founder and proprietor Stephen Cipes established Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery more than 30 years ago, he and his team have lobbied to enhance the quality, enjoyment and pleasure of purchasing luscious British Columbia wines. A long list of firsts for the industry include legislation to allow food to be served in wineries and, recently, for wineries to be able to serve all alcohol products in their eateries, not just wine. Now, perhaps the most significant first is to introduce a real Canadiana Small Plates Food Hall. Says Cipes, “We are launching authentic, ethnic, organic, wine-paired small plates for those…