Posts Written BySue Harper

It may be unassuming, but the commitment to producing fine wine is clear from the moment I enter Township 7 Vineyards and Winery in Naramata. I am steps from the vineyard and immediately feel part of a working farm where grapes are the number one concern. Inside, I’m greeted by Assistant General Manager Trevor Allen, who introduces me to a variety of elegant white wines, including the 2017 7 Blanc, an off-dry, aromatic white blend, and he gives me a sneak preview of the anticipated 2017 rosé. The highlight is the 2015 Reserve 7, a blend of three red Bordeaux…

When summer is at its sizzling best, it’s time to savour the many tasting options at CedarCreek Estate Winery. Not sure when you’ll arrive? Seated tastings are offered throughout the day, beginning at 10 am, and drop-ins are always welcome. Enjoy refreshing and aromatic white wines and of course Pinot Noir, all grown in CedarCreek’s Estate vineyards. Or try the Bordeaux reds from grapes nurtured in its Osoyoos vineyards. You’ll love the Platinum Experience, a private sommelier-hosted tasting of Estate and Platinum wines as well as Library releases served with cheese and charcuterie. There’s also a winery tour. Reservations are…

No pretention. At Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, it’s all about the wine! On May 5 and 12, during the Spring Wine Festival, Township 7 offers a wine and food pairing from 2 to 3:30 pm. Their resident sommelier simplifies the relationship between wine and food and explores the ways in which wine highlights an array of food. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased online. This Mothers’ Day, the Naramata Bench winery celebrates the release of its 2017 Rosé with a special food and wine pairing seminar. On May 13, from 11 am until 5 pm, Township 7’s sommelier…

Prepare to be amazed. Not only by 50th Parallel’s unique, award-winning wines, but by their newly completed facilities. A 200-metre-long building, constructed of concrete and steel at one end, evolves into glass at the other. A 12-metre, one-of-a-kind cantilevered canopy floats out over indoor and outdoor restaurants and a transparent tasting room. Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel had a dream to build a wine destination, and they are fulfilling that dream. In 2009, they took possession of 61 acres on Okanagan Lake, which Curtis describes as “probably the brightest vineyard site in the world.” Sixteen hours of daylight in the…

When Desert Hills Estate winery reopens its tasting bar this spring, visitors will discover two new special releases: a 2015 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and a Family Reserve Gamay. Winemaker Anthony Buchanan explains how blocks from two of the Toor family’s estate vineyards were identified as having the potential to produce extremely high quality grapes. “From the beginning through to harvest, we treated these particular blocks differently.” The Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has been 16 months in 100 per cent new French oak and Buchanan said, “It is absolutely beautiful.” Gamay is the most popular of Desert Hills’ wines, which…

On Friday, April 27, the Triggs family reopens the Culmina Family Estate Winery Tasting Room. New in the tasting room this season will be a weekly open house, taking place every Saturday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm. Guests who visit Culmina during the Saturday open house will still receive the individualized attention they have come to expect from their visits to the winery, but with a bit more flexibility in terms of their timing of arrival. For only $10, half of which will be waived with purchase, each visitor will be guided through their choice of five wines from…

When Sal D’Angelo sold his Ontario winery this year, he finally had time to focus on expanding his D’Angelo Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench. He wants to plant red Montepulciano and white Trebbiano grapes, two varietals grown in his birthplace of Abruzzo, Italy and plans are in the works for a new building. But that’s in the future. This summer he’s offering visitors some new releases including a 2013 Tempranillo, which is a Spanish varietal, seldom grown in British Columbia. D’Angelo has the largest block of Tempranillo grapes on the Bench. The new release has spent 24 months in…

In the late 18th century, poet William Cowper wrote, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” From large wineries to small farm-gate operations, the Westside Wine Trail offers locals and visitors a taste of just about everything the Okanagan wine industry offers. Experience organized tasting tours at large wineries like Quails’ Gate then move to an intimate setting like Rollingdale where the wine shop and tasting bar are inside the cellar. Bring your own lunch and enjoy their wine by the glass in the picnic area. Many Westside wineries provide unique dining experiences. Tapas are…

Quails’ Gate Winery boasts one of the most sublime views over vineyards and Okanagan Lake, and their summer calendar is filled with exciting tastings, tours and events. It’s a winery you won’t want to miss. Dinner in the Vineyard returns Wednesdays, June 28 through September 6. Starting at 6:00 in the evening, guests share a four-course meal – family-style – seated at a long dinner table in the vineyard. This event is not only about a magical night of delicious food paired with Quails’ Gate’s award winning wine, it’s also about coming together as a community. Seating is limited to…

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, family owned and operated, is located on the southeastern slope of a dormant volcano. They are excited to share two new releases this summer. Lava Red, a popular off-dry, semi-sweet blend (a high one or low two on the sweetness scale) is ready for tasting, while their Sparkling Gewürztraminer is eagerly waiting to be bottled and should be available in August. Over the summer, the wine shop opens from 10 am to 8 pm, At the spacious, wheelchair accessible tasting bar, try their 2014 Riesling Icewine, judged the Best Icewine at the 2017 BC Best of…