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Kraze Legz Winery in historic Kaleden is difficult to find, but that’s to be expected from a winery that draws its inspirations from the speakeasies of the prohibition era. Indeed when I arrived at the winery’s iron gate, with its signature keyhole, I felt as if I should have been driving Jay Gatsby’s gorgeous Rolls Royce. A feeling that only increased when I spotted the grate on the door of the tasting room and entered a room that felt as though it belonged to another time. Though names of the wines are a tribute to the dance crazes of the…

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At the very core of viticulture is an attention to growing region. Distinctive variations in soil and climate create identifiable trademarks to wines born of these areas. But when it comes to distinctive growing regions, few wineries in the Okanagan stand out quite like Kraze Legz at SKAHA Vineyard. Nestled on the slopes overlooking Skaha Lake in the village of Kaleden, this boutique winery is able to boast a distinctive growing region set apart from the rest of BC, distinguishable by a unique substrate of fossilized sandstone that occurs in this small portion of Kaleden. This marks the estate grown…

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For most wineries expansion is the name of the game if white and rosé wines sell out in the calendar year of release, and after aging 20 months in French oak barrels the red wines are snapped up quickly, and customers scribe their names on a waiting list for notification of new releases. That’s not the case for Sue and Gerry Thygesen owners of Kraze Legz Winery SKAHA Vineyard, producing only 2,000 cases annually. “Differentiation is critical and our niche is hand-crafting stellar wines from our estate, single vineyard grown grapes. The uniqueness of SKAHA Vineyard’s fossilized sanstone substrate expresses…

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Behind the Roaring 20s theme at Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery in Kaleden is a steady stream of award-winning wines. Operating a winery with only occasional help in the vineyard keeps owners Gerry and Sue Thygesen busy year-round, but always offer an enthusiastic welcome a to a memorable destination only 10-minutes south of Penticton. Kraze Legz and SKAHA Vineyards labels continue to impress in the marketplace, in competitions and with wine writers. On a recent visit, BC’s venerable John Schreiner tasted shhh…2012 Merlot Icewine and declared it worthy of 95-96 points. Beautifully balanced, the Kraze Legz version starts with a…

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When discussion turns to the grape that produces the best wine in British Columbia, Pinot Blanc is usually amongst one of the first to be mentioned. Based on the success that Kraze Legz Winery owners Sue and Gerry Thygesen have had with the varietal, it would be hard to argue differently. Inevitably, each vintage is beautifully balanced, crisp and clean, with well-delineated fruit flavours and the brilliant acidity makes for a perfect match with many dishes, notably oysters, or deliciously all on its own. Whether it is released under the SKAHA Vineyard label or as The Bee’s Knees, this is…

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It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that 2014 was a year of the ridiculous and the sublime at Kraze Legz Winery. The ridiculous came right up front, with the news that their order for tall Bordeaux-style bottles could not be filled due to a production problem. Owners Gerry and Sue Thygesen put their heads together and came up with a plan—they would use what bottles they had for some of the wines, and create a new brand for a paper label that would fit shorter Burgundy-style bottles. And SKAHA Vineyard was born. And lo and behold, customers love both brands!…