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All the wines produced at this boutique, farm gate winery are grown in a sustainable vineyard and created with minimal interference. Every aspect of the wines’ evolution is natural. This is a winery that allows the quality of the grapes to speak for themselves. Medal-Worthy Nocturnus This September, Nighthawk Vineyards introduced its latest release: Nocturnus, a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend of 65 per cent Merlot, 25 per cent Malbec and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc. Named in keeping with the winery’s theme, Nocturnus is the Latin for “of the night”— a name that conjures up late-night, romantic dinners under the stars…

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…

Sit back and savour the serenity at Meyer Family Vineyards Wine Lounge in Okanagan Falls, now open from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. This season there’s an expanded “build your own” charcuterie menu showcasing locally sourced meats and cheese, olives and other small bites. Sip the highly acclaimed MFV wines or opt for BC craft beer, cider and spirits. There are even cool, tempting cocktails such as a special collaboration that uses Noteworthy Gin and MFV sparkling wine. “To elevate our venue, we’ve hired a full-time manager with a restaurant background to oversee it and our events…

From the beginning, hands-on owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger didn’t shy away from trying something new for the region. With their winemaker sharing innovative inclinations, together they’ve followed their passion to gain a reputation as being adventurous while creating award-winning wines. In 2011, Stag’s Hollow planted its Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard with many varietals new to the Okanagan. These varietals included two Italian — dolcetto and teroldago — and two Spanish — albarino and tempranillo. In the portfolio at Stag’s Hollow, there are also grenache and vidal (basis of the fruity wine Tragically Vidal that has gained a cult following).…

Recognition for the quality of Nighthawk Vineyards wines continues. Owners Christy and Daniel Bibby have learned that their 2016 Chardonnay won a competition in Norway and will be stocked in 59 stores across the country. Says Daniel, “This marks the first time we’ve shipped internationally. We were thrilled to load four pallets destined for Norway.” Norway has a highly restrictive wine monopoly regulating the sale of alcohol over 4.75 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) to a single government-owned provider, Vinmonopolet. To be considered, a winery must first be invited, submit according to strict guidelines and then undergo a blind…

Nighthawk Vineyards is off the beaten track of regular touring itineraries. Folks are drawn here, having enjoyed the wine at an event, or as repeat visitors, or because someone recommended it. But once here, via the scenic six-kilometre route from Okanagan Falls, the peaceful setting entices you to linger. Take your time — the Nighthawk team encourages it. Owners of Nighthawk Vineyards, Daniel and Christy Bibby, know firsthand how magical the moments can be at a winery. Their love of the Okanagan Valley grew as they toured wineries with guests. Then there was a pivotal stay at Burrowing Owl Estate…

Tasting the well-made, award-winning wines is even better in Stag’s Hollow Winery’s new tasting room, which debuted late last season. Watch for signage to find the access road to the new facility, open daily from May. Here in an airier, larger setting, sip through your flight at the stylish tasting bar, and enjoy the spectacular view of vineyards and mountains beyond, through huge tasting room windows. Can’t get enough of those wines and that view? Enjoy them with a picnic on the soon-to-be licensed patio or in the picnic area. Bring your own lunch, or buy from the onsite Winecrush…

Believe it or not, wedding season is upon us, and with so many details to worry about, having Wine Glass Writer markers on hand is sure to make your special day easier. The non-toxic and food safe markers allow you to write on glass and glazed ceramics, without the fear of smudging and without the hassle of permanency. Whatever you write will stay on its surface until wiped off with a soapy sponge. Since 2010, the mother-daughter team behind Wine Glass Writer has been working hard to remove the need for wine-charms that are forgotten after your second drink, and…

Spring promises to be an exciting time for Rosé enthusiasts. Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s much anticipated Rosé is due to be released at the end of March. This new release features two varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s intended to have a classic dry style that’s perfect for sipping, but it can also be enjoyed with everyday foods such as pastas, salads and light seafood. This delicate wine is designed to be enjoyed young. Judging by the response to the winery’s sold-out 2016 Cabernet Franc Rosé, it’s bound to be delicious. This award-winning 2016 Rosé, along with the 2016 Dry…