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Winemaker Dwight Sick clearly enjoys his job. With exciting new grape varieties like Dolcetto from their Shuttleworth Creek vineyard now coming into full production, he has a lot to be excited about. The Dolcetto grape heralds from Piedmont in northwestern Italy. On paper, it would seem to be eminently suitable for growing in BC: it ripens early, is low in acid, is very aromatic, and has a deep purple colour. It is quick and easy to produce, requires no lengthy maturing in oak barrels, and is perfectly ready for drinking within the first year. Traditional “New World” wine wisdom has…

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As autumn settles in the vineyards, the vines turn a vibrant hue and the winemakers turn up their sleeves. The hardworking partners at Nighthawk Vineyards are no exception. The results of their diligence and passion are clear in their tantalizing wines. This season, as you turn to the robust, complex flavours suited to cooler weather, have a look at what’s landed at Nighthawk. After more than 20 months in French oak, the 2012 Syrah has proven to be worth the wait, recently taking home Gold for Best of Varietal (2016 Spring Wine Festival). It’s clear to see why, as this…

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JAK and Janice Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards are great admirers of expertise, and this attitude is evident in their wine. The vineyard, located just outside Okanagan Falls, specializes in creating single vineyard wines of distinction crafted in the traditions of Burgundy, with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their philosophy is clearly paying off. Decanter magazine mentioned the vineyard’s Pinot Noir twice in their article: “The Best Pinot Noirs In the World—Outside Burgundy,” naming it as one of their 30 highly recommended wines and one of the “Best-value wines tasted.” Recently the vineyard shipped 600 cases of Pinot…

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Autumn in wine country is a time to celebrate! Wine lovers seeking something delicious and entertaining need only fly south to Okanagan Falls to enjoy the excitement of the season.   On October 1st, Wild Goose Vineyards hosts their 3rd annual Beale Street Festival (12pm-3pm). Revel in the beautiful Okanagan weather and savour the Blues at this popular Fall Wine Fest event. Your ticket includes seating at the Vineyard Stage, lunch from the delectable Smoke & Oak Bistro and a glass of Wild Goose wine. Tickets available online  www.wildgoosevineyards.com or at the wine shop. Wild Goose’s most recent releases are…

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Stag’s Hollow’s Renaissance series of wines represents the best of the best: the best batches of the best varieties from an outstanding vintage. Merlot and Pinot Noir have both been solid performers in the Renaissance series and Grenache was a new addition last year. This year will see the release of a new variety in the series – the 2014 Renaissance Syrah. Grown in the Amalia Vineyard in Osoyoos, it is the first time that Syrah has been included in the Renaissance series and really speaks to the strength of Stag’s Hollow’s reds from that vintage. Only 275 cases of…

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Daniel and Christy Bibby are not strangers to the food and wine scene. Daniel has been executive chef and director of food and beverage for several hotels and is currently the general manager of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. In 2008, the two were captivated by the vineyard lifestyle following a stay in Oliver. Christy explains,  “Our vineyard dream started over seven years ago, shortly after we spent a weekend at Burrowing Owl on the Black Sage Bench.  It was our first getaway without kids in quite some time, and waking up in the morning (with a coffee…

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Wild Goose Vineyards is nestled on a small bluff perched above Vaseux Lake in Okanagan Falls. Aptly named the Stoney Slopes vineyard, this enviable spot provides the terroir and climate perfect for producing premium white wine grapes. One of the oldest wineries in the valley, Wild Goose’s estate remains picturesque and unsullied –the perfect little aerie for whiling away a summer afternoon. And boy, can you make an afternoon of it here! Okanagan summers entice you to bring the indoors out, and Wild Goose’s lovely grounds do so with ease.  Contemporary and cheerful, the well-stocked wine shop boasts a bird’s-eye…

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Meyer Family Vineyards is at the top of their game. We’re talking elite athlete level performance here.  Racking up recognition the globe over, Meyer is proving that they can successfully compete in the big leagues. And like any top competitor worth their salt, Meyer Family Vineyards has reached these heights with time, training, skill, stamina, and risk. “You’ve got to stick your neck out,” says winery proprietor, Jak Meyer. They have done just that—and the world is noticing. In April 2016, the UK’s Decanter Magazine released an article entitled “Best Pinot Noirs in the World Outside Burgundy”, in which Meyer’s…

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20 years and two vineyards later, Stag’s Hollow is maturing well. This season, the 20th vintage of the winery’s famous Vidal is released and available for tasting in the wine shop. Grown in the Stag’s Hollow Vineyard, Vidal benefited from 2015’s long growing season. Usually left on the vine until the first frost, the prolonged growing season meant that the first frost was later than normal. The thick skins retain the aromatics, which is why winemaker Dwight Sick waits for the first frost to gently break down the skins. “This is our ripest Vidal ever,” says Dwight. Their Shuttleworth Creek…

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If you have already picked up the latest issue of Decanter Magazine, or have perused the Calgary Herald lately, you already know that in a recent blind tasting conducted by a committee of renowned sommeliers Meyer Family Vineyard’s 2013 Mclean Creek Pinot Noir was the sole Canadian vintage to be shortlisted as one of the Top Twenty Pinot Noir’s in the world outside of the Burgundy region of France. Of course, those already familiar with the quality wines that Meyer Family is renowned for producing won’t be too surprised to learn this. The modest boutique winery, at only 20 acres…