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It’s that exciting time of the year when those nasty winter winds finally begin to fade away and the warm, early season sun draws us out to play. And for those just itching to get out into the spring weather Meyer Family Vineyards is inviting the entire family out to the winery to play in the expanded picnicking garden and patio, and will officially open its doors for the new season on April 1st. The winery itself is also an idyllic setting for every member of the family. The patio, ringed by a quaint flower dotted garden, looks out over…

The heart of Wine Country wraps around the Okanagan Falls Area stretching from Skaha Lake to Vaseux Lake. The area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. What has largely been kept a secret only sought out by those wine lovers in the know, these hidden gems of small wineries offer a taste of some of the finest wines, wonderful people and the heart of the Okanagan wine experience. Call each winery for wineshop hours. ofwa.ca    for upcoming events, winery members and more!  

The remarkable growing season of 2016 with an extended warm fall will be remembered by the Kruger family as bittersweet. The amazing vintage was overshadowed by the passing of Wild Goose’s founder and British Columbia wine pioneer Adolf Kruger in November. He was a trailblazer of the British Columbia wine industry and was instrumental in opening one of BC’s first “farmgate” wineries, Wild Goose Vineyards in June of 1990.   “Last year was a tough year for us,” says Roland Kruger, Wild Goose general manager. “My father was very influential in the wine industry and leaves quite a footprint behind.…

Wine Country Pioneer: Adolf Friedrich Kruger October 5, 1931 – NOVEMBER 20, 2016 We are sad to announce the passing of the much loved Adolf Friedrich “Fritz” Kruger on November 20th, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Patriarch of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Adolf was a pioneer of the local wine industry and was instrumental in creating farmgate status for wineries – a crucial moment in wine country history. Born in Kehrberg, Germany on October 5, 1931, Adolf spent much of his childhood growing up during the war years. After the war and having fled East Germany,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…