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QuintaFerreira

With established family-owned and operated boutique wineries that are as popular as Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, when the new release wines join the portfolio, it’s wise to pick up your choices before they are gone. Take Zinfandel, which is not released every year, and is Quinta Ferreira’s smallest lot at 25 cases: if you don’t buy it when you see it the opportunity is lost. Chardonnay, Quinta Ferreira’s most popular white, and Rosé will also be released in early fall and sell out quickly. Brand new in the portfolio is Riesling, which is sure to be a hit with collectors.…

Fairview Sarah Scott

Barrel samples can be deceiving. Tasting an unfinished wine can lead one to believe that once it is bottled, the wine will be just as amazing as the barrel sample. Usually, the barrel sample only gives small hints at what it will eventually be like. The freshly racked sample of 2015 Pinot Noir from Fairview Cellars was giving off all kinds of hints about its how it was made. It had a beautifully rich ruby colour and was all cherries and spice. It had been fermented in oak puncheons (large, 500 liter barrels) that had each been customized with large…

Riverstone

On the top of a gravel hill in the middle of the Okanagan Valley, River Stone Estate Winery is situated just like a 1ére Cru Classé chateaux on Bordeaux’s left bank. Their vineyards slope down in three directions from the distinctive red house and winery perched at the top of the property, giving the vines maximum exposure throughout the day and the season. “Mother Nature runs the show,” says owner and winemaker Ted Kane, who designed the layout of the 9.5-acre property after purchasing it in 2001. Of course, Ted has done what he can to help Mother Nature out by…

TERRAFINA

Still blushing from all its accolades in receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Estate remains the top-rated restaurant for the Oliver area on TripAdvisor and has been awarded Okanagan Life’s Reader’s Choice Best Restaurants for 2016. No wonder it was super busy all summer with patrons from all over the world. New sous-chef Christina Schell has replaced Tatiana Brown who returned home to Australia and new Front-of-House Manager Jerome Thevenet has also settled in. Terrafina’s team is happy and doing an amazing job in working together to present a first-rate dining experience. As the leaves…

HesterCreek

Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver is one of those special ‘must see’ places during your fall winery tour.  The ambience, scenery, amenities and decidedly delicious wines blend together to create the perfect experience.    The fun at Hester Creek doesn’t end when summer does.  Their biggest event of the year, the annual Garlic Festival, takes place on October 1st, 2016, as part of the Okanagan Wine Festival. Sarah Lefebvre, communications manager, says the event draws up to 2,000 people throughout the day. “The Garlic Festival is a fund-raiser for the Oliver Elementary School Farm to Table salad bar program. …

Gehringer

2016 is a special year for Gehringer Brothers. They are celebrating 30 years in the wine industry and are able to now look back on all of the hard work that went into starting their vineyard and making wine. The land was originally purchased in 1981 and planting began right away. Previously, it was barren scrubland that had been deemed unsuitable for farming. Huge rocks were everywhere. “There were often rocks on top of other rocks,” explains Walter Gehringer, “which was bad for retaining any moisture at all.” The rocks had to go before the vines could be planted which made…

Oliver-Twist

Oliver Twist is firing on all cylinders this year and winemakers Gina Harfman and Denice Hagerman are clearly looking forward to this year’s harvest. Gina missed out on the crush last year when baby Vida was born and is excited about the way that this vintage has been progressing. The cooler weather in late June and July has brought the growing season that started with an early spring back to normal. This could translate into a longer season which could lead to more complex flavours in the wines. Clearly it will not be a vintage that she will want to…

DesertHills

The medals are pouring in to Desert Hills for their recent releases. That is not a big surprise for a winery that is going into their 16th vintage on the Black Sage Bench south of Oliver. This is the Okanagan Valley’s big red country and it’s no surprise that their red wines are highly decorated. The Cabernet Sauvignon in particular stands out not only for its fullness, power, and complexity. The wine is a beautiful deep brick red in colour and shows aromas of currents, sweet spice, mint, and eucalyptus. The palate is deeply textured with bright berries, dark chocolate…

Culmina_Trigg_Fam_v3

Labels at Culmina Winery are like title pages in the Triggs family’s story, and their newest vintage of Dilemma, which is to be released in their tasting room this fall is no different.  This Chardonnay, which recently earned 94 points from John Schreiner, offers insight into how carefully the family made decisions when they embarked on re-establishing themselves in an industry they spent decades shaping and then left behind. Sara Triggs, who in 2012 joined the winery her father Don and mother Elaine initiated in 2007, explained one of the many things the family was looking for when they started scouting…

CC Jentsch Amber Pratt

When a barrel of wine or a particular batch stands out among the others in the cellar and is just too good on its own, winemaker Amber Pratt sets it aside for the Small Lots series. As the team at C.C. Jentsch hones their vineyard skills, more and more batches are proving themselves worthy. Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec have all been featured as Small Lots wines. Each one has received its own fair share of awards and honors. The 2016 vintage so far looks promising for future vintages of Small Lots wines. “The grapes will have…