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Being part of the Tinhorn Creek wine club is like having a backstage pass. The Crush Club is perhaps the Okanagan’s most generous wine club. You get “behind the velvet rope access” to the winery’s limited release and library wines; early access to summer concerts and club-only pre-concert receptions; recipes with pairing suggestions from the acclaimed Miradoro restaurant; and members-only events and parties at the winery and in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton. For example, the May 2018 Spring Pick Up Party saw over 135 club members come to the winery to pick up their spring cases and enjoy live…

People around the world celebrate the Malbec grape varietal, and Malbec World Day this year fell on April 17. In support of this auspicious occasion, River Stone released the much-anticipated 2017 Malbec Rosé and the 2016 single varietal, single vineyard Malbec. River Stone has grown the red Bordeaux grape varietals since 2003 and been making both single varietal wines and two Bordeaux-style red blends (Corner Stone & Stones Throw) since 2009. The word Malbec generates interest merely by the mention of its name. A rosé wine made from Malbec is still a rare find in North America, and can be…

Before Gina Harfman was professionally making wine, she was airbrushing and pinstriping motorcycles, vehicles and basically any object thrown at her. Her family held onto almost everything, from old fridges to vintage cars — Harfman grew up in an era well before her time. “I have a big family, so there were always lots of old stories to be told,” says the young owner of Oliver Twist Estate Winery. “Getting together and telling stories makes people feel good, and everybody has a story.” For the single mom, winemaking came naturally as it is part of her Portuguese heritage. Her grandparents…

Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery’s tasting room is now open daily for the season with new vintages flying off the shelves. Drink in the sights and scents of buds on Black Sage Road, and then taste the latest wine releases. While you’re stocking up on your beloved choices before they sell out, peruse the creations by Carmen Tome, resident artist, and remember to arrange to attend your favourite events. Get tickets in the tasting room, by phone or online through www.quintaferreira.com, where you can also learn about the many benefits of The Wine Club. A sure sign that wine touring is…

When visiting Desert Hills Estate Winery, you may see one of the Toor brothers pouring wine in the tasting room or riding a tractor in the vineyard. The three brothers  — Randy, Jessie and Dave  — take the term “family-owned and operated” to another level. The 24-acre home property is located just outside of Oliver, BC, on the Black Sage Bench, with upwards of 100 acres of vineyards in the south Okanagan. The Toor brothers have established Desert Hills Estate Winery as a must-try winery in the Okanagan. They were the first to plant Syrah in the Okanagan, and the…

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s 2017 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger is a wine with an award-winning lineage. Its previous manifestation, the 2016 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger, won a slew of awards including a Platinum at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Annual Invitational Wine Competition, a Best of Class Gold at the Indy International Wine Competition and a Double Gold at the Cascadia Wine Awards. With a fifty-fifty combination of Gewürztraminer and German Schönburger, a grape whose heritage includes Muscat, Pink Chasselas and Pinot Noir, this is a wine with presence. It’s also a little unusual. After all, not many white wines include a red grape in their parentage. The…

As the last of the season’s snow has disappeared beneath the radiant glow of the Okanagan sun, a little patch of garden sanctuary has once again emerged. Hidden Chapel Winery sits nestled in the hills just off Highway 97 as it curves its way into Oliver, south of Okanagan Falls. Here, the roar of the highway is scarcely heard, and is instead replaced with the tranquil melodies of songbirds. Hidden Chapel Winery is the very definition of a hidden gem. The winery boasts an impressive and diverse array of both sophisticated whites and well-aged reds. But they’re best known for…

The Dhaliwal family has a long history of growing award-winning grapes in the Okanagan. They immigrated to Canada in the 1990s on a journey that turned out to be their destiny. “My dad literally had five bucks in his pocket — and those five bucks he had to borrow,” says Neelam Dhaliwal, operations manager at Kismet Estate Winery in Oliver. She says her dad, Sukwinder Dhaliwal, worked in agricultural jobs. His brother, Balwinder Dhaliwal, eventually joined him in British Columbia, and together the two gained insights into managing vineyards. At the same time they planted for some of the region’s…

If one could live at a winery, Black Hills Estate Winery might be at the top of the list. The tasting room here is in the middle of the vineyards and there’s a pool in which to dip your toes. Nestled between Osoyoos and Oliver, in the middle of Canada’s only official desert, Black Hills offers a spectacular setting for wine-tasting. The estate is also optimally positioned for producing mouth-watering grapes. Located on the Black Sage Bench, overlooking the Okanagan Valley, Black Hills sees more sunlight hours throughout the months of June through August, than the world-renowned Napa Valley. The…

Culmina Family Estate Winery has a distinctive approach to winemaking that unites artistry, science and excellence. This methodology is defined in every aspect of the family-owned estate. From their commitment to agricultural research to their appreciation of great craftsmanship, every detail of the estate has been carefully groomed to create high quality, terroir-driven wine. For the Triggs family, who have long been recognized as visionaries in the Canadian wine industry, the estate exemplifies a lifetime of experience. Culmina — pronounced CUL-mihn-uh — is the Latin word for peak or apex, and was chosen to describe not only the family’s remarkable…