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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…

Black Hills winemaker Graham Pierce promised that 2014 provided yet another outstanding vintage of Nota Bene and since the September 1st release, its devoted following has agreed.   Nota Bene’s tantalizing signature of raspberries, plum and fruit leather is complemented by dusty, mushroom and earthy components. Rich, velvety smooth tannins coat the palate resulting in a well-balanced, elegant and delicate lingering finish of raspberries and spice. The vintage is medium-full bodied, with well integrated tannins and lengthy weight. While Pierce played an important part in the process, Nota Bene’s consistency and fluctuations are also a reflection of the environment, something…

There will be events all summer long at Desert Hills Estate Winery. Chris Temos, the marketing director, is buzzing about the new lineup of events that will feature a theme party each month. Following up on their successful Mirage Release party in June, July will feature an Arabian Nights-themed party that will have many surprises to entertain guests. August will treat guests to a Blues Night complete with authentic southern barbeque and a Chicago blues band. At any time of the day, all summer long, the Desert Hills Wine Shop will be the focal point for wine lovers. Guests can…

The old adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover does not apply at Oliver Twist Estate Winery, where they put barrels of thought and effort into their wine labels. Brightly coloured and sassy, the label fronts look like throwbacks to those 1960s pop art music posters, all swirls and curls. On the back of each bottle the fun continues with descriptions that are part William Burroughs and part Austin Powers. Yeah, baby!!! Behind the fun of the words, though, are descriptions that will help you making your choices easier. 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay “Au Naturel! This Un-oaked Chardonnay…

It’s not your typical desert setting. Lounging poolside beneath the shade of a beautiful patio whose vista encompasses what seems to be the whole of the region’s tablelands. However, the Wine Experience Centre at the prestigious Black Hills Estate Winery is anything but ordinary in a region that can claim a similar moniker. Built in 2012, this work of modern architecture stands out in the small town of Oliver, and aptly so as there simply isn’t another winery in the Okanagan that boasts a tasting experience quite like Black Hills. This small, modest vineyard has transformed the extensive desert of…

Wine touring in Oliver is both exhilarating and, at times, overwhelming. Canada’s Wine Capital offers no shortage of exciting destinations just waiting to be discovered, but one of the community’s most memorable experiences is to be found at a winery you’re likely already familiar with. Built atop land which has cultivated grapes since 1968, the winery now known as Hester Creek first opened its doors in 1982, and has since established itself as one of the Okanagan’s finest producers of quality wine. A short ride up Road 8 has the traveler greeted by a 110-acre sea of vines and a…

Driving Oliver’s Black Sage Bench Road to Desert Hills Estate Winery is always fun. I’m excited – it’s my first visit since the Toor family released their 2010 Syrah and Mirage, opened their patio and made their paved driveway and parking lot expansion. I opened the wine shop’s big oak door to see a familiar scene. Proprietor Randy Toor, centre stage in his U-shaped bar, surrounded by 30 or-so visitors—completely in his element. The guests were from everywhere. Most were first-timers, having heard great things about Desert Hills’ wine portfolio: the big, bold reds, the fresh and tasty whites, the…

Although a relatively new winery, C.C. Jentsch Cellars’ winegrower Chris Jentsch and winemaker Amber Pratt (pictured) are now seeing their hard work recognized, not just by many happy customers, but also on the larger stage at awards competitions. Amber’s 2013 Syrah, her first vintage for Chris, was recently awarded a Platinum Medal by the Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada; one of only 14 platinum medals awarded, this wine scored in the top one percentile of all wines in the competition. National recognition on this scale for a new winery is rare, which makes this award particularly welcome for winery owner…

Big and small, River Stone Estate Winery is something of an anomaly in the wine world. Tucked into a gem of a property just off Tucelnuit Road in Oliver, River Stone is still a small enough producer to qualify as a participant in the popular Garagiste North—The Small Guys Wine Festival (under 2000 case producers). But production is the only thing that can be described as small about the winery owned and operated by Ted and Lorraine Kane (pictured). Big visions, big commitment, big results. In the last decade Ted and Lorraine have established a vineyard on ground that been…

As autumn tones tint the vineyards, Okanagan crowds thin out and explore at a more leisurely pace. At Terrafina Restaurant, you can still savour the Summer Menu until mid-September and watch evidence of fall’s harvest as the fresh ingredients of local growers and producers shift. There’s still time to enjoy Terra Unica wines by Hester Creek Estate Winery that are only available in the restaurant, or at home if you’re a subscribed loyalty member of Hester Creek’s Bench Club. Thoughts turn to the Fall Wine Festival and events back by popular demand. Terrafina owner April Goldade enthusiastically recommends the Garlic…