Ted and Lorraine Kane love the Okanagan Valley and their winery, River Stone, reflects just that. The couple moved with their family in 2002 to the Okanagan from Alberta, following Ted’s long time passion for British Columbia’s wine. Over a decade in the wine business later they are proud the co-owners and wine tasters (respectively) of River Stone Estate Winery in Oliver. Their hand tended vineyard and winery, are situated on the edge of Okanagan River boasts a plethora of grape varietals including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc to name a few. The property’s grapes reflect the unique terroir of the area’s rock and gravel soil.
River Stone’s wines have been sweeping up wine awards both nationally and internationally. In particular, their signature Bordeaux blend Corner Stone notably received a Gold Medal at the Intervine International Wine Awards and a Silver Medal from Wine Access and the Savour North West wine awards in Washington state. Wine Access also awarded their Cabernet Franc Gold in the 2012 awards.
The wine shop at River Stone is filled with locally made artisan treasures such as Okanagan landscape paintings and handcrafted glass jewellery. Visitors to the wine shop can enjoy a small loaf of freshly baked bread made on site daily by wine shop assistant Bob Potkins. For $8.99 enjoy a tasting plate of four cheeses, olives, grapes and, of course, Bob’s fresh baked bread and a glass of River Stone wine while sitting outside and taking in the beauty of the winery.
(photo: Ted & Lorraine with Baker Bob Potkins ©)
~ Natasha Chudyk