The exceptional prestigious awards that Burrowing Owl wines have earned this year have definitely been a highlight,” says Midge Wyse, winery proprietor. “Showing well at international competitions has always been important. What is particularly rewarding is the depth of varieties awarded and especially the winery’s newest addition – Sauvignon Blanc.”
Burrowing Owl 2009 Merlot and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon won Golds at the L.A. International Wine Competition. The 2010 Merlot and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc were awarded Golds at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2010 Cabernet Franc achieved a Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The 2011 Chardonnay won Gold at the Northwest Wine Summit and 2010 Athene a Gold at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. And that’s just for starters.
Midge is also very pleased with the success of Burrowing Owl’s new Calliope label and says the wines will now be available in government liquor stores, VQA stores, private wine stores and a growing number of restaurants.
October 9 and 10, The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will host two special Harvest Dinners to celebrate the autumn bounty from the South Okanagan. Following a reception will be a multi-course dinner in The Sonora Room prepared by the culinary team. Pair it all with wine selections from the library of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and guests will experience the essence of wine country dining. Those interested in attending should call right away to book a spot. (1-877-498-0620).
“All of the proceeds from our tasting fees go towards reestablishing the endangered species, the burrowing owl,” says Midge. “People really like to see another side of our passion and dedication and that we are having success like this. Our volunteers build artificial burrows in the wild for adults that have been born in captivity at a facility near Oliver. If chicks are then born in these burrows, then trained handlers band the chicks in order to monitor their return the following year.”
~ Dona Sturmanis