Corcelettes Estates Winery sits in the elbow of the Similkameen Valley across from the imposing face of K Mountain. The vistas are endless. The winery is named in honor of winemaker Charlie Baessler’s family farm in Switzerland, not far from the Castle of Grandson. An 11-foot Menhir, an ancient monolith stone, stood on the farm, so there’s a symmetry to the fact that he and his wife, Jesce, and their 16-month old twin girls, Arya and Evelyn –along with their dog Schaze, now make their home and living amongst the dark rocks of the Similkameen. This winery is about family and this included their extended family—the staff. Upbeat and charismatic, the team is brimming with knowledge. Soon they’ll be getting another addition, a herd of Katahdin Dorper sheep to help create a sustainable viticulture. Here they believe that making good wine begins in the vineyard.
Corcelettes’s wines are gaining recognition. The Petit Verdot, a single varietal created with two-barrel production, and Jesce’s favorite, which began its journey into the world in unison with the birth of the twins, is impressing even the sternest of critics. The new Cabernet Merlot, a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot grapes—all 100% estate grown; a delicious wine tasting of dark fruit, chalky and intense, with hints of black cherry, dark chocolate, and a slate minerality. It pairs beautifully with pizza, chocolate and BBQ.
Beginning Canada Day, Corcelettes’s new tasting room will be open. It’s spacious with phenomenal views— just the right place to relax and enjoy wine. Plans are also in progress for a food service. Plus, wine club members are being treated to their own private golf experience. It’s the perfect oasis but don’t take my word for it, come see for yourself.
(pictured:Jesce & Charlie with winery dog Schaze)
~ Lesley Buxton