ForbiddenFruit

Even after 10 years, there’s still a first time for everything. Forbidden Fruit’s 2013 Caught Apricot Mistelle and the 2011 Earth Series Merlot both won Double-Platinum awards at Winepress Northwest Platinum Judging making this the first time ever that a Northwest winery has won Double-Platinum in both grape and fruit wine categories in the same competition. “The Caught was the fourth highest ranking wine in the competition,” says Steve. A special new label for the grape wines riffs on the farm’s location at the end of Sumac Road. The new label is called “Dead End” but it also reflects the…

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Eau Vivre Winery in Cawston has a good-sized portfolio of wines with lots of different styles to choose from but it is Pinot Noir that has really put them on the map. Two back-to-back Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine will do that. The newly released 2013 vintage of Pinot Noir is looking to grab some of that action as well. It has already won a Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships and was also voted Best Pinot Noir by the BC Wine Appreciation Society in a double blind tasting that also included international Pinot Noirs.…

Closdusoleil

C los du Soleil in the Similkameen Valley has always tried to be a unique destination and now with a new winery and tasting room, it is proud to contribute something new to the Similkameen’s wine scene. “The community of wineries in the Similkameen has been working hard at building the reputation of the valley,” says managing director and winemaker Michael Clark. “With the growing tourism industry here, we’re glad to offer an important new destination.” That destination is now a brand new winery with a beautifully bright tasting room to welcome visitors. Decorated with lots of wood (supplied from…

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info@SimilkameenWine.com www.SimilkameenWine.com Named by enRoute Magazine as one of the “world’s 5 best wine regions you’ve never heard of,” the Similkameen wineries are starting to get some of the attention they deserve. This little patch of vineyards and orchards in the hot, dry and sunny Similkameen Valley is turning out some stunning grape and fruit wines and cider. Set amongst the dramatic backdrop of craggy mountains, it is not surprising that wine lovers are starting to take notice. The tranquil Similkameen Valley is yours to discover. TWISTED HILLS CRAFT CIDER 2080 Ritchie Dr., Cawston 250.488.4256 www.TwistedHills.ca CLOS DU SOLEIL WINERY…

robinridge

Caroline and Tim Cottrill opened the doors to Robin Ridge Winery just outside of Keremeos in 2008 when the Similkameen Valley was just starting to get noticed for its quality grape growing. Fast-forward to 2015 and not only is the Similkameen on the radar of BC wine lovers but a distinctive style has emerged from wineries in the Valley. The portfolio of wines at Robin Ridge has its own distinct and consistent style that fits well within the Similkameen and, like all fine wine; it reflects how the grapes are grown. Growing top quality grapes is paramount for Tim. “I…

Gehringer

Gehringer Brothers Winery on the Golden Mile in Oliver has played a big part in the evolution of the BC wine industry. Their wines have been consistently recognized in competitions from year to year and they have a loyal following of customers who appreciate both their quality wines and their reasonable prices. The 2014 “Old Vines” Auxerrois was awarded a Best of Class and a Gold Medal at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Awards as well as a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. These 30-year-old vines have produced a wine that is a mellow gold…

Burrowingowl

If you’ve travelled through southern British Columbia you may have run into Canada’s smallest bird, a tiny hummingbird. To pay homage to this lovely little creature, the Wyse Family, founders of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, introduced a line up of wines under the label Calliope, a word from Greek origin meaning ‘beautiful voice’. The Wyse family is known for their efforts in wildlife preservation, in particular wild birds. Grapes for Calliope wines are carefully sourced from local vineyards in the South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. The wines are crafted to showcase bright, fresh, fruit flavours and crisp acidity. Bottled under screw…

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With vineyards and vistas steeped in summer’s glow, it’s a great time to cruise Oliver’s Black Sage Road with a plan to linger at Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. On July 12th, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, it’s the 4th Annual Paella, Wine & Live Music event for a fee of $20. Once again, Chef Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek is welcomed onsite to prepare the famous Portuguese dish, paella, over an open flame. Also, featured this year is the band, Honest Woods, playing indie/folk rock with jazz influences. Tap your toes while tantalizing your taste buds…

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With great “gusto”, Terrafina owner April Goldade shared the announcement of new label Terra Unica wines by Hester Creek Estate Winery. “Terrafina is thrilled to be part of this release in which these special wines are only available to be savoured at our restaurant, or in the comfort of your home if you’re a subscribed loyalty member of Hester Creek’s Bench Club.” Each vintage, winemaker Rob Summers will produce one white and one red Terra Unica wine in small amounts (under 100 cases) for loyalty subscription members’ exclusive enjoyment. Says Goldade, “We’re excited to showcase these unique varietals alongside Terrafina’s…

Hiddenchapel

When Deborah Wilde purchased the site of Oliver’s Hidden Chapel Winery its previous owner said to her that “God told her Deborah was supposed to have this property”. Today, this vision has been vindicated as Deborah, guided by the spirit of Bacchus, has turned her property into a winery of such quality that it should be regarded as a mandatory pilgrimage for every wine lover. Hidden in the hills off Highway 97 along Oliver’s northern fringe, the winery takes its name from a small chapel that’s veiled from sight when on the highway by a garden worthy of Saint Francis.…