Adega

It’s all in the family at Adega Estate Winery and Racyne Farinha, tasting room manager, is proud to be taking on the responsibility for the customer experience. Appropriately, Father’s Day this June will see the release of two very special wines, one named after the full version of her father’s first name “Alfredo” which is a special reserve selection of Merlot. Her uncle Alex Nunes’ eponymous reserve wine “Alexandrino” is a similarly special selection of Syrah. Both wines will be available for the first time at their Customer Appreciation Day that is held annually on Father’s Day. There were only…

Tinhorn Photo

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has good news to share. The Golden Mile sub-appellation—the first new sub-appellation in the Okanagan Valley—has been approved and will now appear on the labels of wines from 11 wineries in The Golden Mile, including Tinhorn Creek. To celebrate this, as well as the Spring Wine Festival, Tinhorn is releasing its new wines: Pinot Gris 2014, Oldfield Series Rosé 2014 and Gewürztraminer 2014. Tinhorn Creek will be heralding late spring and summer with a plethora of events. Not to be missed are their outdoor concerts; coming up May 23rd is Rich Hope & His Blue Ridge Rangers…

River Stone Estate Winery photo

Just as they had hoped, the mineral-rich, sloping, gravelly site of their vineyard is already having a noticeable impact on their wine, River Stone Estate Winery co-owners Ted and Lorraine Kane agree. “Our wines have a sense of place that comes from this dusty, chalky, earthy, mineral soil,” Ted says. On a March Saturday after a two-day bottling marathon (that morphed into a team-building event by their sales rep from Lifford Wine and Spirits) Ted and Lorraine were all smiles—1500 cases of wine safely in the bottle and a new season on the horizon. In the wine shop this month…

Quinta

For all the details on Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, its portfolio of fine wines, wine club, online wine store and events, you’ll want to bookmark www.quintaferreira.com. Refreshed and recently re-launched, the website includes everything you need from buying your favourite wines online and having them shipped to you, news on upcoming events, or visiting the beautiful Mediterranean-style winery on Oliver’s Black Sage Road. The season has shifted into full swing with the wine shop open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy along with the award-winning wines and vineyard views as you linger on…

During the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, Burrowing Owl’s Sonora Room will feature daily tasting menus crafted by Chef Damian Mischkinis. As always, the restaurant’s cuisine will showcase products available from the winery’s local suppliers. Many of the ingredients in the Sonora Room dishes come from a nearby organic farm called Le Petit Clos, which grows produce exclusively for the restaurant’s use. The winery’s chefs work with the farmers at Le Petit Clos to determine what should be planted for the upcoming season, and the resulting harvest includes a bounty of amazing garlic, beans, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, baby eggplant, potatoes, squash,…

CCJentsch

Winemaker Amber Pratt is thrilled with the way everything is shaping up at C.C. Jentsch Cellars this season. The new vintages are soon to be bottled and among those is a brand new white wine ideal for the hot Okanagan summer. “The Quest” is one of those perfect summer wines. A blend of stainless steel-fermented Chardonnay, Viognier, and Gewürztraminer, this wine is “lushly fruity,” says Amber. “Lots of golden pineapple, banana, and melon flavours.” This one will be perfect for summer picnics and lounging by the water, both of which can be done in C.C. Jentsch’s new picnic area. Mere…

Gehringer

Another spring is upon us and it has brought another round of medals for the wines of Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery.  The Great Northwest Wine Competition is held annually at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon. This year it drew over 1200 entries from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. The Gehringer Brothers 2014 Dry Rock Sauvignon Blanc brought home the title of Best White Wine. This wine is a delicate, pale gold in the glass, with a nose that is classic Sauvignon Blanc; sharp citrus and gooseberry.  In the mouth, this wine has a terrifically firm…

Blackhills

The Wine Experience Centre at Black Hills Estate Winery is setting new standards in tastings in the Okanagan and TripAdvisor reviews are brimming with praise. Posts rave with comments such as it’s “A touch of class”, “Magic”, “Outstanding”, “a weekend to remember”, “Wonderful atmosphere, great taste and knowledgeable staff” and the love continues with scores of individual reviewers. What’s attracting such accolades? President Glenn Fawcett explains that “very special sit-down tasting experiences” have been created. “Our ‘Wine Evangelists’ (the tasting room wine educators) guide our guests through an informative and entertaining flight of wines, each served in the appropriate Riedel…

TerrafinaChef

Hailing from the Land Down Under, Tatiana Brown is bringing a new spin to Terrafina as she joins the culinary team as sous chef. “Chef Jenna Pillon, Hester Creek and I are excited to welcome Tatiana and look forward to showing her all the greatness that this Valley has to offer,” says Terrafina owner April Goldade. Since her arrival from Sydney, Australia, Tatiana has worked at the Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa in Gold Bridge, BC. “She came to Canada to explore our culinary culture and showcase the expertise she gained in many high-end restaurants throughout Australia and the United…

Fairview

Fairview Cellars is expanding, but not in the normal way. Owner Bill Eggert is wants to make sure his wines show their best in the wine shop and has been taking steps to age the wine prior to releasing them. Of course, fans of Fairview’s wines already know that they have an amazing potential for aging. Bill has been demonstrating this in his wine shop over the past couple of years by featuring tastings of special back vintages. Not every winery can do this, but Fairview can. Extra aging means extra storage space and that is what Bill has been…