Tag: okanagan

CheckMate Artisanal Winery is Not Gambling, They Have the Winning Hand

CheckMate Artisinal Winery Little Pawn and Opening Gambit 2014

The CheckMate Artisanal Winery is a project by the von Mandl family, who established the Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.  Mission Hill won the Top Chardonnay in the World in 1994 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. …

B.C. Best of Varietal Wine Awards 2019 Results Announced

Okanagan Wine Festivals

We all like to receive rewards.  It starts as we are young children with our parents, continues through school, and when we are in the workforce.  The 2019 BC Best of Varietal Wine Awards recipients were just announced and I’ve…

BC Pinot Noir Celebration Brings 35 Top Pinot Producers Together With Seven of BC’s Best Chefs

BC Pinot Noir Celebration logo

Do you love Pinot Noir?  BC Pinot Noir?  I do love Pinot Noir and BC Pinot Noir.  We have the right cool climate to help bring out the nuances of Pinot Noir, compared to some warmer climate wines from this…

My Okanagan Falls Spring 2019 Wine Release Picks for You

Okanagan Falls Spring Wine Tasting brochure

Okanagan Falls, located between Penticton and Oliver, holds, I think, a sweet spot for growing grapes and making wine.  It has long warm days and cool nights, which allow the grapes to reach full ripeness as well as keep their…

Spearhead Wines Finesse with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

5 Spearhead Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay to taste

2017 was a cooler and could be a challenging year with the raging wildfires and smoke that occurred in early summer. Winemakers noted that in the Okanagan the berry size and cluster size were smaller which produced less juice.  And…

Rhône Around The World Seminar at VanWineFest 2019

Rhone Around The World placemat with wines

As stated by the Vancouver International Wine Festival, “Rhône grapes have made an indelible mark in their native region in France, but are now being grown successfully throughout the wine world. While Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne have unique…