Tag: Lake Country

Nostalgia Wines Kerner 2020

Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

 mywinepal  June 8, 2024  0 Comments on Exploring the Kerner Grape: It’s History and Growth in British Columbia Wineries

In two previous articles, I covered two red grape varieties that are grown in BC, but are not well-known; Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt.  We also do make some interesting white wines with relatively unknown varieties. I would like to introduce you to the Kerner grape. Let’s delve into the story behind the Kerner grape, and its aromatic profile, and discover the…

Defining the Root of BC Terroir masterclass

Defining the Root of BC Terroir Masterclass at VanWineFest 2023

 mywinepal  May 1, 2023

To start off the Vancouver International Wine Festival, I attended this masterclass which featured 11 British Columbia wines from across the province, “Defining the Root of BC Terroir“.  Our panellists, the winemakers at the wineries, discussed the unique growing conditions of their vineyard and terroir of the area. There was also some discussion on what BC winegrowers are doing in…

Wine Growers of BC- BC Wine Regions Topo Map

The BC Wine Industry Welcomes Six New Sub-GIs

 mywinepal  June 30, 2022

In BC we relatively quickly learned that cooler climate grapes, like Riesling, did better in the north Okanagan, and warmer climate grapes, like Syrah, did better in the south Okanagan.  Similarly cooler climate grape varieties in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.  And more.  But we have had a few decades now to further refine these generalized grape growing regions…

O'Rourke's Peak Cellars Riesling 2020 label

Taste the Wines of O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars at VanWineFest 2022

 mywinepal  May 13, 2022

Please welcome and come visit Lake Country’s O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars at VanWineFest 2022.  Here is info from the winery for you. ~~~ Peak Cellars Owned by local entrepreneur Dennis O’Rourke. Dennis is long-time resident of the Okanagan Valley, having bought property on Juniper Cove Road in Lake Country in 1979. Before building a home on this land, Dennis spent many…

Chinese New Year 2022 Year of the Water Tiger (Image courtesy https://www.vecteezy.com)

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Water Tiger

 mywinepal  January 12, 2022  2 Comments on Celebrate Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Water Tiger

The Chinese New Year 2022 is celebrated on February 1, 2022, with this year being the Year of the Water Tiger, plus it is predicted to be a lucky year!  Goodbye COVID, I hope. The tiger is portrayed as the king of the animals and represents strength and courage.  A few past tiger years were 2010 (when we had the Winter…

BC Rose wine in glass

BC Rosé Wines Continue to Please

 mywinepal  January 12, 2021

I thought I’d write this article about BC Rosé wines as rosé wines have been on a growth tear for several years.  Plus checking my website stats for the last 4 weeks, the top query was “Mateus Rosé Wine“.  Mateus, from Portugal, has been around for many years, enjoyed by my parents, and is now updated and reaching out to…

50th Parallel Estate Winery Blanc de Noir Methode Traditionnelle 2017 and Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir 2 Ways from 50th Parallel Estate Winery

 mywinepal  July 17, 2020

My last 2 wines from 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country are from the Pinot Noir grape.  The first is their 2017 Pinot Noir and the other is their Blanc de Noir Methode Traditionnelle 2017 sparkling wine.  With the COVID situation keeping us all at home, why not use some of your stored vacation money that you would have…

50th Parallel Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018 and Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

50th Parallel Estate Chardonnay and Rose for Your Summer Sipping

 mywinepal  July 13, 2020

Do you ever drink white wine with BBQ?  If not, try a big, buttery, oaked Chardonnay like this one from 50th Parallel Estate Winery.  If you are still enjoying the Rosé revolution I also have a Rosé from 50th Parallel Estate to tell you about. My Tasting Notes 50th Parallel Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018 (BC $39) – this wine after…

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer 2019

Two Aromatic White Wines from 50th Parallel Estate Winery

 mywinepal  July 10, 2020

The first two wines from 50th Parallel Estates Winery for me to taste are aromatic whites that you would find in the Alsace region of France, but of course these wines are located in Lake Country.  The two wines I am tasting are their Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer 2019. Where is Lake Country? You may not be familiar with the…

Virtual BC Vintage Preview Part 1

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Cool North and Vancouver Island

 mywinepal  April 22, 2020  1 Comment on BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Cool North and Vancouver Island

BC’s wine regions, in my opinion, can be categorized as either a very cool, cool, warm, or hot climate.  Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley I’d put into the very cool category.  Lake Country would be cool.  North Okanagan and the Kootenays, I’d regard as cool to warm.  South Okanagan, Similkameen, and Kamloops to Lillooet as hot.  These regions can…