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Winemaker Galen Barnhardt from Monte Creek Winery

A Conversation with Winemaker Galen Barnhardt from Monte Creek Winery at VanWineFest 2022

 mywinepal  June 2, 2022

At the Vancouver International Wine Festival, in the Tasting Room, I did have a chance to go through a flight of Monte Creek Winery wines with Winemaker Galen Barnhardt.  Below is a discussion of the wines with Galen.  Mostly Galen speaking, which is how an interview should be.  Enjoy. Galen:  Here we have our sparkling Rosé.  It is 2020, from the…

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…

Monte Creek Ranch Sparkling 2019 and Sparkling Rosé 2019

Try 2 Sparkling Wines from Monte Creek Ranch this Summer

 mywinepal  August 6, 2020

When we drink wine, we probably think of wines made from vitis vinifera grapes like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Syrah.  But there are grapes that are a hybrid between vitis vinifera and another vitis species, such as labrusca or riparia. Why would you do this?  One reason is to make the vine more resistant to cold winters which…

Monte Creek Ranch Rosé 2019 and Hands Up Red 2017

Hands Up if You Like BC Rosé and Red Blends!

 mywinepal  July 31, 2020

Hands Up if you like BC Red blends and Rosé wines.  That is what I have for you from Monte Creek Ranch from Kamloops.  The Monte Creek Ranch Hands Up Red 2017 recently won a gold medal at the 2020 All Canadian Wine Championships.  And won 8 medals all together for their wines. Congratulations. My Tasting Notes Monte Creek Ranch…

At the Monte Creek Ranch Winery

MyWinePal Summer Road Trip Visit to Monte Creek Ranch Winery

 mywinepal  September 6, 2019

Taking a last-minute trip to Kamloops before summer holidays was a great idea.  Over two days you can very pleasantly visit the four wineries that are in the area, plus do some sightseeing and enjoy a few meals at the variety of restaurants in the city.  My first stop was to Monte Creek Ranch Winery which is located about a…

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery Spring Release Wines For Your Enjoyment

 mywinepal  July 6, 2018

The Monte Creek Ranch Winery is located just east of Kamloops in the new GI of the Thompson Valley.  A region with cold winters, requires hardy grapes.  Monte Creek Ranch has a variety of red and white hybrid grapes that can stand these winters.  I talk about these grapes in the tasting notes for the wines.  And they also grow…

The Hot Half of BC’s Emerging Wine Regions

 mywinepal  July 17, 2017

BC’s emerging wine regions is rather large and encompasses different climates and terroir.  From my tour to the region, the places that I visited I think can be divided into two sub-regions: the hot west, and the cooler northeast.  There is still an area to the southeast that I did not visit on this trip, so cannot comment on its…

Monte Creek Ranch Winery vineyard

Check Out 6 New Wine Releases from Monte Creek Ranch

 mywinepal  April 16, 2017

Monte Creek Ranch Winery, located just east of Kamloops, is one of our emerging regions wineries.  They have put out a few vintages already. The 2016 vintage started with their earliest bud-break yet and a warm spring.  A rainy June and July slowed the growth of the grapes, but still harvest began early. Two weeks early, on August 22.  The…

Want to Try Grape and Blueberry Wine from Monte Creek Ranch?

 mywinepal  September 26, 2016

The 2015 vintage was the hottest in years in BC, and recorded the earliest grape harvest of all time.  The heat helped fully ripen the grapes, and produce full-bodied, ripe red wines in the Okanagan, and also the Kamloops region, where we find Monte Creek Ranch.  The winery is still relatively new, with their vineyards planted in 2009.  Learning about…

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Some Surprising Wines from Monte Creek Ranch

 mywinepal  November 1, 2015  1 Comment on Some Surprising Wines from Monte Creek Ranch

New BC wineries appear quite regularly.  Some I hear about before hand, while others take me by surprise.  Monte Creek Ranch is one of the wineries that falls in the latter category, plus they are in the Kamloops area, which has recently had a few wineries set up their homes; Harper’s Trail, Sagewood, and Privato. Who is Monte Creek Ranch…