The Vancouver Playhouse Wine Fest Joins The Scout Community

January 12, 2011 

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The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page hereRead more

Elephant Island Orchard Wines Joins The Scout Community

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Elephant Island Orchard Wines is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of member wineries and breweries here. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page. Read more

Heads Up! “2010 Afterglow” From The Naramata Bench Wineries

March 31, 2010 

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The Naramata Bench Wineries are coming to Vancouver for their annual ‘Spring Release’ on Monday, April 12, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

Relax and bask in the AFTERGLOW of Vancouver 2010: it’s time for a glass of wine!  Chill with Naramata winemakers as they bring the most elusive and exclusive new releases from the cellars of the Naramata Bench to you – no road trips required. Wines are paired with food from Vancouver and Naramata’s premier culinary talents, including CIBO Trattoria, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Gramercy Grill, O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, Salt Tasting Room, the Westin Bayshore, and from Naramata, the Cobblestone Bar from the Naramata Heritage Inn and Hillside Bistro from Hillside Estate Winery.

Be the first to taste the annual “Best of the Bench” Spring wine releases, meet the winemakers, and place bids on the annual auction of exclusive award-winning wines and proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Looking forward to it. Tickets are $85 and available online at www.naramatabench.com and by phone at 1-800-663-1900.

CedarCreek Estate Winery Joins The Growing Scout Community

March 17, 2010 

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The Fitzpatrick family and their CedarCreek Estate Winery are now proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of wineries and breweries. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page here. Read more

JoieFarm’s Humble Beginnings Revealed In The Financial Post

September 21, 2009 

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The Financial Post has an illuminating bit of background on how the Naramata Bench’s award-winning JoieFarm came into being… Read more

Oliver’s “Stoneboat Vineyards” Has Joined Scout Magazine

September 8, 2009 

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Oliver’s Stoneboat Vineyards is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page. Click ahead for a taste, or visit their Scout page in our winery sectionRead more

Laughing Stock ’07 “Blind Trust Red” Combo Kept Under Wraps

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Laughing Stock Vineyards releases their '07 Blind Trust Red and '08 Chardonnay

News From Scout Supporter Laughing Stock Vineyards

The sunshine has arrived on the Naramata Bench and so have our latest releases including:

Blind Trust Red 2007 | Just like a financial trust where executors have full discretion over the assets, our winemaker has full discretion over the wine blend so you’ll just have to trust us. HOWEVER, if you are really curious about what’s in the bottle, the assets are kept under wrap and seal (just peel back the capsule to reveal the blend). So we challenge you to blind taste the Blind Trust…without peeking. Read more

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

October 5, 2008 

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Tickets: 604-873-3311
Toll free: 1-877-321-3121
Web: www.playhousewinefest.com
E-Mail: info@playhousewinefest.com
Twitter | Facebook

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The Team

Festival Executive Director: Harry Hertscheg
Director of Operations: Trish Metcalfe
Marketing Manager: Matthew Pinch
Festival Administrator: Visnja Vukelich
Box Office & Information Coordinator: Melanie Wickes
Publicist: Shannon Heth
Gala Manager: Kelly Snider

About The Festival

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The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2011, the theme region will be Spain and the global focus Fortified Wine. The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and Festival partners; and raise funds for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.2 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 223 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

The Shore Club generously presents the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.

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Stoneboat Vineyards

October 5, 2008 

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7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC | MAP
(between Black Sage Road and Road 9)
Tel & Fax: 250-498-2226 | Toll Free: 888-598-2226
info@stoneboatvineyards.com | www.stoneboatvineyards.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stoneboat
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/stoneboat
Hours: May – mid October: 10:00am – 6:00pm daily

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About Stoneboat Vineyards

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Located along a winding country lane in Oliver, BC, on the rocky soils of the lower Black Sage Bench, Stoneboat Vineyards is one of the newest premium artisan wine producers in the South Okanagan Valley. The winery is owned and operated by two generations of the Martiniuk family, who have been growing vines on the since 1983.

Our focus in viticulture and winemaking is on Pinot varietals, which we believe are best suited to our unique location on the Black Sage. Our wines are sourced exclusively from three estate vineyards, which, unlike much of the South, thrive atop hundreds of feet of calcium encrusted stones. Their lower elevations and southwestern exposures balance warm days with very cool nights, enabling us to grow intensely flavoured whites with refreshing minerality and rich, layered reds.

Since its inception, Stoneboat has quietly earned awards and accolades for its balanced, character-driven wines. Over the past 25 years we have developed a close relationship with our land, following a farming philosophy that values integrity, minimal intervention, and sensitivity to the vines and soils. Our winemaking is inspired by this same approach; we strive to create wines that offer the most honest expression of their origins in our vineyards.

Elephant Island Orchard Wines

October 5, 2008 

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2730 Aikins Loop, Naramata BC | V0H 1N0 | RR1 S5 C18
Follow Naramata Rd 9 km North to Aikins Loop
(if you get to Naramata you’ve gone to far)
Phone: 250.496.5522 | Fax: 250.496.5521
Email: info@elephantislandwine.com
Web: www.elephantislandwine.com

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The People Who Make it Happen

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Owners: Miranda & Del Halladay
Winemaker: Del Halladay
Consulting Winemaker: Christine Leroux

About Elephant Island

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Elephant Island – Not your typical wine moniker…not your typical wine.

Fusing classic wine making processes with an unconventional line-up of fruits – Stella cherries, organic Bartlett pears, Goldrich apricots, Heritage raspberries, and Black Currants. Tradition with a twist, wine with a spine…this is what we aspire to create at Elephant Island. Over the last 6 years, and many bottles (ok we’ll be frank – cases) of ‘experimenting’ we have expanded the Elephant Island repertoire to include bone dry wines, lip-smacking dessert style wines, fortified wines, a port style wine, and even methode champeniose sparkling wines. All told in the 2008 vintage over 260,000 lbs of fruit were processed to produce 6,000 cases of wine.

Recognizing that our 20’s were spent consuming large quantities of beer (and being only shortly into our 30’s) we brought professional winemaker Christine Leroux in to the fold. Thank goodness Christine was up for a challenge – sure the science of winemaking is the same but in the world of Elephant Island you’re dealing not with 1 fruit with 30 different varietal expressions, you deal with 13 fruits and the exponential permutations that follow. Together we have learned what works and what doesn’t…and we’ve drunk a lot of wine. Bottom line: exceptional fruit – nothing else, stainless steel aging, and defining a style that suits the fruit.

Wines

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From bone dry wines, to lip-smacking dessert style wines. Check out the line-up and reviews at www.elephantislandwine.com.

Pet Projects

The Cocktail Program – In the company of good friends and a bottle of Grey Goose, the cocktail project was born. Mixing a little Apricot Dessert Wine 2004 with a little more Grey Goose was dangerously delicious…imagine what the professionals could come up with. Enter Chris Stearns, mixologist extraordinaire, and the results are more elegant, more refined and double the drinking pleasure for our dessert wine customers. Artisnal, handcrafted and locally grown the dessert wines offer the new generation of mixologists a beautiful addition to their well.

The Little King – A sparkling wine made in the traditional method (Methode Champenoise) crafted in the memory of our infant son Rex who died in 2002. Rex died as a result of suffocation in his mother’s hospital bed when he was 3 hours old. The Little King is dedicated to his memory and to tell his story. Committed to preventing through sharing, Miranda and Del donate all proceeds from the sale of the wine to the Rex Halladay Memorial Fund at BC Children’s Hospital which was formed to support the education of regional and rural hospitals in best codes of practice for peri- and post-natal care.

Laughing Stock Vineyards

October 4, 2008 

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1548 Naramata Road | Penticton, BC
Tel: 250-493-8466
Email: info@laughingstock.ca
Web: www.laughingstock.ca

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The People Who Make It Happen

Owners | David Enns (Winemaker) & Cynthia Enns (Vineyard Manager)

About Laughing Stock Vineyards

Located on the picturesque Naramata Bench, Laughing Stock Vineyards is a serious enterprise with a lighthearted attitude. And with a name like Laughing Stock, we wake up everyday with the motivation of not living up to our name. Thus we aim to produce the highest quality small production wines from the burgeoning Okanagan Valley. What choice do we have? Founded by David & Cynthia Enns in 2003, Laughing Stock focuses on making a few wines well, including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Portfolio, our flagship Bordeaux blend.