GOODS | Blue Mountain’s Newest Sparkling Releases Met With Praise From Wine Critics

October 28, 2014 

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 |

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 |

The GOODS from Blue Mountain

Okanagan Falls, BC | Our recently disgorged 2010 Brut Rosé R.D., 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. and 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. are now available! Here’s what the critics have to say: the 2010 Brut Rosé R.D. ($32.90) “…perpetuates the clear and concise house style, shared in common excellence with the Reserve Dry bottle. The smells of strawberries are key, the texture so important to character and aridity the driving force behind its level of elegance.” (Michael Godel, Reviewed October 2014,

The 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. ($39.90) is “exceptional, complex, silky. Recently disgorged (RD) refers to the fact that this sparkling aged on its lees to add complexity, until just months prior to release. Renowned for elegant and often intricate bubbles, this one is no exception. Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris, it suggests patisserie aromas of warm buttery croissants and nutty brioche slathered in pear compote alongside golden apples, field berries, orange zest and white flowers. Expect a fine bead (bubbles) and a mosaic of fruit, exotic citrus, nuts and bready toasted flavours. It is silky and undeniably elegant with exceptional power balanced by mouthwatering acidity.” (Daenna Van Mulligen, reviewed October 2014,

And regarding the 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. ($39.90): “This lovely chardonnay-based sparkler shows some real class and finesse. Generous, complex refined aromas of lemon, mashed apple, vanilla and almond biscotti. It’s slim, focused, juicy and mouthwatering, with excellent to outstanding length.” (David Lawrason, Reviewed October 2014, Learn more about the winery after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Tasting Room At Similkameen’s “Forbidden Fruit Winery” Marks Tenth Year

September 9, 2014 

Forbidden Fruit Winery is located at 620 Sumac Rd. in Cawston, BC | 1-855-499-2649 |

Forbidden Fruit Winery is located at 620 Sumac Rd. in Cawston, BC | 1-855-499-2649 |

The GOODS from Forbidden Fruit Winery

Cawston, BC | On the banks of the Similkameen River near Cawston, Forbidden Fruit Winery has been welcoming guests to its tasting room for ten years. The winery gets its fruit from the family-owned Ven’Amour Organic Farms, which encompasses 142 acres of orchards, vineyards and natural habitat. The farm is bounded to the east by pine and sagebrush slopes, and to the west by a cottonwood riparian forest nestled into a bend in the river.

The tasting room is in a modest bungalow. Open the door, and the character and passion of the owners Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour are immediately evident. Kim’s brilliant-hued paintings, mosaics designs and jewellery glow from walls and shelves, reflections of the fruits, flowers and natural landscapes of the farm.

Steve purchased the property in 1977 and by 1984 it was a certified organic farm. On most summer days, Steve is behind the tasting-counter so visitors can hear first-hand how the wines are made and how the winery developed. Forbidden Fruit is best known for its stellar fruit wines with cheeky titles such as “Crushed Innocence”, “Adam’s Apple” and “Pearsuasion”. “Caught”, an apricot mistelle, recently won a Gold Medal at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards. Read more

Elephant Island Orchard Wines Joins The Scout Community


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


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 and by phone at 1-800-663-1900.

CedarCreek Estate Winery Joins The Growing Scout Community


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

LaStella And Le Vieux Pin Primed For ECommerce With New Site


photo credit: Lyn Falconer

News from Scout supporters LaStella and Le Vieux Pin

We are happy to announce that starting Monday June 22nd our customers will be able to purchase their favourite Le Vieux Pin and LaStella wines online! The site is easy and quick to use. Customers can track their past purchases and order our wine any time of the year. Of course, we would still love to see everyone in person!

Elephant Island Orchard Wines



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


The People Who Make it Happen


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

About Elephant Island


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.



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

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.