GOODS | Gastown’s “Cork & Fin” Hosting JoieFarm Winemaker’s Dinner On Nov. 10th

November 8, 2013 

Cork & Fin is located at 221 Carrall Street in the heart of Vancouver's Gastown | 604-569-2215 |

Cork & Fin is located at 221 Carrall Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown | 604-569-2215 |

The GOODS from JoieFarm

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver food and wine lovers are invited to join Joiefarm’s Michael Dinn in person for a special six course dinner at Gastown’s Cork & Fin restaurant on Sunday, November 10th. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased either by emailing rodney [at] or by phoning 604-569-2215. A preview of the menu may be found by clicking here. Learn more about JoieFarm after the jump… Read more

Seen In Vancouver #396: Lunch With Joy Road & JoieFarm At Le Marche St. George

September 14, 2012 

by Michelle Sproule | When three of your favourite things all come together at once it’s like a rare planetary alignment. You just sit there and enjoy the moment, knowing that it probably won’t happen again in your lifetime. One of these especially uncommon occurrences took place this week when Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn of JoieFarm arranged a media luncheon to introduce their outstanding 2010 Vintage Reserve Series (love that Pinot Noir). Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith of the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering were on hand to pair their always marvellous “cuisine de terroir” with the wines, and it all went down in the charming suite above Le Marche St. George. Have a look and a taste…


DINER: Vancouver’s Food & Wine Industry Raises Nearly $10,000 For One Of Its Own

The fundraiser to aid Sean Hamilton went down this past Sunday night in the old Boneta space and it was a tremendous success. As you may recall, the lifer in Vancouver’s vibrant restaurant industry is battling his second round with cancer, and has been in need of financial assistance. Here’s a note from one of the event’s main organisers, Michael Dinn (co-proprietor of JoieFarm0:

We raised just shy of $10,000 to help Sean with his expenses while he battles a second bout of cancer. If you know of anyone who was unable to attend but would like to donate, please direct them here. We’d like to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals whose tremendous support made the event possible: Abigail’s Party, Alta Bistro, Bambu – The Salon, BC Hospitality Foundation, Boneta, Coletta Consulting, Cork & Fin, Dana Lee Harris Consulting, Dockside Restaurant, Foremost Wines, Freehouse Wines, Gotham Steakhouse, Granville Island Hotel, Hell’s Kitchen, Heyday Design, Hip Baby, Hy’s Restaurants, Irvin Walkes, JoieFarm Winery, Keith Nicholson, L’Abattoir, Lake Breeze Winery, Landmark Selections, Laughing Stock Winery, Marquis Wine Cellar, Merchants Oyster Bar, Nadine McDowell, Okanagan Crush Pad, Patrick Moss-Norbury, Peacock & Martin, Peckinpah, Poplar Grove Winery, Red Truck Brewery, Save-On Meats, Scout Magazine, Steve da Cruz, Stoneboat Winery, Tavola , The Delta Pinnacles, The Diamond, The Roxy, Doolin’s, The Cellar, The Sardine Can, The Storeroom, The Wines of Argentina, The Wines of South Africa, Top Table Restaurants (West, Araxi, Cin Cin, Bluewater Café), the Umberto Restaurant Group (Il Giardino, La Trattoria di Umberto, Il Caminetto), Vij’s, and Wild Rice.

Battle hard, Sean!

HONOUR BOUND: Get Together In Support Of Sean Hamilton At The Old Boneta Space

As many in the local food and wine trade are aware, industry lifer Sean Hamilton is going through a battle with cancer. Naramata winery JoieFarm and the good folks at Boneta are organising a fundraiser for him. Here are the details, as supplied by JoieFarm’s Michael Dinn:

A cancer fundraiser is being thrown on behalf of a dear friend and colleague, Sean Hamilton, on Sunday June 24th at the old Boneta space from 7 pm – midnight.  Many of you know Sean from his time as a waiter, bartender, manager and restaurant owner over the past 20+ years. He is going through his second bought of cancer in the past 5 years and has been out of work for a year. Our goal is to cover his expenses for at least the next year so that he does not have to deal with financial stress while he works on getting better. We want to get as many of his friends and colleagues as possible out to the event so I am asking you to attend and/or forward this email or this facebook link:  to as many of his friends and former colleagues that you know.

We are also looking for gift certificates and silent auction items so if you are able to help, please email me back and I will arrange for pickup or you can deliver it to the office of The Storeroom, 1396 Richards Street, Vancouver (hours 9 am – 7 pm M-F and 9-5 Sat & Sun). Let them know that it is for the JoieFarm fundraiser.  If you would like to contribute directly but are unable to attend, please email me back and I will give you instructions on how to do so.

An application is in processs with the BC Hospitality Foundation and we hope to receive matching funds of up to $5000 from them as well.

Please do what you can to spread the word. We hope to see many Scout readers there.


Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another

GOODS: Naramata’s “JoieFarm” Receives Critical Praise For Their 2009 Reserve Wines

November 23, 2011 

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-496-0073 | Toll free: 1-866-422-5643 |

The GOODS from JoieFarm

Naramata, BC | The 2009 PTG and 2009 Reserve Chardonnay have received consistently strong reviews from the critics. We have good stock of both wines and they can easily be ordered, with no charge for shipping, by clicking on this link. Read the new reviews after the jump… Read more

JoieFarm Named BC Winery Of The Year By Wine Press Northwest

joie1photo: Chris Mason Stearns

News from Scout supporter JoieFarm

Naramata, BC | JoieFarm is proud to announce that we have been named the “2010 British Columbia Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest in the spring edition of their magazine. This award is selected by the editors of Wine Press Northwest based on blind tastings, visits, accolades and other considerations. Wineries of the Year must have also completed at least five vintages. The complete article can be found online here. Read more

Joiefarm’s ’08 “A Noble Blend” & Riesling Score Big With Judges

December 8, 2009 


Two JoieFarm wines win 1st and 2nd overall in the 10th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging

News from Scout supporter JoieFarm

Naramata, BC | JoieFarm is proud to announce that our 2008 Riesling and 2008 A Noble Blend have finished 1st and 2nd overall in the 10th Annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging. Both wines were designated Double Platinum, while the 2008 Riesling was also awarded the title “Best of the Best”, only the second white wine in the history of the competition to do so. Read more

Wines From Naramata’s JoieFarm Now Available For Sale Online

November 21, 2009 

joie1photo: Chris Mason Stearns

News from Scout supporter JoieFarm

Naramata, BC | In analyzing client feedback and media coverage over the past several years, our clients and colleagues have told us that they love JoieFarm wines, but have difficulty accessing them. In order to address this problem  we have decided to make our wines available year round (based on availability) via our website. Read more

Naramata’s JoieFarm At “C” Restaurant Next Sunday Night

November 12, 2009 


Six courses on Sunday, November 22nd at 6 pm for $110 (tax and grat included)

News from Scout supporters JoieFarm

We would like to announce an upcoming dinner with Canada’s premiere seafood restaurant, C Restaurant on Sunday November 22nd at 6 pm. We are always especially pleased to stand up with former colleagues and C Restaurant represents a pinnacle in Michael’s restaurant career having served there as sommelier almost 10 years ago. Since our first release in 2005 C Restaurant has been a tremendous supporter of JoieFarm and the compatibility of their cuisine with our wines is absolutely seamless. Read more

JoieFarm’s Humble Beginnings Revealed In The Financial Post

September 21, 2009 


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

OKANAGABLOG #419: Once Upon The Best “Feast Of Fields”, Ever


With our kids just about to go back to school, my wife and I are trying to squeeze as much awesomeness as we can out of the last week of the summer. We’ve just come back from a couple of days spent in Naramata and Summerland, enjoying the hospitality of our good friends Heidi and Michael at JoieFarm and experiencing the region’s first ever Feast of Fields. Read more

Naramata’s JoieFarm Scores Big At LG’s Awards Of Excellence


Naramata's JoieFarm wins two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in British Columbia Wine...

Great news from Scout supporter Joie Farm

JoieFarm is proud to announce that we are the proud recipients of not one, but two 2009 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in British Columbia Wines for our 2007 Reserve Chardonnay and our 2008 Riesling. Read more

Eight Minutes With Heidi Noble And Michael Dinn Of JoieFarm…


Seven years after leaving the restaurant trade behind them and going out on a limb to purchase 5 acres on the Naramata Bench, Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn have turned their labour of love, JoieFarm, into one of Canada’s most iconic wineries. Read more

At Salt With JoieFarm Plus Kolt & Skakun Start A Sweet Blog…


Heidi and Michael from JoieFarm were in town hosting a tasting event with Kurtis Kolt and Jake Skakun in Salt Tasting Room’s cellar the night I returned from Tofino. Unfortunately, due to exhaustion and the pressing need to address a desk loaded with six days of work, I couldn’t stay beyond the first couple of courses. I took a few snaps while I was there, and they can be viewed after the jump…

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