The GOODS from JoieFarm
Vancouver, BC | Upon the occasion of our 10th anniversary, we are pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Vintage of JoieFarm A Noble Blend, Rosé, Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Blanc. The wines are now available to order online from our website JoieFarm.com by clicking on the Buy Our Wines link. Shipping is free to your door throughout most of Canada. Please contact us for shipping charges to outlying Canadian areas. Shipping is not available to the USA or internationally.
A note about the vintage itself, the 2013 growing year was long and flavourful. It was our second bumper crop in a row and the vines have really outdone themselves in terms of quantity and quality. The vintage shows our regional trademark of excellent acidity and reasonable alcohols as well as great intensity of flavour, the benefit of a nice long growing season and a cool dry October. Read more
by Treve Ring | While most of Vancouver was making snow tracks, watching an outdoor-indoor hockey game or getting a membership card for Vancouver’s Gin Society, I was taking on 1,750 different wines at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Though I gave it my best college try, I didn’t get around to every booth. However, I did sample nearly all of the 110 sparkling wines on the tasting room floor – and most Champagnes a few times each. Bubbly was the theme after all. I’m just doing my job. France has now passed the sabre to Australia for the 2015 instalment, so listen for even more Aussie twang out Vancouver/Whistler way next February (if that’s even possible).
I spent some quality time with the infamous enological iconoclast, Michel Chapoutier. Now forever interred in my databank: “High acidity in wine is like love with a condom. You sacrifice pleasure for security.” And “You don’t need to be a gynecologist to make love. You don’t need to be a winemaker to enjoy wine.” And quite poetically, “Anyone who creates wines must be generous and festive. Without such qualities the creative act is doomed, sterile and vain.”
If you weren’t among 20,000 like-minded drinkers/tasters crushing 30,000 bottles of wine – ka-ching bottle depot – at wine fest (if you were, you might be in the gallery above), hopefully you were stocking up on good whisky before the barrels run dry.
Chalk one up for the little guys. Craft beer production is snatching up market share, while the big boys are sliding in sales. And that’s not even considering Vancouver’s newest source of brews, The Drug Users Resource Centre.
With the west coast’s love affair with fragrant, green crops (hops, naturally), what are we going to do about the upcoming hops shortfall? I may have pinpointed the exact cause; Driftwood Brewery’s spectacular Fat Tug IPA taking Best BC Beer in the 2014 CAMRA Vancouver Awards.
Oh well, if we run out of hops, there’s always kegged SakeOne Momokawa Organic Junmai Gingo saké on tap.
The Scots and their inventions. First bagpipes, and now this. Scottish punk craft brewers BrewDog has teamed up with UK restaurant chain Honest Burger to birth the Brew Burger – a beef burger infused with so much beer it requires ID.
And if you didn’t have enough to occupy yourself now, what with worrying about high acidity and condoms and running out of Fat Tug, you might want to do some reorganizing of records, recycling and your storage locker, seeing as its illegal in some states to use milk crates for anything besides milk.
The GOODS from Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | Join Proprietor John Skinner on Saturday, May 3, for an unforgettable evening of Painted Rock wines while overlooking the vineyards and Skaha Lake at the winery’s new tasting room. John will discuss the history and winemaking philosophies of Painted Rock, while guiding guests through the award-winning lineup of wines, complete with an exclusive sneak peek of the yet to be released, but highly anticipated 2011 vintage.
The wines will be celebrated and perfectly paired throughout a locally-inspired four course meal prepared by esteemed chef and sommelier Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines. Tickets are $125.00 per person and are very limited. To purchase tickets, click here or call (250) 486-5175. Read more
The GOODS from Miradoro
Oliver, BC | Miradoro Restaurant, British Columbia’s premier winery restaurant, is pleased to announce its reopening on March 1st, 2014 after closing for the January / February winter months. The destination restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers stunning panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country and features Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s finest ingredients, as well as Ocean Wise seafood.
Miradoro is celebrating with fresh new spring menus and a special for the month of March: guests can enjoy a special prix fixe three-course menu for just $39. Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014 and the Miradoro team will be joining in the party by working with the vineyard to put on special events from a communal Crab Feast to an alfresco Starlit Supper in the outdoor amphitheatre.
In the restaurant, Miradoro’s Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest has created a mouthwatering spring menu, which features dishes like roast pork croquettes with espellette aïoli and salsa verde; Covert Farms beets and farro with house made yogurt and sprouted grains; and duck breast with root vegetable fudge, sunchoke puree, ras al hanout granola and Harker’s organic cider.
Returning on Tuesday March 11th, the Communal Table will bring together locals and visitors to celebrate regional food and wine with friends both old and new. As part of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ 20th birthday celebrations, on April 22nd Miradoro’s proprietor Manny Ferreira will celebrate 20 years since he first bought a case of Tinhorn wine by returning to the kitchen to appear as guest chef at a special Communal Table Dinner.
In keeping with Miradoro Restaurant’s food philosophy, all of the Communal Table Dinners will feature a special menu of family style fare that is local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. Held at 6:30pm every Tuesday from March 11th until May 20th, the Communal Table menu is $30 per person for multiple courses. Reservations are required. Read more
The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls | Join Meyer Family Vineyards on the Saturday of the May long weekend (17th) to celebrate the release of our 2012 vintages and our new tank room. Be among the first to try our new releases and award-winning wines, enjoy a BBQ buffet by Chef Jordan Ash of Flambé Catering, mingle by the bonfire, or join us in a game of horseshoes! There are only 80 tickets available online at www.mfvwines.com or in our tasting room at 250.497-8553. Learn more about MFV after the jump… Read more
by >Treve Ring | There are people who have seen a lot in this industry, and then there are people who have seen it all. “When I arrived in the valley, ‘Okanagan Riesling’ and Marechal Foch were the most planted grapes” remembers Sandra Oldfield. Back then, the funky so-far-from-Riesling hybrid dubbed ‘Okanagan Riesling’ and the foxy, always-divisive Marechal Foch were ruling the vineyards. “They kept saying ‘Riesling this and Riesling that’ but I knew there was no possible way that stuff could actually be Riesling.” Thankfully, Sandra had the adventuresome pluck and foresight to put down roots, literally and figuratively. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary for Oliver’s Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, a golden milestone for CEO and Winemaker Oldfield and her Golden Mile winery.
Since harvesting their first grapes in 1994 in the southern Okanagan, the family-owned and operated Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been a pioneer of carbon-neutral and sustainable winemaking and instrumental in introducing the world to BC wine (thankfully, not ‘Okanagan Riesling’). I joined Sandra and a handful of wine folks for lunch at Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar recently as she cracked some screwcaps (all wines are under stelvin), reminisced (did you know Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Forrest Gump both came out in 1994?), and looked forward to the year ahead.
Her Vancouver visit kicked off a series of 20 events held this year to celebrate Tinhorn’s 20th birthday. Not content just to ponder what the next year or two will bring – though contentious sub-appellations were bandied about over the dozens of glasses on the table – the pioneering Sandra is “very excited about what the next 20 years will have to offer.” Us too, Sandra. Cheers to 20 more!
Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series 2Bench Red 2010 | OKANAGAN | $30
The 2010 2Bench Red is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Big boned, with ample cassis, fine cedar spice, thorny leaf, black raspberries and blacker coffee, ending off with raspy grained tannins and faint tobacco smoke. The wine is held back and aged at the winery, released only when it’s ready to drink (because, of course, consumers don’t cellar).
Straight up – why did you make this wine? After making wine here from estate grapes for a dozen years we got a feel for what grapes grow well in what parts of our vineyard. We decided to make a big, bold red blend because we were in complete control of the quality from our vineyards, we knew what varieties would make the best blend and we were excited to release a well-aged red wine to our customers.
Where are the grapes from? Our grapes come from the heart of red wine country in BC — what I like to call the Okanagan Valley’s “Extreme South”. The majority of the blend comes from estate vines in our Diamondback Vineyard on the Black Sage Bench and the Petit Verdot vines are what I look out at from my bedroom window on the Tinhorn Creek Vineyard on the Golden Mile Bench. The name “2Bench” comes from blending these estate grapes from both benches in the Oliver area of BC.
Your ideal pairing with this wine would be…? A winter hardy stew with fork tender beef (preferably from our own Okanagan’s Finest Angus Beef grown right in Oliver), some lovely rustic vegetables, potatoes and with a bit of the 2Bench Red mixed in.
Favourite BC wine, other than yours? I’d say my favourite BC wine that I’ve had recently (this week) was the Quails’ Gate 2012 Chardonnay; I had it on the weekend and it was just lovely. I also love the Rieslings from Orofino and the Pinot Noirs from Stoneboat Vineyards.
What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? We drink wines from all over the world and some of my favourite places are Alsace, California and Washington State, but lately it has been all I can do to just stay on top of all that BC has to offer. I put my focus recently on trying a new BC wine each week, and preferably from a winery I have not had from a while.
The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek Vineyards celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, so come and kick off your shoes and join in the party as they are bringing back some of their favourite bands from past Canadian Concert Series. The much-anticipated annual event is a rare opportunity to see some of Canada’s top musical talent while enjoying award-winning wines and taking in the spectacular views of the South Okanagan Valley.
Tinhorn Creek’s outdoor amphitheatre sits atop the winery’s hillside overlooking the famed Golden Mile, and is a one-of-a-kind venue for dancing the night away under the stars. Kicking off on May 24th, the 2014 Canadian Concert Series features Tinhorn’s favourite past performers every month and ends with legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Colin James for the grand finale performance on September 6th.
The Town Pants are the first blast from the past and they will be starting the Canadian Concert Series with their rollicking Celtic rhythms on May 24th ($25) and the party continues with the funky grooves of The Boom Booms on June 28th ($30). On July 26th, Hey Ocean ($40) bring their mellow indie party-pop to the vineyard, followed by the alternative rock music of Odds on August 23rd ($45).
Colin James returns to Tinhorn Creek on September 6th ($75) to celebrate their 20th anniversary, it’s a special visit for the singer-songwriter as he helped the vineyards to celebrate their 10th anniversary a decade ago. He brings back his unique blend of musical styles that are the result of a long career that has seen him as rock guitar legend, platinum pop artist, blues baby and swing music band leader. Read more
The GOODS from Quails’ Gate Winery
West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate’s Old Vines Restaurant offers an excellent venue to build a career in the culinary arts. Open year-round, opportunities exist for development and gaining knowledge of pairing wines with the bounty of Okanagan products. Our belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophy. Members of the Quails’ Gate team are well respected and viewed as some of the most talented in the wine and hospitality industry. Quails’ Gate fosters a positive and supportive work environment, ensuring each team member has the tools needed to succeed.
Right now, the restaurant is gearing up for the summer season. It currently has openings for Fine Dining Servers, a Restaurant Service Manager, Sous Chefs, and an Office Administrator. Learn more about the winery, the restaurant, and each of the positions available after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Culmina Family Estate Winery
Oliver, BC | Culmina Family Estate Winery has partnered with prominent Western Canadian wine agent, Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc., to sell its wine in British Columbia.
Beginning April 1, 2014, Pacific Wine & Spirits will represent Culmina’s portfolio in BC, including the 2011 Hypothesis, a Bordeaux-style red blend, and the 2011 Dilemma, a Burgundy-style Chardonnay. Both wines will be targeted to fine wine retailers and on-premise establishments that cater to discerning and knowledgeable wine consumers.
“We sought an agency that shared our vision and values for developing Culmina into an icon brand in British Columbia”, says Donald Triggs, Co-Proprietor & Principal. “We believe that Pacific Wine & Spirits’ portfolio of top international producers, its strong and growing sales in British Columbia, and its healthy relationship with BC trade will greatly complement our winery’s ethos and objectives.” Read more
The GOODS from Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Kelowna, BC | Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Sunset Organic Bistro is seeking a qualified manager for its dining room. The successful candidate is positive, high energy, hard working and team oriented with a natural ability to exceed guest expectations. The candidate is able to provide strong leadership and assistance to the team during service, and is constantly looking for ways to move the operation forward. Potential for long term position with competitive salary and benefits package. In addition to the Dining Room Manager position, Summerhill is also seeking applicants for seasonal positions as servers, serving assistants, and hosts. Please send resumes to Maryanne [at] summerhill.bc.ca. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company
Everywhere, BC | Nothing warms up the cold winter better than a warm and toasty dark beer, especially when that beer is the new Baltic Porter from Cannery Brewing. Baltic Porters, which originated in the 18th century, were first brewed in Estonia and other Eastern European and Scandinavian countries. Cannery Brewing’s Baltic Porter is brewed in the classic Baltic Porter style with traditional German malts and noble hops. Ross Thompson, lead brewer at Cannery Brewing explains, “Like most Baltic Porters that are typically strong and sweet, our Baltic Porter is a dark lager that has a sweet roasted flavour combined with a spark of dark fruit to embrace the warmth of the alcohol. It has a rich, velvet smoothness that blasts through to the finish. At 8% alc./vol., this strong beer will definitely warm you up!”
Just as the beer style originated from Estonia, so did the image used on Cannery’s new Baltic Porter label. Thompson continued, “As we were doing our research on this beer style, we came across a photograph of the Kiek in de Kök cannon tower in Tallinn, Estonia. We all instantly loved the photograph and the name of the tower, and the concept grew quickly from there. We reached out to Kaarel Mikkin, the Estonian photographer who took the photograph, to see if we could use his artistic image on our beer label. Not only was Kaarel thrilled to let us use the photograph, it turns out he and his brother Dan have a design agency called Brand Manual, based in Tallinn, and they agreed to work with us on the design of this new label. We are absolutely delighted with the look that they have created.”
The Baltic Porter label makes a drastic departure from Cannery Brewing’s typical label design. Patt Dyck, owner of Cannery Brewing explains, “The Baltic Porter is the first in a new line-up we are calling our Artisan Creations. Inspired by pieces of artwork, this line-up will feature specialty ales and lagers, that complement our regular and seasonal line-up. Our brewing team will use premium malts, unique hops and yeast strains and perhaps even a different brewing process when crafting these beer. The labels in our new Artisan Creations line-up will be artistic creations that match the artistry of these beers. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | The long weekend has come and gone and with it (temporarily) went my ability to properly and personally moderate my own food and drink intake. As the Co-Senior Judge (with Sid Cross) and the Culinary Referee at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, I was soaked by wave after wave of gastronomic invention, enough to keep me – regrettably – in kale and fernet branca for a few more days. But really, the eating and drinking was the easy part. It’s the math that kills you. I’ve been judging this competition for the past 6-7 years and it’s still a very humbling experience to have to grade dish after dish from some of the top chefs from coast to coast. Writing on a CCC scorecard – for me at least – is the most difficult writing there is. I enjoy it tremendously, but the pencil doesn’t jot down numbers without trembling with doubt. “Was that really as over-seasoned as I thought it was?” “Did the wine push the sauce too far into the realm of bitterness?” “Is this fish supposed to be this cold?” You want to get it right, every time.
And I think we always do.
As I mentioned last week, representing BC this year was chef Brian Skinner of The Acorn, the critically-acclaimed vegetarian eatery on Main Street. Though he didn’t finish on the podium, he held his own against Calgary’s Duncan Ly (Yellow Door Bistro), Montreal’s Danny St Pierre (Auguste), Winnipeg’s Kelly Cattani (Elements), St. John’s Roger Andrews (Relish), Toronto’s Lorenzo Loseto (George), Saskatoon’s Trevor Robertson (Radisson Hotel), Regina’s Jonathan Thauberger (Crave), Ottawa’s Marysol Foucault (Edgar), Halifax’s Martin Ruiz Salvador (Fleur de Sel), and Edmonton’s Paul Shufelt (Century Hospitality Group), impressing all of the judges with his technique, poise, and mastery of the veggie milieu. Those who names were ultimately called were Danny St. Pierre (bronze), Duncan Ly (silver), and Lorenzo Loseto (gold). My sincerest congratulations to them all!
I’ll let my good friend James Chatto – my boss at the event, the competition’s National Culinary Advisor, and an infinitely better writer than I – tell you how it all went down here and here. You can also take a look at some of the shots below to get a feel for how things looked from a judge’s perspective.
4790 Wild Rose Street | Oliver, BC | V0H 1T0 | MAP
Telephone: 250.498.0789 Fax: 250.498.4388
Creating wines of excellence through the blending of art and science.
Elaine Triggs: Co-Proprietor & Finance Director
Sara Triggs: Sales & Marketing Manager
Donald Triggs: Co-Proprietor & Principal
VISION & CREATION
Culmina Family Estate Winery is the result of a lifetime of experience in the wine industry for Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs. Having worked in the industry for a combined 40+ years, Don and Elaine began in 2007 with a simple goal: to make the highest quality wines possible from their own family estate. Channelling their lifelong passion and resources into their family-run property in the Golden Mile, Culmina represents their commitment to excellence as well as their desire to craft icon quality wines reflective of their origins.
Culmina is located on three spectacular adjoining benches, scouted for its rich vineyard potential and developed from virgin land. Visitors to Culmina may explore a very limited release of Culmina’s carefully crafted wines – including the highly anticipated Grüner Veltliner – to learn about Culmina’s unique approach to viticulture and winemaking, receiving personalized attention by the Triggs and the rest of the Culmina team.
ARTISTRY & SCIENCE
Culmina is a family-owned wine estate operated by the Triggs and a small team of dedicated professionals. For the Triggs, ownership does not mean standing on the sidelines, but rather a full-time, hands-on commitment to every aspect of the business. Their singular objective: to maximize the quality of the wine produced from their family-run vineyard estate.
Culmina is supported by exceptionally talented Viticulture and Oenology professionals. At the helm of the local team is BC-winemaking Icon, Pascal Madevon. Hailing from France, Pascal Madevon offers a wealth of industry experience from Canada and abroad, infusing his passion in all aspects of the grape growing and winemaking cycle.
Intrinsic to the Culmina project from it’s inception has also been Alain Sutre, Consultant from Bordeaux. With his education and experience encompassing projects both in Canada and overseas, in areas of vineyard development, winemaking and grape growing disciplines, Alain provides invaluable input into the entire production process, from vineyard to grape to bottle.
Culmina’s wines have been met with exceptional critical praise since their Pre-Release to Members and in the Tasting Room last Fall, including very flattering reviews from some of Canada’s top wine writers. To purchase Culmina’s wines, Become a member to learn of Members-Only releases and special offers, as well as to keep abreast of upcoming 2014 winery events and other news.
Anthony Gismondi gives high praise and 89 points in this blog to Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis: “Collector’s Alert! The best first release I can remember from a local winery. [...] An impressive first edition with a ‘Right Bank’ Bordeaux-styling”. | August 2013.
John Schreiner, during his second trip to Culmina, describes Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis as ‘an elegant icon wine’, giving it a massive 92 points. | August 2013.
Rick Van Sickle attributes 91 points to Culmina’s 2011Hypothesis, 90 points to Culmina’s 2011 Dilemma, and 88 points to Culmina’s 2012 Saignée. Details from Rick’s entire visit to Culmina may be found on his blog | August 2013.
Tim Pawsey attributes Culmina’s 2011 Hypothesis 91 points, calling it a “definite sign of great things to come from what I suspect will emerge as one of the valley’s hallmark wineries”. | September 2013.
In Summer (May 1 – Oct 31), Culmina is open 7 days a week for seated tastings, tours and wine sales (10am to 5pm). In Winter (Nov 1 – Apr 30), hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (excluding Stat Holidays) for wine sales only.