The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery
Cawston, BC | Orofino is once again hosting their annual “Orofino Crush Pad Winter Classic” event. The winery will be open for a festive holiday weekend in the Similkameen Valley from 12pm to 4pm on December 6th, 7th and 8th. We invite everyone to taste through a few new wine releases and check out the wineshop for holiday gift ideas.
There will also be many opportunities to grab a stick for some pick-up hockey on the crush pad. Nothing too strenuous and definitely nothing too serious! Stickhandle around until exhaustion hits and then trade in your stick for a glass of wine or a hot chocolate and marshmallows done over an open fire. Read more
The GOODS from Blue Mountain
Okanagan Falls, BC | Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is pleased to participate with other Okanagan Falls wineries in the 2nd Annual Holiday Cheer Open House on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st from 11am to 5pm. Come celebrate the season with some bubbly and our tasty truffle popcorn! We will have complimentary wine tastings, a free bottle gift-wrapping service, lots of festive music and decorations, plus friendly, helpful staff to help you with your holiday wish list. Find more about the event here and learn more about Blue Mountain after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards
Okanagan Falls | Together with the other 11 wineries of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association, on November 30th & December 1st, Meyer Family Vineyards will be participating in the 2nd Annual Holiday Cheer Open House. We are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday & Sunday for a weekend of wine tasting to get you in the Holiday Spirit! We will be offering complimentary wine tastings, complimentary food pairings & holiday gift ideas.
The Holiday Cheer Open House is one of 4 winery association events that invite you out to enjoy a weekend in BC wine country during the Holiday Season. For more information on these events visit www.winterwineevents.com. For further details on participating wineries of the Okanagan Falls Holiday Cheer Open House please visit www.ofwa.ca. Learn more about MFV after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Eau Vivre
Cawston, BC | Join Eau Vivre Winery for their 3rd annual Christmas Open House through the weekend of Dec. 6-8. Enjoy some delightfully hot mulled wine and fresh, home-baked goodies while warming up around the fire pit on the patio. You can also check out Eau Vivre’s newly released wines, gift boxes and artisan gift ideas. “We host our Open House as part of the Similkameen Wineries Association Christmas open house winery tour during the annual Keremeos Light-up Weekend,” says Dale Wright, co-owner of Eau Vivre. ”It’s such a fun way to celebrate the holiday season together!” Read more
One of the things that I remember from working in restaurants was the crush of private staff parties that come every year in advance of Christmas. That crush has already started, of course, but we thought we’d make finding and booking quality venues for private parties a lot easier for our readers by providing a list of places that we know from experience to be excellent. We canvassed the Scout Community to see what was available out there – specifically how many seats for buyouts and private rooms – and we think the responses to date will serve you in good stead. If you missed the invitation to contribute to the list and would like to add your establishment, by all means please contact Mitsumi Kawai at mitsumi [at] scoutmagazine.ca lickety split and she’ll hook you up. Get feasting after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | It’s been a busy time at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards with the grape picking wrapping up for the year and Winemaker and CEO Sandra Oldfield celebrating the winery’s 20th harvest with a special year that saw two types of vintage emerge.
The Okanagan’s hot summer leading up to September meant that the Tinhorn Creek team was tracking the maturity of the grapes two weeks earlier than usual, a promising sign for the first vintage. Variable weather in September that ranged from hot sun to hail, wind and drizzle, lasted well into October and created the second vintage.
The good news from September’s mixed weather was that it slowed down the ripening of the grapes enough to help the flavours catch up with the rapidly rising sugars – giving an incredible intensity of flavour to the grapes at harvest, this slow down in ripening simultaneously caused some initial concern about attaining the proper ripeness for harvest, as it has done for the past three years, but ultimately the quality was attained in enough quantity to produce the full range of high-quality reds.
“This year we’ve expanded on the popularity of our Pinot Gris and our Gewürztraminer,” says Winemaker and CEO Sandra Oldfield, adding “both are pretty exceptional in the tanks right now. Variety-wise one of the stand-outs of this vintage is the Merlot – the grapes loved the hot summer and its flavours are going to knock peoples’ collective socks off when the wines are released.” Read more
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] regiogroup.ca 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
The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad
Summerland, BC | BC’s Okanagan Crush Pad, producer of Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines announces the release of 150 cases of BC TNT Chardonnay ($22.90) made by 2012 Sommelier of the Year, Terry Threlfall.
TNT is the third wine release from the winery’s Okanagan Wine Campus program. TNT Chardonnay Threlfall’s Chardonnay is named TNT after Terry Nicholas Threlfall, but of course the wine’s name does offer a fun play on words.
Threlfall shares, “Yeah, that’s a little cheeky, hey? First of all, my initials are TNT and a favourite reference for me from those that know me well. Secondly, do not expect an oak-bomb here – this wine is aged in steel and concrete. Where it does detonate is with its exuberant pure fruit, minerality, and vibrant natural acidity.”
The TNT Chardonnay is pale yellow with a tinge of green; this wine has aromas of bright citrus fruit and apricot, with hints of green apple and a chalky minerality. Multiple layers of complexity from concrete and native fermentation keep this wine changing every time one smells it. The weight is amazing, with a lively, tangy acidity that is bolstered by a lovely, gentle creaminess and elegant fruit. A salty mineral character helps round out the refreshing finish. TNT cries out for a plate of freshly shucked BC oysters. Dynamite, one might say…
Okanagan Wine Campus, created in 2011 by Okanagan Crush Pad, is a mentorship program that provides the person named Vancouver’s Sommelier of the Year a chance to make a small lot wine using the grape variety and style of wine they wish. In 2012 Vancouver Magazine, Vancouver International Wine Festival, and California’s Sunset Magazine each named Terry Sommelier of the Year. So when harvest 2012 occurred, Threlfall visited Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland and worked alongside chief winemaker Michael Bartier to create the wine.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Michael,” says Threlfall. “His patience in describing some of the more technical parts of the process was legendary. I learned a huge amount about the winemaking process and the difficulties of trying to make a wine in as natural a way as possible. Also, I picked up so much while spending time with Michael and Alberto Antonini (who was in town), touring various vineyards of the Okanagan — they were both inspirational in sharing their thoughts and experiences about the history, current state and future of viticulture in the Okanagan.” Get all the details after the jump… Read more
GOODS from Laughing Stock Vineyards
Penticton, BC | In order to make great wine, you need great tools, this year’s winemaking tool chest has expanded to include 2 Amphora’s imported direct from Chianti, Italy. An ancient way to make and store wine from Greek and Roman days, Amphora’s are made of clay which helps the wine breathe during fermentation and storage. This will accelerate the maturity of the wine and we are also expecting some effect on the colour. So far this harvest, it is the fermentation home for a blend of Viognier, Rousanne & Marsanne. Part of a research project involved 4 different fermentation methods, it’s a way to explore these winemaking tools and the various flavours and textures of each.
Having completed 10 harvests since leaving the investment industry, Laughing Stock’s focus is no longer in growing the winery production, but rather increasing quality each year. This year’s vintage is looking stellar with the warm summer temps and extended Okanagan fall season. 10 tons to go! To see more pictures of Harvest 2013, visit our LFNG Facebook page. Read more
The GOODS from Lake Breeze
Naramata, BC | Garron Elmes, President and Winemaker at Lake Breeze Vineyards, is pleased with the number of awards received this year for Lake Breeze wines, including the recently announced BC Wine Awards where the winery received GOLD for the Seven Poplars Merlot; SILVER for 2012 Rosé; and five BRONZE for the 2012 Viognier, 2010 Seven Poplars Pinot Noir, 2011 Meritage, 2012 Pinot Blanc, and the NV Muscat.
Garron comments, “I am especially pleased this year with the recognition of our new wines, the 2012 Windfall won GOLD at the 2013 Northwest Wine Summit and the NV Muscat which just won BRONZE in its first competition. The Fortified Muscat was the successful result of an idea and an experiment which started 5 years ago; our 2012 Windfall which we introduced this year has been a great success and we will be continuing to include this wine in our portfolio; and the 2011 Meritage reached our goal of five varietals in this vintage’s blend.” Read more
The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad
Summerland, BC | Okanagan Crush Pad Winery (OCP) just celebrated its second birthday at the end of September. To celebrate, the winery received a very heavy package, just in time for 2013′s harvest. Six 4,400-litre concrete tanks, weighing a total of 39 tons, arrived from Italy to join six 2,000-litre black egg-shaped concrete tanks that the winery purchased from a supplier in Sonoma in 2011.
The new tanks had a long journey, which started at the Nico Velo factory in Vicenza, Italy, before arriving at their ultimate resting point in Summerland, BC. Nico Velo, established in 1943, makes all types of concrete prefabricated structures, from bridge columns to wine tanks, and offers first class workmanship.
The decision to purchase the concrete tanks from Nico Velo came at the urging of Okanagan Crush Pad’s consulting winemaker, Alberto Antonini, who uses the same tanks at his Poggiotondo winery in Tuscany, and is very impressed with the results. OCP winemakers Michael Bartier and Matt Dumayne concur with the idea of using concrete fermenters. Concrete had been used for centuries in winemaking, but was more or less abandoned with the arrival of stainless steel. These modern day concrete tanks take a forward-thinking approach to the old world practice. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Ocean Wise
Vancouver, BC | More than a dozen of B.C.’s finest Ocean Wise restaurants, twelve of its top wineries, and numerous businesses, professionals and conservationists will unite on October 18th for a common goal – to raise funds for aquatic conservation by contributing to Toast to the Coast, presented by CIBC, Vancouver Aquarium’s fetching annual fall fundraising event.
More than 500 dazzling guests are expected to gather at 7:30 p.m. for this celebration of superb food, delicious wines and fascinating undersea life. The event, now in its eighth year, always sells out. In 2012, Toast to the Coast raised more than $100,000 for the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs, supporting important initiatives such as Ocean Wise™, its national, award-winning, sustainable-seafood program.
Guests at Toast to the Coast are never at a loss for discussion points with the thousands of mesmerizing jellies on display, along with the other 50,000 beguiling aquatic creatures found at the Aquarium. As music wafts through the space, guests will wander the subtly-lit galleries while quaffing stellar B.C. wines from wineries like Poplar Grove, Howling Bluff and Mission Hill, nibbling Ocean Wise canapés from the celebrated chefs at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Yew Seafood + Bar, The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Winery and TUC Craft Kitchen, and falling for the seductions of Soirette macarons and sweets from xoxolat.
Over the course of the evening, guests will have an opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items that include a Whistler weekend getaway at the Westin complete with Ziptrek experience and Oakley Airwave Goggles that display speed and altitude, navigate, and interface with a smartphone. Four tickets to December’s Pearl Jam concert are among the fundraising booty on offer. Read more
The GOODS from Blue Mountain
Okanagan Falls, BC | Mark your calendars, because Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars’ 2009 Brut Rose R.D. ($32.90), 2005 Reserve Brut R.D. ($39.90), and 2006 Blanc de Blancs R.D. ($39.90) will be released on November 5th, 2013. All three wines were disgorged in March of this year. Orders should be placed through the winery’s website here. Any orders placed by Friday November 8th (5pm) will be shipped on Tuesday, November 12th (orders placed after November 8th will be shipped on Monday, November 18th). Learn more about Blue Mountain after the jump… Read more