The GOODS from Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Kelowna, BC | Summerhill Pyramid Winery, long known both for backing environmentally-progressive initiatives, as well as its unwavering support for local and artisanal foodservice providers, has been named the lone wine sponsor at the 9th Annual Spot Prawn Festival, on May 17, 2015, presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.
Purchasing tickets to The Spot Prawn Boil (single admission only $17.50), which includes a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of side dishes and bread, gives access to the drink tent for free samples from Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Salt Spring Coffee and R&B Brewing.
The Summerhill team will be pouring their acclaimed Cipes Brut, a beautiful Riesling and Chardonnay-based traditional-method sparkling wine with aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds and grapefruit. It will be showcased alongside the Cipes Rosé, a 100% Pinot Noir cuvée that offers notes of raspberry, strawberry, kiwi, blood orange, vanilla, almond, and white toast. Both, of course, pair perfectly with freshly cooked BC spot prawns.
“We are pleased to have been asked to participate at what has become a great festival for foodies of all ages, and a showcase for sustainably managed local food sources,” says Summerhill CEO Ezra Cipes. “The fact that there are reasonable limits imposed on the harvest balanced with continued monitoring of the spot prawn population, means that families will be able to enjoy the bounty of our oceans for years to come.”
The 9th Annual Spot Prawn Festival takes place on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf (1505 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC).
Ezra Cipes: CEO
Eric von Krosigk: winemaker/viticulturist
Jesse Croy: winery chef
Gabe Cipes: biodynamics/permaculture
Stephen Cipes: founder/proprietor
ABOUT SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a pioneering Okanagan Valley winery established in 1991. Owned and operated by the Cipes family, the winery has been a leader in organics, converting their own vineyard holdings to organic status shortly after the property was acquired in 1986, and helping to convert over 200 acres of Okanagan vineyards to certified organic status since then. The home vineyard in Kelowna is, as of 2012, BC’s first Demeter certified biodyamic vineyard. Summerhill considers their plots to be ‘vineyard ecosystems’ rather than viewing them as industrial farms. The philosophy of winemaking is that organic and biodynamic grapes, grown in harmony with the ecosystem, is the starting point for authentic, expressive, terroir driven wines. The portfolio of Summerhill wines has earned Summerhill the title of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ from the IWSC in London, England (2009).
Summerhill has also been at the forefront of sparkling wine production in the Okanagan. The winery was founded with the production of Cipes Brut, a traditional method cuvee based on Riesling and Chardonnay, and has gone on to garner international acclaim for sparkling wines, including a gold medal from France (Chardonnay du Monde, 2000) and a trophy from England (IWSC, 2010), both for the estate grown Cipes Gabriel Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine.
The winery is also home to the Sunset Organic Bistro, featuring seasonal Okanagan wine paired cuisine in a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. Executive Chef Jesse Croy draws from the bounty of regional organic farmers, including an onsite half-acre biodynamic vegetable patch.