First Annual Art and Wine in the Vines

On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines.  Here is the press release for this interesting event.  Enjoy!

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Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity WinesNoble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.

Open to guests of all ages, Art & Wine in the Vines

features a colourful roster of events intended to connect people with artists, vintners and culinary purveyors from the Okanagan Valley. The art walk event allows attendees to wander freely between the adjoining Liquidity Wines and Noble Ridge Winery vineyards and participate in festivities occurring at both sites; alternatively, guests can hop aboard a shuttle connecting the vineyards (the shuttle will run at regular intervals throughout the weekend). Along the art walk path, artists will demonstrate plein air painting and lead interactive tutorials (11am to 4pm; times vary by artist) while wine-tasting stations will keep guests refreshed. Tickets cost $15, and include art walk admission as well as wine tastings, a commemorative glass and shuttle access. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liquidity website.
Vancouver based sculptor Marie Khouri will be presenting an exclusive lecture on Saturday the 15. During the lecture, Khouri will share insight into her process, artistic practice and personal history, including the influence of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots. Though at this time the event is fully booked, art aficionados are encouraged to include their names on a wait list by calling 778-515-5500, ext 2, or emailing info@liquiditywines.com.

Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at  Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.

BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard Event April 21

Come out to the BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard wine tasting on Thursday April 21 and experience more BC wine.  There are so many BC wineries around now.  I am in particular VERY interested to try their Riesling and Pinot Noir, as I did a BC Riesling Review last year, and this year I am now starting my BC Pinot Noir Review. Here is the tasting announcement from the BCWAS.

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Join us for a fun tasting with Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation Vineyard!

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        Photo credit 8th Generation.

When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!

Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.

After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in OK Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!

8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two frizzante-style bubblies and their flagship Riesling.

Stefanie and Bernd with the 9th generation.                  Photo credit www.spiegel.de.

Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything! 

Wines being poured include:

·         2015 Integrity frizzante

·         2014 Confidence frizzante

·         2014 Chardonnay

·         2015 Riesling Classic

·         2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Championship)

·         2013 Riesling Selection

·         2015 Riesling Selection tank sample

·         2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé

·         2012 Pinot Noir

·         2014 Cabernet/Merlot

·         2013 Syrah

·         2015 RedOne

 

And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.

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The beautiful new tasting room at the winery..             Photo credit: 8th Generation

Date:  Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Price:  Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up: http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news/join-us-for-a-fun-tasting-with-stefanie-schales-of-8th-generation-vineyard

Directions:

Transit:  It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.

As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until the end of March 2017. Only $40 for a whole year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at events@bcwas.com.

Please note: There are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home. Take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

BC Wine Appreciation Society 10th Anniversary Gala – Get Your Tickets

Do you love BC wine, or want to try BC wine?  Here is a great chance at the 10th Anniversary Gala of the BC Wine Appreciation Society.   Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!

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BC Wine Appreciation Society logo10th Anniversary Gala-Over 45 Wineries – April 16/15

Arts Club Theatre Company presents CHEFMEETSBCGRAPE!

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ChefmeetsBCGrape

If you have never attended the ChefmeetsBCGrape, now is your time to attend, to taste BC wine, taste fantastic food by our chefs, and help the Art’s Club Theatre Company!  Check out the announcement below. And buy your tickets!  There are multiple events.

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Vancouver, BC—The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series returns this September with three entertaining evenings that will feature fine BC wines and delectable cuisine pairings as well as incredible access to world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs.

These events will be social, lively, and informative, and offer the perfect opportunity to showcase both the flourishing wine industry and innovative fine dining establishments in the province. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.

The series opens with the ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, which will feature an extensive selection of BC’s award-winning wines perfectly paired with dishes created by top BC chefs. The events continue with two more intimate evenings: the Uncorked Kitchen Party, a new event dedicated to the prolific Oliver and Osoyoos wine region followed by the decadent Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. This final event will showcase reserve labels from the flagship Okanagan winery, accompanied by a menu of classic French-inspired cuisine.

DETAILED EVENT + TICKETING INFORMATION:

  • Presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia
    Wednesday, September 17, 7–9:30 PM
    : Chefmeets
    BCGrape Signature Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $85 (Groups of 8 or more: $80 per ticket)
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Guests will have the chance to discover lesser known BC VQA wines, taste old favourites, and talk one-on-one with skilled winemakers. More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring in excess of 350 wines. In addition, chefs from 15 restaurants will put out their finest culinary creations in the hopes of winning the Best Plate Pairing and Best Overall Dish awards. A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages as well as wine lots.
  • Presented in association with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country
    Thursday, September 18, 7–10PM
    : Uncorked Kitchen Party
    Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
    Tickets: $95
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Part-tasting, part-interactive cooking demonstration, this evening will centre around three top chefs, all based in the South Okanagan, preparing elegant tasting plates. Each dish will be expertly paired with exclusive wines, and 10 proprietors will be on-hand to explain more about the winemaking process. A pop-up tasting room will be stocked with labels from over 30 wineries.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 6–9 PM: Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner
    Bistro Pastis, 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    Tickets: $160 (with partial tax receipt)
    To purchase, contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248The Mission Hill Family Estate is famed for producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Featuring a four-course menu with wine pairings, the evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the winery, and include a chef’s demonstration by Bistro Pastis’ proprietor John Blakeley.
Haywire Baby Bub

The Arrival of Haywire Baby Bub!

BC Sparkling Rose wine = Summer Treat.  Enjoy it.  Please see the announcement that I received from Okanagan Crush Pad, then stock up!

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The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer.

Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier. “The Baby Bub is tasting fresh, fruity and fabulous”, noted Jordan, “and I am very happy with the results. We stayed consistent with the 2012 Pink Bub giving Baby Bub six grams of residual sugar. I love the texture as it has quite a bit of yeasty fullness. Although it is a new born, the bubbles are quite fine and you can see the direction the wine will take as it ages.”

The wine was made in the classic style using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. It was hand riddled and warm disgorged with a red wine dosage being added at final bottling. Like its bigger siblings, Baby Bub is closed with a crown cap ensuring that cork taint does not interfere with the wine.

This tiny bottle is a young, bright shade of pale rose and is packed full of raspberry, strawberry patch and lime zest character. Its singularly distinctive taste is gun flint which lends a smokey, stoney edge to the wine and keeps it in balance with its more berry salad side.

The first 100 cases of Baby Bub is being released this July long weekend at the winery and through the order desk exclusively. Priced at $13.90 and delivered in 12 – 375 ml bottle cases, sporting hot pink artwork, Baby Bub is sure to be a big hit this summer.

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

BC’s Iconic Bubble at Vancouver International Wine Festival

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

This year, 2014, Vancouver International Wine Festival’s “global focus” is Bubbly.   While there will of course be Champagne from France, Cava from Spain, and Prosecco from Italy, don’t forget about BC!  Here is some info sent to me, that I’m passing along to you about what/where to enjoy Blue Mountain’s wines.

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Make sure you don’t miss BC’s iconic sparkling wine producer, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars.

Winemaker Matt Mavety will be behind the table at the Festival tasting room, showcasing their signature sparkling and still wines:

  • Brut “Gold Label” NV
  • Brut Rosé 2009
  • Chardonnay 2012
  • Pinot Noir 2012

Matt will also be showcasing his wines at the following events:

  • All About Bubbly!
  • 25 Under $25.

About Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars

Founded in 1971, Blue Mountain can make the rare claim of 42 years of continuous grape production by one family. Today, on their 32-hectare estate, they make limited quantities of complex wines from noble varietals including Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay — the same varietals found in the Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. In the vineyard, methods favor low crop yields to concentrate and intensify flavours. While using modern equipment in the winery, wine making is respectful of traditional methods.

About Matt Mavety

Matt’s first serious work in the vineyard started at age 14 as a part-time job while in high school.

Hooked by the field, so to speak, Matt followed his father’s course, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of British Columbia. He majored in Agricultural Economics. Matt had the good fortune to study viticulture and oenology on a student exchange at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Upon graduation from university in 1997, he started working full-time with Blue Mountain.

A favored aspect of Matt’s work is the time spent in the vineyards, but he says it wouldn’t have as much meaning if it wasn’t part of “the complete package” – the full process of turning fruit to wine and capturing the season in its qualities. When he tastes a vintage, the memory of the particular season is recalled.

Buy Your Tickets

You need to buy tickets to the above events or Festival tasting room.  Here is the weblink for the Vancouver International Wine Festival events.  Enjoy!

Culmina Winery – Membership Has It’s Privileges

Culmina winery logoIf you are a member of the Culmina Winery club, you have access to privileges not available to the public.  Below is one such TIME LIMITED privilege.  If it’s tempting, join the club!

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We are very excited to release a limited number of Speciality format 2011 Hypothesis in 1.5, 3, & 6L sizes, available on a first-come, first-served basis – just in time for the Holidays!

All of our Speciality formats are packaged in custom wood pine boxes, with the 3 & 6L boxes additionally being uniquely finished, numbered, and signed by Vancouver-based artist and joiner, Chelsea Mackay, using the Japanese Udukuri wood-finishing technique for a highly collectible, one-of-a-kind addition to any oenophile’s cellar!  Each 6L bottle will also be individually autographed by Don, Elaine, and of course, Pascal.  For a sneak peak at Chelsea’s work, have a look at a few photos posted to our Facebook page

Pricing on the Speciality formats is as follows:

  • 1.5L –> $128 + $16 shipping (within BC, max 2 per order)
  • 3L –> $288 + $19 shipping (within BC, max 1 per order)
  • 6L –> $488 + $26 shipping (within BC, max 1 per order)

For all those who purchase any one or more of the above, we would also love to offer you an additional allocation of 2011 Hypothesis and 2011 Dilemma, as follows:

  • Holiday mixed 6-pack, 4 Hypothesis & 2 Dilemma –> $244.60 + $25 shipping (with purchase of one or more of 1.5, 3, &6L formats, max 2 per order)

Because these items are limited, orders must be placed no later than Monday, December 16th in order to arrive in time for the Holiday week.  Please make order requests as follows:

Celebrate New Years in the Okanagan with the BCWAS

BCWASThis arrived in my email box recently from the BC Wine Appreciation Society, and it sounds like a fun way to enjoy New Years without having to worry about where you are staying and also not needing to drive.  And it’s in the Okanagan!

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Escape to Wine Country for a four-day, three-night New Year’s Eve getaway at the fabulous Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos, with BC Wine Appreciation Society!

Why pay big bucks for a one-night New Year’s party in Vancouver, when you can visit Wine Country for a four-day celebration instead? Let us do the driving from Vancouver – all you have to do is have fun!

Included in this trip are:

  • 3 nights 4-star accommodation at Walnut Beach Resort, December 29, 30, and 31. Soak in the hot tubs, steam in the sauna, savour the view!  (Room upgrades available – see below for more information.)
  • New Year’s Eve, December 31: enjoy New Year’s Eve with wine, dinner & dancing at the fabulous Miradoro Restaurant, Tinhorn Creek
  • Wine touring December 30 (Oliver/Osoyoos) and December 31 (OK Falls)
  • 2nd annual Polar Bear Swim party at Walnut Beach. Dare to Polar Bear!
  • Luxury bus transportation from Vancouver, leaving Sunday December 29, returning Wednesday January 1 (bus can also stop in Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack if requested)

Optional events (with free transportation) include:

  • Dinner at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Sun Dec 29
  • Dinner at Watermark Hotel with Bill Eggert of Fairview Cellars Mon Dec 30
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach

(Optional events will incur an extra cost. See below for details.)

 Scroll down to see the full itinerary!

 Click here to see how much fun we had on this tour last year! http://www.bcwas.com/resources/BCWAS+Newsletter+-+Mar+2013.pdf
(see page 7)

Special Early Bird Pricing!!!
Sign up before November 15, and save $52 per couple! ($26 single)

BCWAS member price: (also includes participating wine clubs)

$449 per person, double occupancy ($475 after Nov. 15)
$599 per person, single occupancy  ($625 after Nov. 15)

Non-BCWAS member price:

$475 per person, double occupancy ($499 after Nov. 15)
$625 per person, single occupancy  ($649 after Nov. 15)

Join BCWAS and save! If you join BCWAS to come on this tour, we will extend your membership to March of 2015 – that’s 15 months of our fun events. Click here http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html to join.

Save even more! If you’d rather mail us a cheque instead of paying with PayPal, couples save $12 per person and singles save $17. Mail us your cheque, subtracting the PayPal charge. (No post-dated cheques accepted.)

Optional events: (events include all taxes and gratuities and free bus)

  • Terrafina Dinner Sunday Dec 29: $55 per person, including wine
  • Fairview Cellars/Watermark Dinner Monday Dec 30: $95 per person, including four specially-prepared courses and wine
  • New Year’s Day Brunch at Walnut Beach: $30 per person

Contact events@bcwas.com to reserve.

Prices include all taxes, gratuities and fees. No hidden surprises!

Please note: there are only 35 spaces available, and the notice is being sent to other people as well as BCWAS members, so sign up FAST if you want to come to the biggest party of the year!

Brian and Kristal have already signed up – what are you waiting for?

Click here to sign up  http://bcwas.com/NYEscapetoWineCountry.html

Room upgrades: 1-bedroom lake view add $34.50 per night (double occupancy)
2-bedroom lake view add $57.50 per night (double occupancy)
Room upgrades payable at check-in. Contact events@bcwas.com to upgrade.

Or: mail a cheque to:

BC Wine Appreciation Society
PO Box 48912
Bentall Station
Vancouver, BC,  V7X 1A8

Questions?   Email us at events@bcwas.com.  Hope to see you there!

BCWAS

BCWAS – Perseus Wine Tasting Tickets on Sale

Have you tried the wines from BC’s Perseus winery?  Top quality wine that I’ve had the pleasure of sampling several times.  Here is your chance to taste their wines at the BC Wine Appreciation Society tasting.  The BCWAS announcement is below.  Enjoy!

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Perseus Winery Tempus Syrah 2009Perseus Winery was named after the constellation of Perseus, which can be seen in the clear northern sky in the months after harvest.

”The goal of Perseus Winery is to produce approachable wines of character and distinction from some of British Columbia’s finest vineyards.”  Perseus believes in terroir – that sense of place which includes the soil type, the microclimate, the slope, and the actual location of the vineyard. Their winemaking philosophy is to handle the wine as little as possible, letting the grapes do the talking! Recent awards include a Gold, a Silver, and two Bronzes at the WineAlign National Awards of Canada – these wines are stars!

John Pullen, Director of Sales and Marketing for Perseus, will be coming out to talk to us, and he’s bringing a whole constellation of eleven of his wines – including two mini-verticals! John has almost a decade of BC wine experience, most recently at Church and State. He’s very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about BC wines, so he’ll fit right in with all of us!

The Wine Flight

The wines you will enjoy are:

  • 2011 Sauvignon Blanc – crisp and refreshing
  • 2011 Pinot Gris – lots of peachy characters
  • 2012 Viognier – look for hints of tropical fruits
  • 2011 Chardonnay – even you “ABC” types will like this one
  • 2011 Cabernet Franc – spicy and full-bodied
  • 2011 Malbec – rich and dark
  • 2010 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – big and bold
  • 2009, 2010 and 2011 Invictus – complex spicy/fruity Bordeaux blend

This will be our first tasting at our new venue, the Vancouver Masonic Centre. We look forward to seeing your familiar faces in our new location!

Where is the Tasting?

  • Where is the Masonic Centre?  1495 W 8th Ave, at Granville
  • How can I get there? Transit is very convenient! Bus routes 4, 7, 10, 16, and 50 stop along Granville, and routes 9 and 99 stop on Broadway. All stops are within one or two blocks.
  • What about parking?  Underground parking is available, and there is lots of street parking, too. Sorry, no free parking, but we will give you a free transit ticket to get you home!

Several of our tastings this year have sold out. Sign up quickly to make sure you don’t miss this one!

 When and How Much?

Date: Wednesday October 9, 2013

Time: 7:30 to 9:30

Place: the Vancouver Masonic Centre, 1495 West 8th Ave (just off Granville)

Members: only $45

Guests: $60

To sign up click on the link below.

http://www.bcwas.com/Perseus.html

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Watermark Launches Their Own Exclusive Label In Partnership With Orofino Vineyards

More and more hotels and restaurants seem to be pairing up with wineries here in BC to come up with their custom wine blend.  The latest is the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, BC, partnering with Orofino Vineyards.  Here is their press release.  Note there is both a red and a white wine you can try.  Enjoy.

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Watermark Beach Resort logoOSOYOOS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 14, 2013 – Watermark Beach Resort is situated perfectly in one of Canada’s finest wine producing regions. Sat on the edge of a glistening lake, with vineyards, farms and orchards surrounding them, the Watermark team has used their extensive knowledge of the area to develop two wines with local winemakers John and Virginia Weber of Orofino Vineyards. “Really Really Red”, a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and “Whet Wet White”, a Chardonnay, will be served at Watermark’s Wine & Tapas Bar where guests can enjoy the summer sun out on the extensive patio while sipping on this new, exclusive, limited release.

Orofino logoJohn Weber handcrafted the two wines with Watermark’s General Manager, Ingrid Jarrett, and their Wine Bar Manager, Simon Gillett. Their goal was to capture the hot summer days of the Similkameen Valley, and produce something that was exclusive to the property. Unlike Orofino’s infamous single varietal wines, Gillett and Jarrett chose a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot after they enjoyed a barrel tasting at the vineyard. The Really Really Red was aged for 18-months in French Oak, which is 6-months longer than is typical, and has hints of blackberry and cassis. It’s ideal for summer BBQs, or on a winter evening by the fire. For the white they decided on a Chardonnay, as that’s their best selling white varietal, although they did decide to give it a modern twist. The Whet Wet White has notes of tropical fruit and a subtle oak due to 50% of the grapes coming from a stainless steel cask rather than all of them being oaked.

“There are so many amazing wineries in the South Okanagan so we jumped on the opportunity to work with one of the very best. We wanted to produce a first class wine that would be reflective of our resort and offer our guests an exclusive experience,” said Ingrid Jarrett, General Manager at Watermark Beach Resort.

Ordering 100 cases in their first year, the Watermark team anticipates an early sell-out. The wine is exclusive to the resort and can be purchase by the glass or bottle at their restaurant, the Wine & Tapas Bar, or in the guest rooms – it also adds a touch of exclusivity to the drinking menu for events and weddings.

For more information or for reservations, call the Watermark Beach Resort at 1.888.755.3480 or visit www.watermarkbeachresort.com.