Road 13 Vineyards Celebrate Awards, Christmas, and Ned Bell

Road 13 Vineyards has been having a great season, winning awards, preparing their Advent Wine Calendar, and pairing their wines with Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook.  Below is the latest news about these items directly from Road 13 Vineyards.  Enjoy!


 Road 13 Vineyards saw another busy summer season of wine-loving tourists and locals through their Golden Mile Bench tasting room. With a number of wines in the portfolio currently sold out and a bounty of awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards and Wine Align National Wine Awards – it’s safe to say the Oliver based vineyard has had a successful few months.
Road 13 Vineyards collects a bounty of wine awards at the British Columbia Wine Awards at the Okanagan Wine Festivals:
Gold – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Marsanne
Silver – Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Gamay Noir
Road 13 Vineyards 2014 Jackpot Petit Verdot
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Seventy-Four K
Road 13 Vineyards 2013 Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Bronze – Road 13 Vineyards 2012 Fifth Element
Road 13 Vineyards 2015 Roussanne 2016 VRM White Blend
These awards come hot on the heels of  Wine Align’s National Wine Awards of Canada 2017 which awarded Road 13 Vineyards as the Best Winery in BC and #4 in Canada – Road 13 has been named Top 10 Winery nine years in a row. Thirteen medals were awarded in the categories of Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Notes from the Harvest:

The vintage started out cool and wet, but quickly changed to hot and dry. These conditions produced tiny berries which result in concentrated fruit flavours and a low yield. The smoke from the forest fires this past summer helped to keep temperatures below 35 degrees Celsius allowing the vines to keep ripening grapes, rather than shutting down to conserve energy. The quality of the grapes coming in from the harvest has been excellent and it is looking like another great vintage.
Holiday Gifting:

Wine Advent Calendar 

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the wine lover on your list. Countdown the 12 days of Christmas with Road 13. The winery has a limited number of wine advent calendars available as of November 20th for $335 plus tax. Packaged in mid-summer to ensure a great selection of bottles, the wine calendar includes 12 bottles with many long sold out.  For an added surprised, there are three different.

*Additional shipping cost of $20 beyond BC and AB
The Platinum Pack
For a gift that sparkles, Road 13 is releasing its first ever Platinum six-pack. This is a wonderful gift for the wine collection and is a tribute to the winery’s platinum ranked, award-winning library wines. The Platinum Pack includes one bottle of each of the following and a collectors wooden box: 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, 2011 Syrah Malbec, 2013 Syrah Malbec, 2013 GSM, 2014 Syrah Mourvedre, and 2014 Similikameen Collective GSM. These wines are only available in the Platinum Pack and Road 13 is the only winery to have won enough consecutive Platinum Medals to offer this limited edition collector’s item. The Platinum Pack is available for order starting November 20th for $599 plus tax, shipping is included in BC & Alberta; $20 flat fee to the rest of Canada.
Contact the winery directly to order the advent calendar and Platinum Pack starting November 20th at 1.250.498.8330. Images can be found here
For a gift that keeps on giving, loyal Road 13 Vineyard enthusiasts are invited to join Club 13 – a wine club that sees three shipments of six bottles per year (March, July and November). Wine loving members enjoy extra perks of a 10 percent discount on all wine purchases, events and logo’d merchandise, free shipping on full case orders, complimentary tours with a member of the Luckhurst family, free tastings for up to four people in the Castle tasting room, exclusive access to limited release wines, advanced notice and access to all wines. Click here to join today!
Upcoming Events at Road 13 Vineyards:

Winter in Wine Country – November 24 -26 | 11am – 4pm

Join Road 13 during the Oliver – Osoyoos Tourism Association’s Winter in Wine Country Festival. Events include the annual Oliver community light up and fireworks, plus festival of trees. Visitors to Road 13 will enjoy holiday specials on merchandise – perfect for stocking stuffers, complimentary wine tastings, and a selection of library wines available for sale.

Class in a Glass: paint pARTy – Saturday, November 25 | 1pm to 4pm 

Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a afternoon of painting featuring one of her original art pieces. Tickets to this popular class include all materials, a glass of wine and an apron. This event is a regular sell-out so buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Road 13 Vineyards Wine Paring Recipe from Ned Bell’s Lure Cookbook 

With the busy holiday season around the corner – Ned Bell’s roasted scallop recipe from his recently launched Lure Cookbook wows guests and is a party favourite every time. Pair with the award-winning Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Honest John’s White. Aromas of green apple, pears and lime whisks you away from winter outside to a tropical locale – if only for a bite or two. Try it at home.
Roasted Scallops with Grapefruit, Brown Butter and Thyme
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme or rosemary
1 grapefruit
12 Weathervane scallops
sea salt and pepper
1 bunch watercress, stems removed
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add thyme. Allow butter to gently simmer for 5 minutes or until milk solids turn golden brown and fall to the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, cut and peel the grapefruit. Working over a bowl, cut between the membranes to remove the segments and let them fall into the bowl. Squeeze the membranes over the bowl to extract all the juice before discarding.
If the abductor muscle (a little flap) is still on the side of the scallops, remove it. Heat skillet over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 2 tbsp of the brown butter. Pat the scallops dry and add to the pan, making sure not to crowd them. Allow to sear undisturbed for 2 minutes or until browned. Season with salt and pepper, flip the scallops and add remaining brown butter. Add 2 tbsp of grapefruit juice. Allow scallops to sear for an additional 2 minutes, basting them with liquid in the pan.
Divide the watercress among four plates. Set the scallops on top and garnish with grapefruit segments. Drizzle with the pan sauce and sprinkle with sea salt.
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About Road 13 Vineyards:
Road 13 Vineyards is a family affair, owned and operated by the passionate Luckhurst family. Located in Canada’s only desert on the Okanagan Valley’s sun baked Golden Mile Bench, a unique sub-region that lies south of Oliver on an east-facing bench backed by gentle mountains.
The winery credits their successes to the unique soil and growing conditions found in the vineyards that allows grapes to thrive. Road 13’s motto – it’s all about the dirt– reflects this tribute. The winery receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red, rosé and sparkling varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. In 2017, Road 13 Vineyards took fourth place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past nine years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic while enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver-Osoyoos Wine Country.

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Celebrate the Grape Outdoors with Tinhorn Creek

Tinhorn Creek ampitheatre

Tinhorn Creek ampitheatre

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is celebrating the great outdoors this summer by pairing up their world-class wine with great food and music in celebration of the sunshine!

July 11 – Miradoro’s award-winning Chef Jeff Van Geest will team up with Covert Farms’ Chef Derek Uhlemann for a ‘Farm Field’ dinner celebrating delicious organic strawberries. The chefs will create a multi-course culinary tribute to the fruit and pair with pretty-in-pink rosé

July 13 & August 9 – Relax under the stars with Classic Movie nights!

Miradoro will be serving special themed menus for dinner and during the movie they will have a concession with popcorn, gelato and other treats.

July 27 & August 24 – The much-anticipated Canadian Concert Series is back! The Matinee bring their talents to the amphitheatre on July 27 and Five Alarm Funk will get you dancing in the vineyard on August 24.

August 3 – Miradoro will be taking part in Food Day Canada, along with 250 other restaurants across the country to celebrate the fresh abundance of Canadian produce. To book call Miradoro on 250-498-3742 and for more information about Food Day Canada please

September 27 – Miradoro will be hosting one of the highly-regarded Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences with Gold Medal Plates Chefs Marc St. Jacques and Marc Lepine. The Marc & Marc Dinner will be a celebration of Canadian culinary talent, exclusively for Visa Infinite cardholders.

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Holding Court at Church and State Wines

It has been long overdue.  A trip to Vancouver Island, and to visit some Island wineries.  I have enjoyed wines from Church & State for the past few years, but have never been to their winery in the Brentwood Bay area of Vancouver Island. They also have a winery in the Oliver area.  At Brentwood Bay they grow the wine grapes to produce their sparkling wines and some white wines, while the red wines and some white wines are produced at the Oliver area winery.

I’ve written about their Chardonnay in the past and was lucky to try a sample at this tasting as well. Their Chardonnay 2008 has won Double Gold at both the San Francisco International Wine Festival 2010 and the All Canadian Wine Championships 2010, and a Silver at the Challenge International de Vin in France. This wine comes from 2 vineyards in Oliver. It is medium lemon in colour.  Nice nutmeg and lemon aromas.  Round mouth feel with medium body and softness on the palate.  Low acidity.  Very elegant.

The Pinot Gris 2009 comes from Estate grapes at Brentwood Bay. Pale lemon in colour.  Oak, lemon and peach on the nose. Peachy, sweet spice and almond flavours. Medium length. Nice.

Their Pinot Noir 2007 – Hollenbach comes from Skaha Lake grapes in the Okanagan. This is another Gold medal winner from the Canadian Wine awards 2009 and the Okanagan Fall Festival 2010, and several other awards. Light raspberry and tarry aromas. Light body with tea leaves, strawberries and cinnamon flavours.  Soft in the mouth with a dry long finish. Very nice.

The Merlot 2009 is medium garnet in colour. Light cherry, oak, and spicy aromas. Medium body with lots of plummy and black cherry flavours.  A bit of flowers and spice on the finish. Medium acidity and tannins.

The Meritage 2006 is a blend of three Bordeaux varietals – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Deeper garnet in colour.  A very wild nose!  Animal and overripe black fruit. Meaty, animal and black cherry flavours with medium tannins.  A very masculine wine.  Have a big slab of roast beef with this wine.

Their Quintessential 2007 Bordeaux blend is coming out this week.  Drop by their Brentwood Bay winery for a taste for Mothers Day, or check your local wine shop for the arrival of this wine.  It has wine a Gold medal at the Challenge International de Vin in France.  Enjoy!

South Okanagan wineries to aid in Oliver area slide relief

With the slide in the Oliver area last month, the South Okanagan Winery Association is pulling together to help those affected. Below is a press release that they sent to me. If you are going to be in the area, please drop in and participate in the event.


July 7, 2010

In Short:

This June a mudslide tore through the Southern Okanagan Valley, destroying the homes and livelihoods of many of our neighbours. In answer to the disaster, The South Okanagan Winery Association is proud to announce its participation in the Mudslide Crisis Relief Committee’s fundraiser during Oliver Township’s “Sunshine Days” on July 17. We invite everyone to come down to the Oliver Community Centre around noon to enjoy the festivities, including: A beer (and cider!) tent, water slides, live music, and a once-in-a-lifetime raffle for some of the best wines the Southern Okanagan has to offer. Come for the fun and stay to watch the wineries beat the pants off of anyone who dares to accept their Tug-O-War challenge! Think you got what it takes? Sign up at Oliver Parks and Rec.

More Information:

The Mudslide that wreaked havoc on Southern Okanagan homes earlier this year left many lives in disarray. In response, the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos have come together to create the Mudslide Crisis Relief Committee to raise money for mudslide victims. The first major event is during the Sunshine Days festival in Oliver.

Saturday, July 17, join The Wineries of the Southern Okanagan at the Oliver Community Centre at 12:00pm where we will be part of a beer garden on the tennis courts. Cider, beer and food will be available with all proceeds going to the Mudslide Crisis Relief Fund. Other organised activities include: kids water slides, live music and a raffle for wine donated by wineries around the Southern Okanagan.

But what kind of mudslide charity would it be without a mud Tug-O-War? Road 13 has partnered with Stoneboat Vineyards and has challenged any local winery to dare face them and their mighty team of vineyard grunts; a call that has been answered by the powerhouses at Tinhorn Creek and others. The rules are simple: 10 person teams amalgamated from smaller wineries, or in-house from larger companies, going head-to-head over a pit of mud. $10 per person or $100 per team with all funds going to charity. Teams can register by picking up a form at Oliver Parks and Rec before July 15.

About South Okanagan Winery Association (SOWA)

The wineries of SOWA formed their association based on a unified vision of promoting the unique emerging identity of the region south of McIntyre Bluff. For all of them, this terroir is the source of the premium wine growing region in Canada.

The area is geographically bounded and sculpted by two north-south mountain ranges and hallmarked in the northern extremity by the dramatic cliffs of McIntyre Bluff. These wineries and vineyards express the namesakes of the land: the sage, the creeks, lakes, the historic and aboriginal influences, all decidedly regional.

You are invited to enjoy the unique experience that each winery of the South Okanagan Association offers, from the welcoming wine shops to patios restaurants and unique accommodations. Stretching from the landmark McIntyre Bluff to the Osoyoos border, the land is unparalleled in scenic adventure and award winning wines.

The South Okanagan Winery Association is rooted in a passionate and unified vision of nurturing our unique and emerging identity; our pride in our craft; our characters; and our terroir.

SOWA Members

-Burrowing Owl -Jackson-Triggs

-Cassini Cellars -Nk’Mip Cellars

-Desert Hills -Oliver Twist

-Dunham & Froese -Quinta Ferreira

-Fairview Cellars -Road 13

-Gehringer Brothers -Rustico

-Golden Beaver -Silver Sage

-Hester Creek -Stoneboat

-Inniskillin -Tinhorn Creek

Winemaker’s Dinner with Le Vieux Pin

I don’t normally post on my blog about an upcoming Winemaker’s Dinner, but today I make an exception. I’ve sampled some of Le Vieux Pin’s wines from previous tastings, and I think that they are exceptional. I heard about their upcoming dinner, which will be held on Thursday, May 20, so I wanted to share the info with you, to give you a chance to sample their wines, paired expertly with food from Executive Chef Wayne Harris at the Shangri-La Hotel here in Vancouver.

Here is a copy of the invitation to attend this event:

Thursday, May 20th at 7pm in MARKET by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Amuse Bouche followed by a four course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Wayne Harris and paired with Le Vieux Pin’s current releases.

Le Vieux Pin will be bringing a barrel from their winery in Oliver to showcase a future release.

A majestic old pine tree stands in our vineyard: Le Vieux Pin. It speaks to the earth and rain and the clean clear air of the South Okanagan. There we have created a winery inspired by the architecture and style of France.

Our goal is to make wines that capture the essence of the French tradition; but with the fruit and character of the New World: elegant and focused, with great intensity of fruit. Low-input viticulture is the method we use to get there. Sustainable and organic practices, deficit irrigation, high-density planting and extremely low yields will allow the vines to show us who they really are deep down to the roots. The pine tree stands alone.

Seating is limited $95.00/seat
Please make your reservation with our Hostess Team


Hester Creek wine tasting

Last evening I was selected with a few other bloggers to sit down with Rob Summers, the wine maker from Hester Creek Estate Winery, in downtown Vancouver. Rob comes originally from the Niagara region in Ontario working for larger wineries, and has moved to the Oliver area in BC in 2006, to work for the boutique winery, Hester Creek. It sounds like he really enjoys all the hands-on work and the wonderfully dry Okanagan climate. Hester Creek is one of the oldest wineries in BC.

Hester Creek Estate winery, besides having 95 acres of vineyards for producing wine, also has 6 villas for visitors. I’d say one of the most famous visitors from last year staying at a villa, is the renowned wine writer, Jancis Robinson. The villas and new winery buildings opened up last year, so if you have seen the winery from August 2009 or older, you haven’t seen their latest and greatest operation.

We went through 3 white and 3 red wines. The first white was the Pinot Blanc 2008. This is Hester Creek’s best selling white, along with their Pinot Gris. The Pinot Blanc was pale lemon colour with a slight green tinge. Light aromas on the nose. Some spice, some apple, some honey. Light in body with a light apple flavour and medium acidity. An easy sipper. The next white was their Semillon Chardonnay 2008. This is a 50/50 blend. This wine had some lemon, some sweetness, some waxiness and greenness on the nose. Medium body with slight roundness in the mouth. Apple and lemon flavours. The final white of the evening was their Trebbiano 2008. Trebbiano is the second most planted grape in the world, and is used in the production of cognac. It is known for it’s high level of acidity. This one had light green apple and floweriness on the nose. Light body, with almond and apple flavours, and good acidity. The acidity made it a nice pairing with some of the hard cheeses they had for us to nibble with the wines.

On the red side, we tried their Merlot 2008, Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot 2008, and the Reserve Cabernet Franc 2006. The first two wines were not overly extracted in colour, giving them lightness in body. The Merlot 2008 had a very wild nose, with sausage, smoke, plum and cherries. I quite enjoyed nosing this wine. On the palate it had medium tannins, with plum and cherry flavours and a slightly oaky finish. The Cabernet / Merlot 2008 is their best selling red. This wine is light garnet in colour, not an overpowering nose. Red fruits with a bit of sausage aromas. On the palate there were cherry flavours with light tannins. The final red wine of the night, and my favourite, was the Reserve Cabernet Franc 2006. Cabernet Franc doesn’t get the limelight that Cabernet Sauvignon gets, but if it is made well, is an exceptionally nice wine to drink. This wine being reserve level was deeper garnet in colour. Vanilla and cedar on the nose. Firm tannins, with a round mouthfeel. Red cherry flavours, with medium length and cherry finish.

Again, thanks to Rob Summers for leading us through this tasting. If you are out in the Okanagan, drive down to the “Golden Mile” in Oliver and visit the Hester Creek winery. I did record the tasting, and will be posting it on hopefully soon. Enjoy!