Have you heard of Okanagan’s Stoneboat Vineyards? They have been farming in the Okanagan for many years, but a few years ago they decided to open a winery. I was lucky to taste their first wines when they opened their tasting room. What peaked my interest the most is that they produced a wine made from the Pinotage grape. This is quite a rare grape in the Okanagan. It comes from South Africa, where it was created in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsault grapes. Pinotage can be a full bodied red wine with spicy, black and red berry flavours followed with a hint of banana. Pinotage may also have a bouquet of soft strawberry fruits. Pinotage can be a full bodied red wine with spicy, black and red berry flavours followed with a hint of banana. Pinotage may also have a bouquet of soft strawberry fruits. Pinotage is a versatile wine, which can be paired with bbq’d meats, East Indian curries, and spicy Asian food. I enjoyed Stoneboat’s Pinotage then, and I still look for it.
You can hopefully try this wine, along with the other wines that Stoneboat Vineyards produces when you attend Salt Tasting Room in Gastown, on Tuesday June 26. Below is the information that I received about this event. Enjoy!
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – On Tuesday, June 26 2012, new releases from Stoneboat Vineyards will be in the spotlight at the Salt Tasting Room. The wines will be paired with gourmet delights such as artisanal cheeses and local charcuterie. Tim and Jay Martiniuk, two members of the family that owns and operates Stoneboat Vineyards, will attend the event and share their insights into the new vintages.
Brothers Tim and Jay exemplify the hands-on approach of the Martiniuk family, which has been a pioneer in BC’s winemaking industry since the 1980s. Jay is an experienced winemaker who served as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose and now designs and orchestrates the winemaking programs at Stoneboat. He recently completed a degree in Food Sciences at UBC, where he studied wine chemistry & fermentations at the Wine Research Centre. Jay’s twin brother Tim is known the resident jack-of-all-trades at the family winery, overseeing marketing and wine shop operations.
The June event is part of Salt’s “Salt Cellar Series” of tasting events, and promises to show the new Stoneboat Vineyards wines to their best advantage, paired with a variety of savoury tidbits. To purchase tickets please visit www.salttastingroom.com.
Stoneboat Vineyards at the Salt Tasting Room, 7:00PM
$40 exclusive of tax and gratuities
Salt Tasting Room
45 Blood Alley, Gastown, Vancouver
P – 604-633-1912
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About Stoneboat Vineyards: Stoneboat Vineyards is an artisan winery in Oliver, BC, owned and operated by two generations of the Martiniuk family. For nearly 30 years we have farmed on the South Okanagan’s Lower Black Sage Bench, where our vines thrive atop hundreds of feet of calcareous stones. The bench’s uniquely rocky soils, warm days, and cool nights create perfect conditions for growing Pinot varietals of honest character and complexity. Our winemaking approach is inspired by our farming philosophy, valuing integrity, minimal intervention, and hard work to create wines that are true to their origins in our vineyards.