May 24th, 2012
It’s our annual Okanagan hot sheet!
As if it weren’t enough that Church and State has built an architecturally spectacular tasting room (witness the glassed-in barrel room), it is soon to open a patio with an ice bar to keep you (and your glass of Cuvée) cool this summer. www.churchandstatewines.com
At Spirit Ridge, perched in the hills just above Lake Osoyoos, it’s not unusual to see people on their balconies for hours, gazing out at the stunning mountain, lake and vineyard views. Even better with glass of N’Kmip Pinot Noir in hand. Oh, is it only 10 a.m.? www.spiritridge.ca
The new Mica restaurant at Spirit Ridge brought in a stellar team to create “wine country comfort food” using high quality local ingredients: a round of Butcher’s Burgers on the patio sounds good to us. www.spiritridge.ca
The family-owned organic Covert Farms has just launched a new wine label featuring the dramatic McIntire Bluff and the Nighthawk – both features of the bucolic property. With an on-site casual restaurant with patio, organic fruit and veggies, plus kids activities and organic farming camps, it’s the perfect answer to wine tasting with wee ones. www.covertfarms.ca
The remodeled Silvery Sage winery is a popular spot for weddings and it is easy to see why: beautiful landscaping, rose-lined walkways, and weeping willows. We do! www.silversagewinery.com —Sarah Bancroft
For more highlights from our 48 hours in Oliver/Osoyoos Wine Country, visit our Editors' Diary.
January 16th, 2009
Cleanse-smeanse. We’re back on the bottle with tasty vino from the vineyard formerly known as Golden Mile Cellars.
Now Road 13, the new name comes with a fresh new look and a praise-worthy Varietal Series. On the white side of their wine portfolio, we favour the 2007 Riesling ($18.99) for its crisp, fruity flavour and apricot aroma. And on the red, there are two winners. One for drinking now, the 2007 Pinot Noir ($22.99) which is surprisingly light, yet rich with flavour, and one to cellar for later, the 2006 Merlot ($23.99) full of mellow complexity.
This is the kind of road we don’t mind going down.
Available at www.road13vineyards.com and select wine stores.