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Dunham and Froese 2007 Amicitia $28

dunham and froese2Dunham and Froese is a collaboration between Gene & Shelly Cover and Kirby & Crystal Froese.  The winery follows organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard and winery.  Located on the 700 acre Covert Farm next to the McIntyre Bluff rock face eight kms north Oliver, the winery will open its wine shop on July 9th for the 2009 season.  Visit from Thursday to Monday from 11-5 pm.

From the winery, “This fall we are harvesting from grapes grown with Organic and Biodynamic practices from Gene and Shelly’s property on Covert Farms. We currently have 15 acres planted along the ridge in the south east corner of the property.  Planted are Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernat Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec. And our whites are Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Pinot Blanc and in the spring of 2009 we will add  Roussanne.”

Wine Maker, Kirby Froese has crafted the 2007 Amicitia Red as a big red with lots of potential for aging.  It’s a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot and was aged in oak for 18 months.  Big ripe berry and spice aroma, with spice, currants, plum, tobacco and mocha on the palate.  Good tannins can be tamed with a bit of decanting.  Lay down for five years if you have the patience.

Elephant Island In The Middle Of Gastown!

Salt Tasting Room is excited to present an upcoming event with BC’s own Elephant Islasaltnd Orchard Wines in their Salt Cellar on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00p.m.  Located in the highly prized growing region of the Naramata Bench, Elephant Island’s dynamic range of wines have changed many people’s perception of how good fruit wine can be; they are all well balanced and accurately represent the fruit they are crafted from. Some favourites of theirs include the beautiful Crab Apple wine, a rich and succulent Port made from Stella Cherries, lovely crafted bubbles, and expressive wines made from pears, black currents, cherries and apricots.

Elephant Island’s owners, Del and Miranda, will be on hand to share stories and guide everyone through a tasting of 6 wines paired up with tasting plates of locally produced charcuterie and artisan cheeses from around the world.

Don’t miss a great tasting with a winery Wine Spectator has recommended as a “Must Taste”!

This event will take place along the backdrop of Salt Cellar’s 1000–bottle wine cooler, in an intimate setting that will include dozens of hand-crafted charcuterie from local producers such as J, N & Z Deli, Moccia’s, and Oyama Sausage Company, along with artisan cheeses from Neal’s Yard (UK), Italy, Spain, and British Columbia.

Tickets are only $50, which includes all food, wines, taxes and gratuity.

Visit to buy tickets or give Salt a shout at 604-633-1912!

Hidden down a cobbled alley in historic Gastown, Salt Tasting Room is a dynamic wine and charcuterie room with exposed brick walls and a long share table. Open daily from noon to midnight, guests choose items from a chalkboard menu featuring the most diverse selection of local charcuterie, cured meats and global artisan cheeses in the city, along with an extensive selection of wine (by the glass, bottle or flight) and more than 20 varieties of Sherry.  Let Salt’s savvy, casual & charismatic staff guide you through Salt’s ever-changing menu of meat, cheese & wine!

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2004 Geyser Peak Winery Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #343467

Geyser Peak is the third oldest winery in California, founded in 1880 in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Today the region is known for Cabernet Sauvignon. This particular Cab has a whack of fruit on the nose and palate. Aromas of blackberry and cocoa. A flavourful wine with blackcherry, spice and vanilla flavours. Time in the bottle has softened the tannins. I am drinking this wine when we BBQ steaks and top with a red wine reduction and a sprinkling of blue cheese.

15th Okanagan Spring Wine Festival Marks the Official Arrival of Spring

Wine enthusiasts and weather forecasters agree that Spring is definitely arriving this weekend due to the launch of the 15th Okanagan Spring Wine Festival presented by Valley First Credit Union. With the prediction of sunny skies and temperatures in the low 20’s, the 92 member wineries of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society are expecting strong turnouts for the over 80 wine and food events during the 10 day Spring Wine Festival.
Daniel Bibby, General Manager, The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, stated today “The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort is ecstatic at being given the opportunity to showcase our resort hotel as the host of the very popular WestJet Wine Tastings on Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2. The demand is so strong that advance tickets sales are the highest they have been ever. With increased capacity that we can offer, we are expecting to see 700 -750 people both nights enjoying premium wines, music and an on-site wine store for all wineries which is a first for this event.” Ticket prices for the WestJet Wine Tastings are $55 available online through or by phone at 250-860-1470. Your ticket also includes a free taxi ride home courtesy of the BC Liquor Stores and Johnston Meier Insurance.

Terasen Gas Gourmet and Grapes Gala At Cabana Bar & Grille Near Sell Out!
Ned Bell, Executive Chef at Cabana Bar & Grille is pleased to announce that ticket sales are hot for the newest food and wine event in the Okanagan. “We are expecting a sell out crowd of 250 patrons this Sunday night May 3. If you have not purchased your ticket to the event that everyone will be talking about all summer, I encourage you to call Ticketmaster at 250-860-1470 or go online to I am looking forward to taking on celebrated Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth in an Iron Chef, Okanagan Throwdown black box challenge.” The Terasen Gas Gourmet and Grapes Gala will be held Sunday evening May 3 at the Cabana Bar & Grille starting at 6pm. Tickets are $79 and will feature the following culinary talents and wineries: Blasted Church Winery and the Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge; Laughing Stock Vineyards and Cabana Bar & Grille; Summerhill Sunset Bistro and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; Quails Gate Estate Winery and Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant; Tantalus Vineyards and the Dairy Farmers of Canada; Ex Nihilo Winery and the Hotel Eldorado Dining Room.
For more information on the 15th Okanagan Spring Wine Festival presented by Valley First Credit Union, visit or from your mobile device at or call 250-861-6654. Complimentary events guides are available at wineries, chambers of commerce, Valley First Credit Union branches, Tourism BC Visitor Information Centres or BC Liquor Stores in the Okanagan.

Okanagan Wine Festivals

Granville Island Brockton IPA

bot-local-brocktonBrockton IPA celebrates the brewery’s 25th Anniversary.  This Pacific Northwest India Pale ale is refreshing, fruity with some mild bitterness and definite hoppiness.  Great for sipping poolside.  Get it in the mixed 12 pack and compare to Granville Island’s other bottles and celebrate Stanley Park.


BIO – Vern Lambourne

Granville Island Brewing’s Brewmaster Vern Lambourne has a knack for brewing quality beer with recognizable passion in every batch he brews.

Since joining the Granville Island team in 2001, Vern has staked his claim with innovations that have added to the already-vast selection of quality products. His flare and energy have been behind some of Granville Island Brewing’s award-winning brews, such as Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale and Robson Street Hefeweizen.

Born in Nanaimo, BC, Vern graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Victoria. After University, Vern jetted off to merry old England where a pint is the easiest drink to find. His British brewing education crafted a true appreciation for different styles of beer.

After brewing at the Orange Brewery in London, England, Vern moved back to BC to continue his passion working with various brewpubs in Metro Vancouver. Vern eventually found the gig he was born to do, Brewmaster, of Granville Island Brewing.

Vern Lambourne. It’s good to be here.

Le Vieux Pin 2008 Spring Releases

lvpsauvignonblancFinally! Spring has arrived. Bud break is upon us and the days are getting warmer all the time. Appetites are turning to lighter, brighter foods with wines to match. At Le Vieux Pin our spring releases aim to please. If you’ve been by the winery lately you’ve likely had a sneak preview of these fresh new wines. We couldn’t be more proud and we’re confident you’re going to find at least one that you’ll love. Remember that the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is just around the corner, this is your chance to get these wines before the crowds!

2008 “Vaïla” Pinot Noir Rosé $25

A favorite every year and always in demand, this pink gem is the perfect garden party wine. Made through the old Burgundian method of Saignée, this rosé is produced from free run juice and entirely steel tank aged. It is a fun, yet delicate wine absolutely made for summer. There are heaps of strawberries and pink grapefruit on the nose with underlying tones of watermelon and violets. The palate is dry, spicy, strawberry sorbet and some savory cardamom notes. We produced 509 cases from the 2008 vintage and orders are rolling in so if you already love this wine we recommend you act fast. If you haven’t tried it yet, where have you been? Get to the winery.

Food Pairing: Prosciutto, Cornish game or a poolside BBQ

2008 Gewurztraminer $25

With less than 20 cases produced last year, very few people got to try this wine. In order to share the love we’ve produced 318 cases of the 2008 vintage. We recommend getting here early if you want a chance to try it. The main ingredient is organically grown fruit from the Westbank region, which brings lightness and acidity to the wine. Then we added a small amount of fruit from Oliver to give it a little extra depth. The nose on this Gewurztraminer offers up lots of honeysuckle, orange zest, with hints of rose petal and lavender. There is crisp acidity up front that lends to light delicate citrus flavors of white grapefruit and lychee with a fresh, long finish. This wine is well structured and balanced.

Food Pairing: Endive salad or a fruit and cheese plate on a sunny Sunday brunch

2008 Sauvignon Blanc $35

We love it and we’re not afraid to say so. A staff favorite and a production of only 203 cases mean this wine will ‘disappear’ very quickly. This is without a doubt one of the most unique examples of this varietal available. The majority of fruit came from our Lumeno vineyard by Osoyoos Lake where the steep north facing slope allows for a cool microclimate in a warm macroclimate. With stringent canopy management and leaf removal the resulting fruit has tropical flavors while the cool nights allow for great natural acidity. The wine was partially fermented in oak using 36 month air-dried Billon French oak, with the rest in steel tank. The finished wine has big pineapple, passion fruit, citrus, and hints of lemon meringue pie on the nose with a mouth coating palate full of lemon, lime, vanilla spice and great acidity.

Food Pairing: Lobster, King crab legs (because you ought to be spending $30 a pound with this wine), more lobster and oysters. Preserved lemon risotto is also a favorite.

All these wines are sold in cases of 12 but but can be mixed and matched… If this is something you are interested in, you may order by contacting us at (604) 697-0988; emailing us at; downloading our order form or visiting us at

If you are simply looking for a bottle or two, stop by one of the many specialty wine shops around the province that carry our wines

For your convenience, we have listed two stores that carry our complete line up:
Viti Wine & Lagers

Sutton Place Wine Merchants

A Votre Santé!