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Looking for something to ring in the New Year or celebrate once it’s begun? JT Entourage Grand Reserve Brut is a classy number worthy of your drinking dollars at just $22.95. It’s been aged for three years and has aromas of yeast, apple and pear. On the palate it is a creamy with some minerality, good body and a lengthy finish.
VQA Okanagan Valley

Best with oysters, crab and good friends!
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Great Estates of the Okanagan : Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa

Famously called “Napa of the North”, BC’s South Okanagan is best known for its glorious sunshine, colourful orchards and as Canada’s premier wine country. Book now at Osoyoos’ most luxurious destination resort Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa for a deluxe wine package, starting at $99 per room, per night.  The price includes complimentary wine tours and tasting ($55 value) at three of the region’s most well-known estate wineries.

Taste award winning wines at world-class vineyards – NK’MIP Cellars, Inniskillen-Okanagan and Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery in this self drive tour from your base at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa. Poised on a hill, overlooking Lake Osoyoos and surrounded by vines, Spirit Ridge offers well-appointed suites with fully equipped kitchens and sun-soaked balconies.

Explore the South Okanagan and learn about the history of the Osoyoos Indian Band and their wine craft during a tour of the First Nations-owned and operated NK’MIP Cellars winery; indulge in the world-renowned wines of Inniskillen-Okanagan as a knowledgeable guide leads guests through the Discovery Series tasting and a sampling of their famous ice wine; savour the acclaimed wines of Jackson Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery – the tasting will include delicious wines from the SunRock Vineyard Series.

Experience some of the best wines the Okanagan has to offer, then decompress and rejuvenate in your picturesque home-away-from-home at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort with onsite amenities including Sonora Desert Spa, outdoor pool and PassaTempo Restaurant.

Stay from September 5th to October 10th from $149 per room per night, October 11th to March 30th from $99 per room per night. Package is based on double occupancy and 2 nights minimum stay. All tour participants must be at least 19 years of age.

Okanagan wineries receive top marks at London’s celebrated International Wine and Spirit Competition

Once again, the Okanagan Valley is making its mark on the world stage. The International Wine and Spirit Competition trophy results have been announced and three of the thirteen ‘International Wine & Fortified Wine Trophies’ were awarded to local wineries!

Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna received the Trophy for ‘Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine’ for its Cipes Gabriel non-vintage. Winemaker Eric von Krosigk is excited about their global recognition, noting “this win shows that our sparkling wines can continue to compete with the best in the world. We’re proud of our wine’s consistent quality, and the recognition is great!”

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate in Oliver received two prestigious awards at the competition. Red Winemaker Brooke Blair was recognized as having the ‘Best Merlot’ for the 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Merlot and White Winemaker Derek Kontkanen earned top marks for ‘Best Dessert Wine’ for the 2007 Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine. Kontkanen noted that this award is not an individual tribute, “it is an extremely great honour to win this award. This shows the dedication of our entire team, from the vineyard through to the cellar.”

BC Wine Institute Executive Director, Miles Prodan is thrilled to see such outstanding results on the world stage. “The International Wine and Spirit Competition is the ultimate international recognition of quality. These awards are a true testament to the excellence of the Wines of British Columbia. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Overall, the Wines of British Columbia received over 70 medals at the influential competition. The winner of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ will be announced on at the awards banquet on November 17. Shortlisted wineries are:

  • Ganton & Larson Prospect Winery (BC)
  • Inniskillin Wines (ON)
  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners Niagara Estate (ON)
  • Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate (BC)
  • Magnotta Winery Corporation (ON)
  • Peller Estates (ON)

The trophy-winning wines are available at the wineries or at fine wine stores such as BC VQA wine stores throughout the province. For the complete list of awards, visit http://www.winebc.com/awards.php.

About the International Wine and Spirit Competition

Founded in 1969, the International Wine and Spirit Competition is recognized as the world’s premier competition of its kind. Receiving entries from over 80 countries, its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

Inniskillin Ice Wine paired with Chef Anna Olson at Ontario Pavilion

Feb. 22 and 23 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Celebrity chef Anna Olson, host of the hit Food Network television shows, ‘Sugar’ and ‘Fresh with Anna Olson’, seen in Canada as well as in 40 countries worldwide. Anna will be joined by chef and culinary instructor Michael Olson.

This culinary powerhouse couple will demonstrate their mantra, “What grows together goes together” during intimate prep time (for public demonstrations to take place Monday and Tuesday from 1:00pm – 2:30pm in the Ontario Pavilion paired to wines from Canada’s Inniskillin and Jackson-Triggs). Chefs Anna & Michael Olson will showcase the preparation of the following menu:

  • Caramelized Onion & Apple Tart With Fresh Goat Cheese
  • Dry Glazed Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Gastrique
  • Icewine Fruit & Cream Trifle

About Anna & Michael Olson

Celebrity chef Anna Olson is best known as the host of Food Network Canada’s Sugar and Fresh with Anna Olson. She has authored six cookbooks, two of which were written with her husband Michael, a well-noted chef and culinary instructor. While trained in the world of savoury cooking, Anna is equally recognized for her abilities in the pastry kitchen, and values cooking with locally-sourced ingredients. Based in Niagara, Ontario, Anna’s culinary philosophy is based on a common-sense approach of cooking and baking with the seasons as well as respecting the ingredients, the technique and the process of sharing with others through food

Jancis Robinson visits the Okanagan

News From our friend Leeann Clemens – PR rep for Vincor

jancisGood day! I am pleased to share a couple fast happy Okanagan wine country updates: In positive news, the fires are in check and crews are doing great work. At See Ya Later Ranch, all tasting fees are being donated to the SPCA and will assist in the fire aid. In other news, I am proud to share that Jancis Robinson, the world-renowned wine authority and Master of Wine, was able to make a short visit to the Okanagan Valley this week! Last night Jancis shared a dinner at a gazebo in Jackson-Triggs’ beautiful Sunrock vineyard with winemakers from Vincor, corralled by Christa-lee McWatters-Bond. In attendance was Sandor Mayer from Inniskillin, Mark Wendenburg from Sumac Ridge, Pascal Madevon and Alain Sutre from Osoyoos Larose, as well as Frank Hellwig and Troy Osborne who look after the vineyards. There was terrific food from Cellar Door Bistro chef Ryan Fuller and the event was pulled off in style by Sally Sharpe who oversees hospitality for the wineries. Also in attendance was one of Canada’s most influential wine critics, Anthony Gismondi, and in-demand industry consultant David Scholefield. It was a lovely evening and truly could not have been better – from wine selection, food, and weather – and a nice gentle breeze. So despite the haze of the forest fires, it was truly grand – in true Okanagan hospitality fashion. Jancis says she loved it. Last night Jancis stayed in the Golden Mile at the beautiful Villas at Hester Creek, where she met Hester Creek’s Robin and LeeAnn Openshaw and winemaker Rob Summers. Today she is tasting 80 wines from more than 45 BC wineries, in a tasting organized by Chriss Coletta and conducted by Anthony Gismondi and David Scholefield. We are just thrilled that she has been able to visit the Okanagan and cannot wait to hear what she thinks of the wines! Have a great day! Leeann

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Jackson Triggs Wine Tasting

jackson-triggs2Come join the BCWAS on June 24th for a chance to experience some of the best wines in the Okanagan, at a special tasting of Jackson-Triggs wines, led by their Red Winemaker, Brooke Blair.

About Brooke:
From South Australia, Brooke has her Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She has worked in Australia, Spain, and Chile as well as here in our Okanagan Valley. She was mentored through several vintages by the world-renowned winemaker, Bruce Nicholson, and was promoted to Winemaker, Red Wines in 2007. In her current role as a winemaker at Jackson-Triggs, Brooke manages all red wine production and also plays a role in the production of all premium wines crafted at the facility. Brooke says that “Winemaking is an important balance between science and art. By combining the two, I aim to make the finest quality wine possible.”

About Jackson-Triggs:
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate has been named Wine Access 2008 Canadian Wine Awards Winery of the Year for the fourth time since 2003 – an amazing accolade. Founded in 1993, Jackson-Triggs has enjoyed a reputation for producing some of the country’s leading premium VQA wines since its inception. With over 1000 acres planted to vinifera vines, Jackson-Triggs produces a large range of wines: delicious whites, a lovely rose, rich reds, and luscious icewines, including their famous sparkling icewine – something for everyone!

Wines provided for the tasting will include:

2008 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Proprietor’s Reserve Viognier
2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Gewürztraminer
2008 Proprietor’s Reserve Rose
2006 Grand Reserve Merlot
2006 Grand Reserve Cabernet Shiraz
2006 Grand Reserve Meritage
2005 SunRock Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 SunRock Shiraz
2007 Proprietor’s Reserve Riesling Icewine

Date: Wednesday June 24, 2009
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm
Place: Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Price: only $30 members, $45 guests

Come and enjoy some of Jackson-Triggs’ premium wines, from some of the best vineyards in the Okanagan. Do not miss out on this wonderful learning and tasting experience!

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