You’re Invited to an Exclusive Wine Pairing Dinner with The Prisoner Wine Co. and Wildebeest – Wednesday, October 2

Enjoy Chef Ian McHale’s deliciously decadent yet simple country cooking at its finest, brilliantly paired with the rich, mouth-filling wines of The Prisoner Wine Co, a pioneer of California’s most luxurious red blends, at this multi-course feast designed to celebrate the peak of autumn goodness. 

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam Hauck aka @Sam_WineTeacher

  2013 Stall Speed (Meritage) 40 Knots Comox, BC $25.90 Made from a blend of Naramata fruit – Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Garnet / black with deep intensity.  Dark fruit – raisins, prunes and fresh strawberries, earthy with a faint hint of watermelon.  Very good balance with smooth ripe tannins … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by Sam Hauck aka @Sam_WineTeacher

Curating Your Own Tasting Menu at the Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl

In fact I was so excited about the first course options I decided, even before we arrived, that it would be fun and a bit adventurous to start at the top and work all the way through the list, sharing the dishes, of course.

A look ahead at CheckMate’s 2019 Vintage + Last Chance Wines

A few of our favourite Chardonnays are fully allocated and the remaining bottles will be heading to our library. Before we hide them away, stock up on some of these great Chardonnays!

A curated tasting with Bench 1775 Winemaker Valeria Tait

Before we began our tasting we took some time to stroll the grounds and vineyards. The vines are amazingly close and it is interesting to take the opportunity to do a little exploring.

Visiting the Premium Lounge at Liquidity Winery in Okanagan Falls

On this afternoon the tasting was a prelude to our Tasting Menu dinner at the Liquidity Bistro. I highly recommend and suggest a lunch or dinner prior to or following your tasting to enhance your visit. Both the Vertical Tasting or the Reserve Tasting are a leisurely exercise that takes time to enjoy.

Take the Road less travelled to Nighthawk Vineyards

I first was introduced to the wines of Nighthawk, a member of the Okanagan Falls Wineries Association, at the 2018 spring release tasting. The Spring Release Tasting is  held in Vancouver annually in early spring and is a great way to taste the wines from this region.

Follow the Golden Mile to Road 13 Estate Vineyards

We had a terrific visit and Joe is the ultimate host, so knowledgeable and he made the experience really enjoyable. One of the best ways to enjoy the winery is as a Club 13 member. You can book a tasting in the Castle Tasting Room.

The Installation at CheckMate Turns Two! Celebrates with the Bear’s Move Chardonnay limited release

The unique, Pied de Cuve wine is Checkmate’s only unoaked expression of Chardonnay. A modern take on tradition, naturally fermented in ceramic Clayver vessels placed in the Dekleva Vineyard.