Okanagan Valley Wine


The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • Le Vieux Pin

    Our vineyard strategy is an acknowledgement of the Old World with a gust of New World History has...

  • Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

    Our winery is owned and operated by John and Maria Ferreira; both born in Portugal, immigrated to...

  • Black Hills Estate Winery

    Black Hills Estate Winery was established in 1996 and proudly presents wines that have been caref...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The roots of Gray Monk Estate Winery began in the family. For generations, the Heiss family worke...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Lucha, I think we'll be making those big ones sooner than later.  It ... (the southern limit of the Okanagan Valley and our wine region).  It's definitely hotter than ever here too in Victoria, but the ocean cools things down nicely in the evening. I envy you getting a chance to ride in Napa, but I've decided it'll be a healthy break for me!&nbs Read More

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  • Spierhead Pinot Noir Rose 2013


    Those who appreciate the soft flavours of Loire Valley Rose wines (against the more serious nature of Provence pink) will like this BC wine; there is wild honey and strawberry trifle on the nose with a soft strawberry on the palate - though quite muted. Can pair with light meats and appetizers or picnic fare and should be loved by all on its own... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cipes Rosé NV


    Lots of mousse here with a lovely Tavel-like deep pink tone to the wine; kiwi, strawberry and assorted refrigerated fruit greet the nose, and entry is soft, gentle and full of small bubbles. The flavour is also soft and delicate with fresh strawberry predominating. Effervescence continues for many minutes. Elegant and a great bargain. Better ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Silver Sage Winery Merlot 2005


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    Wine review by BlackMarlin

  • Quails' Gate Rose 2012


    If you liked your grandfather's rhubarb wine, this is the rose for you... Though sound and flavourful, it is one-dimensional - not unlike those white Zinfandels of yore. Slightly sweet, but smooth this would do very well at the family picnic. 83 pts. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Tantalus Riesling 2013


    This latest edition of the reputed Tantalus Riesling has a slightly more dense nose of icing sugar sprinkled over pear, apricot and green apple; the mouth-feel is viscous, Mosel-like with citrus (noted with this producer), honey, peach and apricot mid-palate with more sweetness than in past vintages. Finish is fresh, acidic and lingering. Bett... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Noir 2012


    This wine pours light garnet in the glass and suggests strawberry cupcake, some well-used barnyard straw and a hint of mushroom or truffle on the nose. On the palate, there is (surprisingly) a shift in style to more New World flavours like belt leather and slightly acerbic notes. Similar to better Casablanca PN from (say) Cono Sur but less dee... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hi All,Last night I went to an event called "Uncork Your Palate" in Victoria.  It was a fundraiser for the Victoria Conservatory of Music (a music school, like a mini Juilliard), so was a good cause.  There was continuous music and very good food (like the one in Seattle) where many of Victoria's best restaurants served very fresh seafood appeti... Read More

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  • La Frenz Ensemble 2011


    Had this at their tasting room. The Ensemble is La Frenz's take on a Graves/Bordeaux style blended white. Well balanced with a kind of rich mouthfeel with plenty of lemongrass and citrus notes. I really like how there is just a touch of oak - more supportive than anything else; way in the background. (I found out that it gets barrel aged for a y... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Gris Okanagan Valley Vqa 2012


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