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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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013


    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Mission Hill Winery Shiraz Reserve 2010


    More "old world style" than new. Somewhat restrained on the nose with dark colour. Plum, blackberry, burnt caramel, wood/sweet cigar, maybe some herbaceous freshness/menthol. On the palate it has lots of acid, blackberry fruit and relatively firm tannin. Moderate length. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Osoyoos Larose Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa le Grand Vin 2007


    The 2007 edition of this wine is exceptional - perhaps the best ever; the color is deep garnet with a plummy "right bank" nose that vies with any but the best Bordeaux. Merlot dominant, but clearly stuffed with Cabernet, this wine would win awards in France. The entry is elegant with fine grained tannins and wonderful brambleberry and cherry no... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Blasted Church Syrah Okanagan Valley Vqa 2006


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    Wine review by jloria

  • Lake Breeze Vineyards Gewürztraminer Okanagan Valley Vqa 2005


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    Wine review by Victoria MacPhail

  • Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay Okanagan Valley Vqa Qwam Qwmt 2006


    A refreshingly well balanced chardonnay from 2009. Oak and cream on the nose along with vanilla, sweet peaches and pear. On the palate it brings more fruit and some acidity. Great length. (Side note: made my sweetie think of sour cream or dill potato chips). Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Red Rooster Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Okanagan Valley Vqa Cabernet-Merlot 2010


    This wine was rated 91 points by Wine Access - a reputed Canadian wine magazine. The nose is very oak-heavy on opening, but after waiting 30 minutes and using the Venturi, some cassis and blackcurrent becomes evident with oak much less prominent. On entry, there are hard, spicey tannins but good fruit. Some nutmeg, plum and blackberry on the p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Arrowleaf Cellars Zweigelt Okanagan Valley Vqa 2010


    The enticing burgundian colour of this wine is followed by a nose reminiscent of PN but with (decidedly) more cranberry and salmonberry than strawberry and cherry. There are more of the same qualities on entry with good balance and depth if lacking in sophistication and finesse (but these latter characteristics are not the forte of this variety)... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Lake Breeze Vineyards Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa Seven Poplars 2010


    This rich, expressive Pinot Noir from Naramata BC has a deep, Kirsch-like colour and the strangely opulent nose of a boudoir plus violets and spiced red berry. Very nice, if not especially complex. The entry is smooth,- even unctious - with a profile of strawberry and sweet cream. There is a slight acerbity on the finish - which is quite leng... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir Okanagan Valley Vqa 2009


    Having now gone through most of the lineup for Stoneboat, I land on the Pinot Noir; and a soft landing it is, with a typical light Bourgogne A.C. transluscence common to the Okanagan. There is strawberry-coffee and compote on the nose with just a hint of cranberry. On entry we find more strawberry preserve (jam) with soft tannin and quite a sil... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The Okanagan Valley is the Napa of Canada. It is especially know for its Icewines which are world class. My favorite has to be the Inniskillin Okanagan 2006 Riesling Icewine that I found out about at the 2008 Icewine Festival on the OkanaganWineReview.com

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