Out With the Old, In With the New Year
Out With the Old, In With The New Year
There’s no better way to start the New Year than with our January selection of BC wines. Beginning with Vancouver Island, Unsworth Vineyard, located in the Cowichan Valley and headed by winemaker Dan Wright, produces small-batch hand-crafted wines in a maritime climate. The wonderful restaurant that accompanies the winery makes it a lunch destination too.
Crossing the Salish Sea into the Okanagan Valley we head to Fitzpatrick Vineyard located in Peachland. A once abandoned peach orchard purchased by the Fitzpatrick family in 1994 has evolved into a winery whose major focus is on “Traditional Method” sparkling wine. (Champagne is made in the Traditional Method .
Just south of Peachland in Summerland is Lunessence Vineyard. Sustainable viticulture is at work here as well as audio stimulation. Classical music is played in the estate vineyards all year long as they believe it is harmonious with production; Verdi and Rossini can be heard coming from the cellar door.
On the other side of Lake Okanagan, on the Naramata Bench, is Daydreamer Wines. It’s a small family run vineyard where husband and wife team Rachel and Marcus Ansems (winemaker) farm small batch, limited production, sustainable grapes.
Heading south, and back on Highway 97 towards Oliver, we find Black Hills Winery. They practice sustainable farming in the vineyard and at harvest. Their west facing vineyards on the Black Sage Bench thrive in the heat of Canada’s only desert.
Just down the road and on the right side of the highway is Desert Hills Winery, a family run boutique winery operated by brothers Randy, Jessie and Dave Toor. The brothers turned a thriving orchard business into a thriving vineyard business selling and producing their own wines.
We wish you the best for 2018!
Unsworth Winery has a book club called “Worth Reading.” They meet monthly at the Winery Restaurant to drink, eat and discuss.
The Cowichan Valley First Nations Band refers to the Cowichan Valley as “The Warm Land”.
Daydreamer Vineyard is the 3rd BC winery in a decade to release a sparkling Shiraz. A style quite common to Australia, where winemaker Marcus Ansems hails from.