EatInEatOut Fall 2014 - Page 70

“The northern Okanagan Valley, around Kelowna area, is cooler and has a shorter growing season, and the Pinot varietals, as well as Chardonnay and Merlot tend to do well there ” . As the region continues to mature, I anticipate more and more wineries will recognize the grapes that perform best in their terroirs and further specialization will occur. What is undeniable is the stunning beauty of the landscape and the passion that the people exude for this local industry. It is this passion (among other things) that makes wines from BC often difficult to find outside of their home province. The British Columbian wine consumer is hugely supportive and patriotic about their industry, and much of the wines produced in the province are consumed locally. That being said, we do see BC wines from time to time on our shelves. Thankfully, with a little planning, a trip west to the Okanagan isn’t too difficult to achieve, and you can visit and taste all the wines you want! In addition to some of my picks at the right, I highly encourage you to seek out some of the following wineries wines whenever possible as they are being made with a lot of heart and soul, and in keeping with the region’s immense character: Meyer Family Vineyards, Painted Rock, Blasted Church, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Joie Farm, Okanagan Crush Pad, Poplar Grove, Tinhorn Creek, and Road 13. 70 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA Here are some of my 2013 Red Rooster Winery Naramata, Okanagan Va $16.95 This family estate has been p the Naramata since 1990. perfect example of a classic this cool climate-loving grap with a creamy and fleshy tex orchard fruits, citrus and marz of spice on the finish and ba would be perfect with roaste like this wine, seek out their which is made from 100% N 2008 Quails’ Gate Stewa Reserve Pinot Noir Kelowna, Okanagan Vall $46.95 Quails’ Gate is one of the o new generation of the Okan Located just outside of Kelow this wine are sourced from th Mount Boucherie, which is t volcano created over 60 mi Only made in the best vintag worth seeking out every yea style that is very much Burgu with elegance and finesse b weightiness and concentratio about by the microclimate. Q see for anyone planning to v