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  • 04Feb
    Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd - Penticton, BC Posted by Admin visit winery website
    Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd - Penticton, BC

    "It's difficult to say whether Painted Rock's rise to fame is karma or just plain hard work, either way, this young winery is coming of age."
    ~ Anthony Gismondi

    Painted Rock began with John and Trish Skinner’s belief that the Okanagan Valley had enormous, largely unrealized, potential. While the area was long known for producing some of the world’s finest fruit, it was the wines produced from the 1980’s “Vinifera Program” (where vineyards were paid to remove high producing, inferior hybrids and plant vivifera) that convinced the Skinner’s that the Okanagan would one day be an internationally recognized wine region. John knew that if they wanted to be involved, and make an impact, they had to move quickly. The goal was simple: find the best property and apply the most aggressive mandate for quality. Their extensive search took nearly three years and ended when they found “The Black Hawk”, a spectacular 60 acre bench on Skaha Lake in Penticton. In 2004 they purchased what was once “the largest apricot orchard in the British Commonwealth”. The orchard had been felled in the 1980’s and had lain fallow since.
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  • 04Feb
    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery - Oliver, BC Posted by Admin visit winery website
    Burrowing Owl Estate Winery - Oliver, BC

    "It’s All About The Wine"

    Balance is a time-honored goal in the making of premium wines and working toward balance is a way of life at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery.

    Founder Jim Wyse is committed to balance, well beyond that of the fine, world-class wines being produced. A kind of Hippocratic oath (“to do no harm”) underlies the creative viticultural and enological practices at Burrowing Owl.

    The winery and vineyards lie within the northernmost tip of the antelope brush ecosystem, which is part of a semi-arid shrub-steppe1 that lies within the western United States. The location (on a southwest-tilting, sandy plateau) near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, is one of the most highly rated grape-growing locations in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and for that matter Canada.
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  • 04Feb
    Church & State Wines - Oliver, BC Posted by Admin visit winery website
    Church & State Wines - Oliver, BC

    "The name Church & State symbolizes a balance between the many elements involved in creating the highest quality wine we can produce."

    Church & State, head and heart, change and tradition, roots and growth. Church & State is in constant conflict, yet always in perfect balance.

    Founded in 2004, Church & State was created with the goal of raising the bar of the Wines of British Columbia, starting a revolution of quality and a rebellion against the norms. This goal is achieved through a balance of militant control, and freedom of expression, both in the cellar and the vineyard. Our sovereign territory amounts to 120 acres of estate vineyards in strategic locations across the South Okanagan Valley. Church & State has been recognized as producing Canada’s best red wine five times since 2009, acknowledged by international panels and foreign dignitaries including Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine, Wine Advisor to the Queen.
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  • Elegant Stemware

    The glass makes the wine Julianna Glass is a brand of exclusive and elegant glassware. Made from lead free crystal glass and hand cut by glass artists. Swarovski crystals elevate the brilliance and add a sparkly finishing touch for luxury look and feel.
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  • BC & EU Wine travel

    Food Wine & Travel Whether you are looking at visiting Canada to see any of our Wine Regions or coming here to the UK or anywhere in Europe, there are endless possibilities for a wide variety of Wine & Food Tours as well as countless Culture Tours.
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  • fun #winewednesday

    Mrs Kippis on Twitter Twitter lights up with light hearted wine talk and interesting pictures every #WineWednesday and we are no stranger to it. We'll bring out my original Mrs Kippis, as well as our own take on some old jokes and make up a few new ones.
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  • vine photos & Art

    Northern Lights Naramata Winery There are some amazing wine related pictures out there such as this Naramata Bench Winery during the Northern Lights. From Spring to Winter and Sunrise to Sunset there is something worth seeing from every corner of the World. more