Summerhill Pyramid Winery is an unforgettable stop on the Okanagan wine trail. If it wasn’t for the giant floating wine bottle tilting toward a giant glass, you might think you were stepping onto the grounds of a spiritual retreat with an especially stunning view of Okanagan Lake. Founder Stephen Cipes’ dedication to the environment carries through to his grape growing and winemaking philosophies, including a biodynamic certification for the winery's Kelowna vineyard. Summerhill’s commitment to producing only organic wine has spurred the winery’s long-term growers into converting to organic farming. Stephen Cipes is also at the helm of an initiative to transition the entire Okanagan Valley to organic farming. As a shipping special for Valentine’s Day, the winery is offering free shipping when you buy 6 or more bottles (you’re free to mix and match). Below are a few of my top wine picks from Summerhill. Continue reading
Canadian Wine blog
Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.
In 2001, long before Prince Edward County was the hottest up-and-coming wine region in the country, there were only a few sparse wineries. One of these pioneers began as Peddlesden Wines, which soon became Carmela Estates. For a stretch they employed Norm Hardie, one of the County's future stars, as winemaker and vineyard manager. In 2009, Carmela Winery was bought, refurbished, and after a grand opening celebration in 2010, was given new life with a new name: Casa Dea Estates Winery. Continue reading