Last night I was invited to the first of what I believe will be many fun and educational Okanagan wine blind tasting evenings put on by the well known facebookers "I Love Okanagan Wines", a page that has captured the eyes of 20,000 plus Okanagan wine enthusiasts.
The evening was jam packed with wine... from A, B, C all the way to Q, including whites, rosés, reds and fruit wines. The wines were shrouded in the customary brown bag, so as not to reveal the wine's label to the 20 guests in attendance to test their local wine knowledge and palettes. Hors d'oeuvres and easy going banter fuelled the night of consumption of some 20 bottles of wine tasted, tested and voted on for the next Okanagan wine sample pack that the club is trusted in for supplying to its membership.
We caught the evening in pictures. We will see you at the next blind tasting put on by these guys soon. In the meantime, join the club - for free and without commitment - at okanaganwine.club now or learn about them on their TFG Member page. We are also happy to announce that we have begun to contribute to their bi-monthly newsletter with local Okanagan wine news and event highlights.
The evening begins with a few bites and some time for members to get to know each other.
As promised at the chosen location, Wine & Art Bar in Kelowna, there was wine and art!
Cheerful guests were seated with tasting notes and score sheets for the lengthy list of Okanagan wines
A well appointed "tasting station"- personally labelled too. Nice touches OWC!
Skilled servers ready your pouring arms! There they are- A to Q!
Meet Ivan Gonzalez, one half of the partnership that pioneered the Okanaganwine.club
And meet Joel Raitt, the other half of the team, and founder of the hugely followed "I Love Okanagan" facebook page
The pouring of the wines began with whites, followed by rosés and finally reds
Eager members taste through the wines, guessing the varietals, the subregions, the producers
Once all tasted, the reveals began, awarding the best overall consumer's choice from whites, rosés and reds from the member's score card tallies.
Here's the list:
6. Eau Vivre Winery, Similkameen, Pinot Noir 2013
5. Lunnessence Winery, Summerland, Gewurtztraminer 2014
4. Heaven's Gate Winery, Summerland, Merlot Malbec 2012
3. Lunnessence Winery Summerland, Sauvignon Blanc Muscat 2014
2. Eau Vivre Winery, Similkameen, Buddhaful 2010
1. RollingDale Estate Winery, West Kelowna, Marechal Foch 2014
To learn more about what wines were on offer and which ones "won", visit and join okanaganwine.club where, as a member, the winners will comprise the next Okanagan Wine Mixed Pack delivered to your door.
Tarynn Liv Parker