Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Olympics – Day 1

Welcome to the 2010 Olympic Games…of wine! Starting today – coinciding with the Opening Ceremonies of the real 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver – I will feature one winery each day from the province of British Columbia. All of these wineries have come highly recommended by friends and colleagues and all of them are best described as small, family run or mom and pop type wineries. It’s not that the “big boys” of the BC wine industry aren’t great, it’s just that these little wineries deserve some recognition too. So, who is our first winery? Where is it located and what makes it unique…

Located in Kelowna, BC we find Quails’ Gate Winery – a family run winery where, even if your last name isn’t Stewart, you feel as if you are one. The one thing that truly impressed me about this winery, aside from the very close knit feel it portrays, is the extensive and elaborate wine list. Two tiers of table wines – the Stewart Family Reserve and the Quails’ Gate line – and a selection of dessert wines, some of which are completely unique – like their Non Vintage Tawny made from 100% Gamay Noir grapes or their Fortified Vintage Foch which is a tribute to the family’s Grandfather “Poppa Dick”.

Tasting Room and Restaurant open daily except December 25th, 26th & January 1st.
Tours available April 30th – October 11th.
3303 Boucherie Road
Kelowna British Columbia
V1Z 2H3 Canada
Phone: 250-769-4451
Toll Free: 1-800-420-9463
Fax: 250-769-3451
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