Saturday, February 13, 2010

2010 Olympics – Day 2

A winery with a political connection – Cedar Creek Estate Winery in Kelowna, BC is the life long dream of Senator Ross Fitzpatrick. Although after university his career took him away from the area he was born and raised in, Ross had always dreamed of returning to “the fertile soil and climate of the valley”. So, in 1988, just as the North American Free Trade Agreement threatened to wipe out the small wine industry in the Okanagan trying to make its name, Ross Fitzpatrick saw it as a challenge to be conquered – and conquered he did. With all of his hard work, along with the hard work of his son – Gordon, who is now heading the winery – Cedar Creek Estate Winery has developed a major wine list encompassing a wide range of palate pleasing options, a seasonal restaurant and a beautiful, Greek inspired in architecture, winery on the banks of the Okanagan.

With a few vineyards to choose from and a wide array of grape varietals planted, after more than 20 years of working with these grapes, Cedar creek Estate Winery has it down to a science. Their white grapes, along with six acres of Pinot Noir are planted in their northern vineyard at Greata Ranch as well as the estate vineyard and their reds, for the most part, are planted at their southern vineyard near Osoyoos where they get the extra heat needed to ripen these grapes properly. The result is a very extensive wine list with all of the grapes represented at several tiers in most cases and many awards to back them up. So, why not drop by Cedar Creek Estate Winery, try a few wines, enjoy a meal in their restaurant (during the summer months) and then let us know what your favourites are.

Tasting room open daily
Tours available May 1st through October 31st
Restaurant open for lunches only – June 12th to September 20th. Special dinner series available on select dates during the summer.
CedarCreek Estate Winery
5445 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
V1W 4S5
Telephone 250 764 8866
Facsimile 250 764 2603
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