PNW Picks: September Long Weekend Brews

- the best of the pacific north west - 

Sipping beer with bright tropical flavours is a fruitful way to extend your summer! Light that BBQ and make the most of September long weekend with these fresh picks.

 
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Curated by: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

The Okanagan: Canada's Most Diverse Wine Region

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There’s still plenty of time for another summer adventure! Head up to the Okanagan Valley for a first-class wine tour and see firsthand how diverse this amazing region truly is.

Although the Okanagan only has two official sub-appellations – ‘Golden Mile’ and ‘Okanagan Falls’ – it has a wide range of regions that showcase a variety of terroir and style. We’ve selected a few favourite wines from a few favourite sub-regions to get you started before you hit the road!

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REGION: EAST KELOWNA
• Soils in Kelowna are heavier than elsewhere in the valley, based on sandy loam, clay and limestone.
• The coast mountain range protects vineyards in this region from the Vancouver rain.
• Riesling is one of the top grapes in this northern region due to its similar latitudinal range to Germany.
Try: Cedar Creek Riesling
Bright and focused citrus acidity balances out its sweet stone fruits.
750ml, $23.99


REGION: NARAMATA BENCH (PENTICTON)
• The soils are a mixture of sand, silt, and clay that provide ample nutrients and water retention for easy farming.
• Nestled in the south-east end of Okanagan Lake, Naramata Bench benefits from lake-side breezes, which keep summer temperatures cool and help protect the vines from damaging frosts and molds.
Try: Poplar Grove Merlot
Classically Okanagan with velvety tannins + notes of sage & cherry notes.
750 ml, $33.49
 

REGION: THE GOLDEN MILE BENCH (OLIVER)
• Sandy soils that cover the bedrock aid in effectively draining water.
• BC’s first official sub-appellation and one of the most southerly growing regions in the province.
• To the north sits basalt faced McIntyre Bluff, which blocks wind, making the region hot and dry.
• Osoyoos lake on the south end moderates the temperature, keeping the vines from scorching in the summer and freezing in the winter.
Try: Tinhorn Creek The Creek
A bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon featuring dark berry flavours and a spicy finish.
750ml, $62.99

 
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Cedar Creek Riesling

Bright and focused citrus acidity balances out its sweet stone fruits.
750ml, $23.99

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Poplar Grove Merlot

Classically Okanagan with velvety tannins + notes of sage & cherry notes.
750 ml, $33.49

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Tinhorn Creek The Creek

A bordeaux blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon featuring dark berry flavours and a spicy finish.
750ml, $62.99

 
 
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By:  Ann Brydle, Quadra GM, Certified Sommelier, Certified Sherry Specialist

September 2018 Best Buys

All featured prices valid September 1-30, 2018

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Meet the Maker: Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards

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Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards  is located at the historic Greata Ranch property, situated between Peachland and Summerland.

 
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Opening its doors in Spring 2018, the 8,000 case boutique winery mainly specializes in traditional method sparkling wine, while also producing still wines on its 40-acre property (chardonnay, ehrenfelser, riesling, rosé, gewürztraminer, pinot blanc, pinot noir and meritage).

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Distinctly Fitzpatrick
Positioned in an unique area by Okanagan Lake and east of Mt. Eneas, the vineyard is set up perfectly for the production of sparkling wine, crisp whites and elegant reds.

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There is no other winery in the Okanagan with these specific set of conditions:
Mt. Eneas: provides direct light and shade at opportune times
Four separate soil types: influences the flavour in the finished wines
Steady wind: keeps vines dry and healthy
The Lake: moderates vineyard temperatures
Vine age: their oldest vines are now entering their third decade, producing quality and mature fruit. 

About the winemaker
Sarah Bain began her path in the wine industry in 2004. She built her career at two leading organic and biodynamic producers in Central Otago, New Zealand. Sarah has since worked vintages across California, Germany and Canada.

Photo: Gordon Fitzpatrick (owner) and Sarah Bain (winemaker)

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Sparkling Culture
The Fitzpatrick family will inspire you to gain an appreciation for the nuances of producing traditional method sparkling wine.  Head to their ‘sparkling bar’ for tastings or join a sparkling wine tour to get an in-depth peek of their definitive culture.

Find Them
659 Highway 97 S, Peachland, BC
Fitzwine.com | #whywaittocelebrate 

 
 
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By: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Sommelier

PNW Picks: Tart Summer Brews

- the best of the pacific north west - 

With summer now in full swing, the need for refreshing + thirst-quenching beer becomes a must. Take these tart brews for a spin; they’ll surely help you cut through the summer heat.

 
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Curated by: Jeremy Pott, Regional Operations Manager, Certified Cicerone®

August 2018 Best Buys

All featured prices valid August 1-31, 2018

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