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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Island Hopping

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

We islanders know how to take advantage of every ounce of summer, don’t we? From hiking and camping, to swimming and canoeing, the long days of July allow us to get outside and explore the natural delights our islands have to offer. Be sure to stop by any of these island producers in between adventures and pick up a beverage to help you wind down, cool off, or celebrate with friends.

Salt Spring Island:

 
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Salt Spring Wild Dry Cider

Blended from 10 different apple varieties for a deep and complex flavour. A great accompaniment to bold and smokey BBQ meats.

$14.29, 750 ml

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Salt Spring Island Heather Ale

A crisp and lightly hopped ale with floral and honeynotes. Totally crushable for when you're lounging poolside.

$6.79, 650 ml

 
 
 

Hornby Island:

Middle Mountain Cyser

Honey-dipped apple flavours with overtones of sage and spice. A great accompaniment to your favourite summertime picnic foods.

$24.99, 750 ml

Pender Island:

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Sea Star Salish Sea

intensely tropical fruit aromatics are balanced by an herbal finish and crisp acidity. This Ortega and Seigerrebe blend is the quintessential island summer wine.

$24.99, 750 ml

 

Meet the Maker: Stillhead Distillery

 
 
 

Cowichan Valley's newest craft distillery
Stillhead Distillery is founded by husband and wife team, Brennan and Erica Colebank, along with parents, Ron and Christal. Opening its doors in October 2017, this Cowichan Valley distillery crafts premium gin and vodka from locally grown grains and botanicals. 

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Meet: Brennan Colebank
After working many years in the tech industry, Brennan Colebank left to pursue his dream of starting a craft distillery in the Cowichan Valley.

Brennan’s true passion in distilling lies in creating new and exciting spirits from BC farm produce. His favourite projects involve aging spirits in wood, and experimenting with different barrels types and distilling techniques to produce fine spirits. When he’s not distilling, Brennan spends most of his free time on the river or ocean. 

Why we love them
Alongside their tasty products, Stillhead Distillery is committed to supporting local habitat restoration and donates to local environment focused charities.

 

 

Our Recommendations:

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Prime 23 Gin

A classic London dry style gin, with a BC botanical twist!

$37.99, 750 ml

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Prime 1 Vodka

A clean and smooth vodka perfect for any cocktail.

$22.49, 375 ml

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Wild Blackberry Vodka

Infused with local, wild Blackberries and no artificial colours or flavours.

$24.99, 375 ml

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

July 2018 Best Buys

All featured prices valid July 1-31, 2018

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