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

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

Meet the Maker: Averill Creek Winery

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

Beautiful and elegant wines crafted from cool climate grapes, perfectly suited to Vancouver Island's unique terroir.

 Andy Johnston, Co-owner

Andy Johnston, Co-owner

 Daniel Dragert & Mira Tusz, Winemakers

Daniel Dragert & Mira Tusz, Winemakers

Andy and Wendy Johnston started Averill Creek in 2001, finally pursuing their passion for wine after long careers in the health and financial industries. Joined by winemakers, Daniel Dragert and Mira Tusz, the Averill Creek team have solidified themselves as one of Vancouver Island’s top producers.

 

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Innovative Mountainside Winery
Built onto the side of Mt. Prevost, the winery features stunning views of Cowichan Valley. The mountain slope creates the perfect opportunity for a state-of-the-art gravity-fed facility, allowing their delicate wines to flow without the use of pumps, protecting their subtle and elegant characteristics.

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Award-Winning Wines
The winery’s innovative process has shown that the wines of Vancouver Island can be complex and thoughtful, aromatic and lively. Averill Creek has gained worldwide attention and accolades from competitions such as Global Pinot Noir Masters, Best International Trade, Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards and more.

Our Recommendations

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Charm De L’ile

A lively island sparkler made in the charmat method and expressing vibrant citrus and peach notes with a hint of flowers. The perfect drink to celebrate spring!
$24.99, 750ml

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Rosé

Bright aromatics of raspberry and watermelon, yet refreshingly dry, this merlot and pinot noir rosé has jucy acidity that makes it a versatile wine with any dish. Serve with friends!
$21.99, 750ml

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Pinot Noir  

Averill Creek's Raison D' Être, and with good reason! A serious, elegant, and silky wine with a complex mix of raspberry, earth, and spice. This one is sure to impress!
$26.99, 750ml

Where to Find Them
Just a short drive out to the sunny Cowichan Valley!
6552 North Road, Duncan, BC
Tasting room and picnic area open 7 days a week, 11am-5pm
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Meet the Maker: Moon Under Water

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L to R: Clay Potter and family

Meet: Clay Potter
Clay’s long-time passion for brewing led him to studying at University of Victoria for Biology & Chemistry and Heriot Watt University in Scotland for the Brewing & Distilling Master’s Program.

After mastering his knowledge, Clay was ready for the next step. With his family, he took over the Moon Under Water Brewery in 2012. Together they brought this establishment to the next level and it’s now a staple in Victoria.

Moon Flavours
Clay’s creations are influenced by his experience and education overseas, resulting in a wide range of core beers with European flare + a Canadian twist.

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Beer Program
In 2014, Moon Brewery introduced two new programs that garnered success and excitement: a sour series featuring the beloved Copper Kettle Sour, and line of limited-release barrel-aged beers, such as The Crow’s Nest. These highly-sought after beers are small-batched and aged for 18 months.
 

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Moon Distillery
In December 2017, Clay was ready for more growth and opened a distillery within the brewery. The Moon Distillery has recently launched their first wave of products, featuring Citrus Gin, Orange Vodka and Espresso Vodka, all made with local malts, fruits and botanicals.

Our Recommendations

 Tranquility IPA $5.99, 650ml

Tranquility IPA $5.99, 650ml

 Creepy Uncle Dunkel $5.99, 650ml

Creepy Uncle Dunkel $5.99, 650ml

 Orange Vodka $34.99, 375ml

Orange Vodka $34.99, 375ml

Where to Find Them
Head over to Moon Under Water and pay them a visit!
350B Bay St.
Pub open daily, 11:30a-10:30p moonunderwater.ca