Kelowna Wineries Pour for the Continent

With so many great wineries in the Okanagan it can be easy to miss some of the great things that are happening.  Tourism Kelowna hosted a houseboat tour for over 35 journalists from across North America to show off the new ‘Wine Trails’ guide, with plenty of great wineries on board pouring some of their best vintages.

Gord Fitzpatrick from Cedar Creek Winery poured 2006 Platinum Meritage, ‘Colbert Edition.’ The story behind the vintage is lovely and is bound up in the story of the oak casks the wine was aged in.  “If a 350-year-old-oak tree falls in the French forest of Bertrange, we wanted the wood.  So we acquired four of the impossible-to-get 40 barrels handmade from that tree.  In that exquisite Louis XIV era Colbert oak, Cedar Creek aged a hand selected blend of 40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.”

Proprietor Gord Fitzpatrick of Cedar Creek Winery holding a bottle of 2006 Meritage

On the Lake Country Scenic Sip wine trail, the northern tip of the Kelowna wine region, Ex Nihilo Winery is winning support from a global audience.  The Rolling Stones themselves have endorsed Ex Nihilo wines. Partners, Jeff Harder and Jay Paulson bring tremendous agriculture and wine industries to the winery.  Lake Country wines have come into their own.

Jay Paulson and a Bottle of Ex Nihilo Wine

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