August 12 th, 2017- Okanagan Falls Wineries – A dozen reasons to stop and taste!

Looking for  the best “Patio Wines” AND talking to a dozen  winemakers from Okanagan Falls!




It’s the 5th annual Okanagan Falls  Winery Association Spring Wine Tasting at Earls in Yaletown.

One of the best events in the calendar year.  Everybody shows up. Owners, winemakers and principals.

They pour all their new offerings and the best of their portfolio.  There was even a table filled with nothing but OK Falls Pinot Noir.

At the same time, I was writing my food and wine column for Living Magazine.  The theme in the next issue was looking ahead to Summer. They suggested I recommend Patio Wines.

So, one of the  questions I asked was “What’s your best patio wine?”  (fyi – I’m not a big fan of the term patio wine..I happen to think it sells great/complex wines short, as though they were a throwaway!)


Here’s the line up of  wineries and guests .  (in somewhat alphabetical order)

 Blasted Church                  Elaine Vickers/Winemaker            

Blasted Church

Blue Mountain                   Christie Mavety/ family & marketing

Crescent Hill                      Teresa Murray Wiseman/Owner  

Kraze Legz/Skaha             Gerry  Thygesen/Owner-WM      

Liquidity Winery/Bistro Ian MacDonald/Owner                  


Meyer Family Wines       Janice Stevens-Meyer/Owner      

Meyer Family

Nighthawk Vineyards      Christy Bibby/Co-Owner                

Noble Ridge                        Leslie/Jim D’Andrea / Owners      


Painted Rock                      Lauren Skinner/ Family & marketing

Lauren Skinner. Painted Rock

Pentage                                Julie Rennie – Co-Owner

Synchromesh                      Alan Dickinson /Owner-Winemaker

Wild Goose                         Roland Kruger                                   




Vikram Vij – Vij, the book

John Schreiner – ICON.  Flagship Wines from BC’s Best Wineries.

Jill  Spoor with  Christine Coletta.  Jill Creates a White Terroir Blend

Judgement of BC

BC Pinot Noir Celebration