Noble Ridge





The Show

It was the first wine gathering of 2022 and the first in two years for many in the room.

(The room was the gorgeous Terminal City Club on West Hastings in Vancouver)

This week, its part two of our interviews with winemakers, agents  and principals.

All representing the Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake Wineries Assn.

Here’s the Line -up:

 Play Estate Winery  (Skaha Hills) – Gianluca Miceli and the one & only Paul Watkin.(Seacove Group)

They brought over the Play Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon.  French Oak Barrel aged for 16 months.

14%. Lean and totally engaging. Well done Stephanie Breyers,  Winemaker.

Noble Ridge (Okanagan Falls)Benoit Gauthier Winemaker

N/V  The Fizzy One (a pre-release). A beautiful blend of 62% Kerner and 38% Pinot Gris. “it’s for Wine Club Members but for you a tease and a treat”  Hey! Join the club.

Stag’s Hollow (Okanagan Falls)  – Erin Korpisto GM. 

2021 Dolcetto – Wild mix of ripe cherry, plums, rose on the nose plus  spice and dark chocolate. Winemaker Keira Le Franc speaks Italian through wine and  I understand what she’s saying.

Pentage (Skaha Lake) – Ian Jamieson (artwine)

2015 Pentage – The Flagship Red.

35% Cab/29 Merlot & 12 Merlot Ripasso/ 10 Cab Franc/10 Petit Verdot/  4 Malbec

Considering the entire process this wine goes through, partially dried skins then more merlot added – for 8 months, it is totally worth your time and dough to find it and enjoy Winemaker/Owner Paul Gardner’s craft.


 Wild Goose (Okanagan Falls)  Leslie Matheson (Marketing Manager)

2021 Autumn Gold – A well crafted blend of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and little bit of Chardonnay.

Wild Goose



Our 2022 Sponsor special

Top Drop 2022

VanWine Fest 2022

Coastal Craft – Meet the Makers (Victoria)

Stillhead Distilling – Duncan

Chain Reaction Wines – Naramata Bench.

Davin de Kergomeaux – Spirits in the Dark


















March 6th, 2021- Sandra Oldfield with 3 Women of Wine/Evan Saunders presents two new Blasted Church Reds.


Sandra Oldfield with 3 Women of Wine/Evan Saunders presents two new Blasted Church Reds.



Sandra Oldfield


Sandra Oldfield is a welcome force. 

Sandra is the co-founder of Elysian Projects. (with her husband and pal Kenn)

I love exchanging info and ideas with her but mostly I ask questions and get OUT of the way.

Several months ago Sandra suggested we spotlight BC’s Women of Wine.

This weeks she returns with stories and features on

Women leading the growing  Wine Club movement and her three favourite Wine Clubs (and why they work for her)


Terry Meyer Stone – Mayhem Wines, Meyer Family Wines & The Garagiste Movement.

Terry Meyer Stone


Severine Pinte – Winemaker at Le Vieux Pin

Severine Pinte


Leslie D’Andrea – Co-founder/Wine Community Leader at Noble Ridge


Leslie and Jim D’Andrea


At the very end of this two part feature we touch on the  recent loss of her Father and the post that followed.

(Her Post can be found at)



Evan Saunders – Winemaker at Blasted Church

Evan Saunders Winemaker Blasted Chuch

Speaking of women as leaders in the BC Wine Industry – how about Evelyn Campbell at Blasted Church?

Evelyn Campbell

But as Evelyn writes on their website:

I’ve had good fortune of finding highly talented, visionary and highly motivated individuals. I grant them full trust, and support them with the resources required to perform their very best for our winery endeavour. A philosophy that has helped Blasted Church thrive.

 We welcome  one of those high motivated individuals Evan Saunders- Winemaker.

 Trained in micro-biology  at U Vic on Vancouver island, then straight to Ontario and the  well known winemaking courses at Brock.

On site training followed at Osoyoos Larose in Oliver and the ground-breaking Pinot at  Kosta Browne In California.

Even worked his way up from student to cellar rat to assistant and is now a fully developed   human being.

He brings with him two of his latest reds. (I’M RECOMMENDING BOTH. What a great way to celebrate the end of Winter)

2017 – Merlot  (89% Merlot 11% Malbec)

Plums. Dark ripe berries. Dark Chocolate.  Serious texture in the mouth and a long finish. Outstanding tannins.

Think steaks, tomato based pasta, burgers…ribbbbbs.

$27.00  (874 cases)


2017 Syrah (94% Syrah. 3% Viognier 3% Roussanne)


The Viognier and Roussanne were co-fermented with the Syrah. Bringing the nose alive!

Left on skins for up to 3 weeks. Oak was  also a mix – French, American and Hungarian.

14 months in barrel then racked to tanks, blended and back in barrel for another 4 months.

So!  Was it worth it?   Oh Hell yes.


Black berries of all shapes and sizes on the nose with a bacon chaser.

Same in the mouth. Wonderful texture and tannins. Loooong finish.

This is a wine to open and celebrate,  then hide the other bottles for at least a couple of years.


$29.50  (2262 cases)


Evan also teases us with what’s coming later in the Spring

2018  Killer Cab Franc

2020 Rose – (Blaufränkisch)




Office Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Wine Shop Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday

NOTE! We are now closed for tastings and open for sales only weekdays 10am – 5pm.
If you are making a pilgrimage from afar, please call us first as Winter hours may vary.

Before your visit, please review our Safety Plan for more information.



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Wineries  and restaurants opening for Spring.

Spring Releases.