Known as The ‘Small Guys’ Wine Festival showcasing small case lot artisan wines from the ‘Garagistes’ of BC, I had a chance to taste some of these fine wines on June 27th at the Wise Hall in Vancouver. In order to be considered a small lot producer, the said winery produced under 2,000 cases of a particular wine each year. Often many of these wineries choose to remain small, and boutique in order to maintain quality and be in high demand.
These are some of the gems that I discovered from the many who participated.
Rob and Abby Westbury –Kelowna –making “The Pull” #Bordeaux blend and a Viognier
Richard Roskell –Naramata – making a very good Syrah
making some killer wine under Skaha Vineyard label — Garry and Sue Thygesen –Kaleden—making a range of very good wine including their Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Ice Wine and a Port
James and Joanna Schlosser — West Kelowna – making a very good Foch
Bradley Cooper and Audralee Daum – Penticton –making very good Pinot Noir
Look for wines from these Okanagan region wineries in Vancouver area restaurants and stores, you may want to visit Garagiste North online.
By: Richard Wolak