It’s The Island Icons Pinot Noir Celebration in the Cowichan Valley. We take you there to join the winemakers.
And it’s National Aboriginal Week in Canada. We talk to Justin Hall at North America’s first Aboriginal owned winery Nk’ Mip and the first Osoyoos Nation winemaker.
Island Icons. The first Pinot Noir Celebration
Today at Averill Creek it’s the first Pinot Noir Celebration.
Cowichan winemakers believe that they are perfectly suited to make a name for themselves with the heartbreak grape.
All day today they will salute Pinot Noir.
A seminar at 11 with John Schreiner.
Meet the Makers from Noon to 4PM. Sample your heart out.
and a sold out Long Table Dinner with Bill Jones from Deerholme Farm.
Mike Nierychlo – Emandare www.emandarevineyard.com
Michelle Schulze – Venturi Schulze www.venturischulze.com
Andy Johnson – Averill Creek www.averillcreek.ca
Xavier Bonilla – Cherry Point Estate Wines www.cherrypointestatewines.com
Zac Brown – Alderlea www.alderlea.com
Mark Holford – Rocky Creek www.rockycreekwinery.ca
Wednesday was National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Also National Aboriginal Week.
Most of you know that Nk’Mip is not only North America’s first Aboriginal owned winery, it’s also Winery of the Year in Canada at Intervin International wine awards.
Randy Picton has always been the winemaker there but he’s been mentoring Justin Hall, a band member and the future of the winery.
We find Justin in the winery and immensely proud to be the first Osoyoos band member to be named winemaker.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
John Schreiner – Icon Wines of BC
Bloom – New releases from BC VQA Wineries
Skitchine Lodge – 6th annual fishing, food, wine and um wine gathering