August 16, 2015
It's been an eventful couple of days here in Oliver and while the 2 fires burning in our area are still very active this morning things seem a bit calmer.
As you probably heard already the fire came extremely close to the winery in the wee hours of Saturday morning. We managed to fend it off with the help of the firefighters, staff, and friends. We are very grateful to eveyone who helped, but the generosity of one of the local wineries stood out.
From Mick Luckhurst:
I want to thank Mission Hill Estate Winery for volunteering their time and equipment in help us suppress the fire threatening our buildings and farm. Thank you to James Hopper, Ray Gill, and David Millar for showing up with water and hoses and asking "Where do you want us?". A classy company as represented by their people.
Click here to check out the most recent review of our Honest John's Rose.
Road 13 was proud to receive Best of Show at Taste BC for the Jackpot VRM. Click here for full results.
Pam and Mick will be in Nanaimo for an evening of wine, food, and fun at Lucky's Liquor Store. Please contact the store directly to book a seat - 250-585-2275. Click here for more details.
Check out the following blogs put out there by some very nice vistors to the winery!
Click here to check out Montecristo Magazine's Wine Wednesday review of the Stemwinder and Seventy-Four K.
We are happy to announce that Road 13 was awarded 13 medals at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2014 and earned a place in the top 10 wineries in Canada, scoring #8! Click here for a full list of our medals.
The 2013 Chenin Blanc sold out in record time this year, within a week of the pre-release to our Wine Club! If you didn't manage to get a bottle while it was available there is still a small amount of 2010 Sparkling Chenin for sale at the winery.
Road 13 is happy to announce that Kisha Kinrade has joined the team as our new Hospitality Manager! Kisha joins us with many more years of experience, having worked in every part of the BC wine industry and wineries in Australia as well.
We are proud to announce that Joseph Luckhurst has taken over as General Manager of Road 13 Vineyards. Joe has stepped into this role after years of representing Road 13 both in Vancouver and here at the winery, most recently as Marketing Manager. His new position will allow Pam to step out of the office (she hopes for good) and focus on spending time in the Tasting Room and Executive Lounge.
Winners of the 2013 BC Wine Awards have been announced and Road 13 was proud to receive 10 medals including Gold for the 2011 Merlot, 2011 Syrah, and 2011 Jackpot Syrah. The 2010 Sparkling Chenin Blanc received a Gold medal, as well as Best Sparkling.
A full list of the winners is available here.
The 2011 Merlot is the Wine of the Week for July 24, 2013 in the Vancouver Sun. Check out the article here.
Road 13 is proud to announce 15 medals at the 2013 National Wine Awards, including PLATINUM medals for the 2011 Syrah Malbec and the 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc. Click here for a full list of Road 13's medals.
These medals earned Road 13 the honour of 3rd Best Winery In Canada!
On a recent visit to Edmonton, Mick took time to visit with Gurvinder Bhatia. Check the conversation out on the Edmonton Journal's website.
On May 16th, 2013 the Executive Lounge at Road 13 will re-open for the spring, summer and fall. Visitors will be able to do a seated tasting of Road 13's highest quality wines while enjoying a beautiful view of the valley. The entrance/tasting fee is $10 per person non-refundable and minors are not permitted.
Beginning with the re-opening is an initial trail run of food service at Road 13 in the Executive Lounge. The focus will still be on tasting, with limited, exceptional food choices devised by Edible Canada.
The Executive Tasting Lounge will be open daily from 11am to 5pm, with food pairings available until 3:30pm. Reservations are recommended.
The Best of Varietal awards were handed out on May 2, 2013 and Road 13 received recognition for the 2011 Seventy-Four K as well as the newly released 2011 Syrah. Both are available for sale in the wine shop.
Thanks to John Schreiner for a very flattering write up on his blog on Wednesday February 27th, 2013.
Click here to visit John Schreiner on Wine.
Road 13 Vineyards has been honored with an award for the 2009 Sparkling Chenin Blanc at the 2012 Platinum Judging. Here is what the judges had to say:
"It is not easy to make a great sparkling wine out of Chenin Blanc, but the folks at Road 13 continue to pull it off with style. The grapes come from Road 13's estate Home Vineyard on the Golden Mile of the southern Okanagan Valley. This opens with fresh toastiness in the nose, with creamy notes that lead to explosive flavors of white peaches and apricots."
Weather conditions in the winter were relatively normal and our vineyards were free from winter damage.
The early spring was cool and wet. May brought some good hours of sunshine and June was seasonally cool with well above average rainfall. The rainfall of June affected the flowering of some of our early varieties which resulted in smaller bunches and smaller crop. By the beginning of July, the growing season was about two weeks behind schedule and we were looking for another cool climate vintage.July, August and September were simply stellar. Long hours of sunshine, very warm without extreme temperature, cool nights and very dry.
Harvest began on the 23rd of September with our Castle Pinot Noir. The fruit was ripe and in great condition. October temperature cooled off and the clouds settled in the valley by mid-October. The thick layer of clouds protected the valley from major frost and extended the ripening season for the late varieties such as the Chenin Blanc, Syrah and Cabernets.
2012 fruit quality has been exceptional with good level of sugar, great flavor profiles and excellent phenolic ripeness. It's all about the dirt & Mother Nature!
The 2012 Canadian Wine Awards have been judged and the medals awarded and Road 13 is happy to announce that we received 17 medals! View our Awards Page for a full list of the loot.
Road 13 has been awarded a Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wine for the 2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne. This prestigious award is given to only a handful of BC wines each year and Road 13 is excited to receive this honor for the fourth time!
2009 Fifth Element - Finalist
2011 Jackpot Viognier Roussanne Marsanne - Finalist
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