“Kamloops isn’t much of a wine town”
Hitting the Kamloops Wine Trail
And talking Mushrooms with Bill Jones
“Kamloops isn’t much of a wine town”.
That was the first comment I heard from my old home town when I asked 8
It was a great wine town but they didn’t have any investment in the wine
Now they have their own wine region (Thompson Valley) and more wineries on
We visit :
Harpers Trail –
The first winery. Opened in 2012.
Owners Vikki and Ed Collett take us through the years to today’s portfolio.
(their Ace-in- the-Hole is Consulting Winemaker Michael Bartier)
They haven’t just built a winery, they’ve created a destination.
And they’re not done yet! More construction coming. Even better wines as
John and Debbie Woodward are the Proprietors of Privato Winery.
John was a specialist in growing trees for landscaping, thus he was ready
made to do the same with vines.
Debbie is just a force!
Nobody tells the story of Kamloops and Privato better.
She’s the accountant, the marketing department and is all over harvest and
This year alone Privato won:
Gold – 2014 Woodward Collection Tesoro Pinot Noir – All Canadian Wine
Best Pinot Noir – 2012 Grande Réserve Pinot Noir – BC Best of Varietal
Silver – 2014 Woodward Collection Tesoro Pinot Noir – BC Best of Varietal
It’s a Ranch. Not a winery that decided to sell itself as a ranch.
Their ranch has 65 acres of vines planted at two estate vineyards, Monte
Creek and Lions Head, as well as an impressive herd of cattle, and horses.
Their fine winemaker is Galen Barnhardt who grew up in the Shuswap region
but has travelled the World learning his craft.
One walk through this winery and you can see a serious commitment to the
future. Great destination.
Ten minutes outside Kamloops, conveniently on the highway to The Okanagan
Very well done. Wish we were going to Sun Peaks with you in January with
Bill Jones – Deerholme Farm
and we visit Chef/Author Bill Jones at Deerholme Farm on Vancouver Island.
Bill wrote the book on foraging for mushrooms.
That season is almost upon us..Bill gives us a primer!
Shrooms my friends…they’re coming!
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
- Victoria Wine Festival
- Planeta and Boutinot pour in Vancouver
- A Mark Anthony Tasting featuring
- Penfolds (Oz)
- Mission Hill (BC)
- Adelsheim (Oregon)
- Brotte Domaine Barville (France)
- Brumont Chateau Montus (France)
- Gunderloch Fritz’ Riesling (Germany)
- Henkell (Germany)
- Barone Ricasoli. The oldest winery in Italy and second oldest in the World
and where the recipe for Chianti Classico was developed. The history of
Italian wine in a bottle.
- Vanessa Winery raises the bar in the Similkameen
- With winemaker Howard Soon