Poplar Grove Penticton Gets Lt. Gov. Award + Naramata TailGate
Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2009 We are excited to announce that we won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wines for our Cabernet Franc 2009! On July 26, 2012, the honourable Steven Point and 35 members of the Vancouver Consul Corps visited Poplar Grove to present us with this esteemed award.
A big congratulations to Ian Sutherland, Stefan Arnason & Nadine Allander, our winemaking dream team!
The Cabernet Franc was set be released on September 1, 2012… but due to popular demand we have released it a little early. The wine is now available in the tasting room or order here online.
Dropping Our Tailgates Once Again
The Naramata Bench Wineries are dropping their tailgates on Saturday, September 8th for the Okanagan wine party of the season. It's our let-your-hair down, pop-some-corks and have a lot of fun event. This year will be a bigger and better event than ever before. That's right,in additionto 21 wineries pouring their wines, there will be great food; live music by Shane Philips; dancing; and a Salmon Showdown featuring some of the Okanagan's best chefs. And if that is not enough, there is also an after party, the Super Gate, which picks up where Tailgate leaves off, but only 100 tickets are available. Think of it as a VIP after-party with our winemakers, winery owners and guest chefs. There will be an oyster bar, exclusive and elusive wines to taste, and more food and music.
Tickets Main Event Tickets: 5:30 - 8:00 PM ~ $89. Super Gate Tickets: 5:30 - 10 PM ~ $155. includes After Party.
Would the biggest wine bottle in the cellar please step forward?
The Poplar Grove wine making team is going to test the age-old adage that bigger is always better! A limited number of magnums and 3 litre bottles are being made for wine lovers who are looking for celebration wines or special additions to their cellars.
The magnums of Poplar Grove Merlot and Poplar Grove Legacy will be available in time for this holiday season. Wine Club members will find these party size bottles in the online Wine Club cellar, right next to the other bottles of back vintage, sold out and limited release wines!
Tomatoes from our vineyard garden are on the menu
This year Vanilla Pod’s Chef Bruno Terroso and Poplar Grove’s Viticulturist, Valeria Tait teamed up to plant heirloom tomatoes in the garden just behind the winery. Valeria was excited about this joint project saying, “we are using the garden as an indicator of what kind of farming year it will be for the estate vineyards. If it is a great year for tomato vines then it will generally be a great year for grape vines”.
Valeria planted a total of 80 heirloom tomato cultivars and though we lost a few with two unexpected cold snaps, we still have 53 gorgeous plants to harvest from in the coming month. Chef Bruno is looking forward to working with fresh out of the garden tomatoes as these are one of his favorite foods to play with “just add a little extra virgin olive oil, basil and a sprinkling of sea salt and you have a dish that tastes like more”.