Time Lapse of the vineyard at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars looking south over McIntyre Bluff. Created by our 2013 Tasting Room Intern, David Schafer.
The Blue Mountain tasting room is open May - October, 7 days a week from 11am - 5pm.
Tasting room hours:
Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
How did you become interested in wine?
Although my country Serbia has a long wine tradition, the idea of working in the sector came somewhat later for me. As a member of dance group I have had the opportunity to travel each year to France for a tour. We visited many different wine regions and wine was served each lunch and dinner. And that is when I started understanding wine and how people appreciate and admire it. The choice to work in the wine industry was rather logical and therefore for my Bachelor studies I opted for viticulture and fruit pomology where I found a further profound interest in vine & wine. During my Master studies which I did in France and Germany, I just confirmed my passion for wine, and got the opportunity to broaden my knowledge, experience, travel and discover the beauty of the wine world.
Favourite wine region in the world?
There are so many great wine regions in the world and each of them being so special in its own and unique way. I still need and want to discover more, but if I have to name a single one, at this moment it would be Douro region in Portugal. I was really impressed by its views, vineyards, terraces, river and wine of course.
Favorite grape varietal and why?
My favorite red variety is definitely Pinot Noir! A very delicate grape that needs a lot of attention, but when properly managed it gives great wine and lot of pleasure. It is a very special variety that plays an important role in many sparkling wines, and is also used in red or rose wines. Riesling is another grape variety that I appreciate as it has great acidity which gives wines an aging potential, and it can be used for either very dry or sweet, botrytis styles. Chardonnay is the third variety I prefer, as it can be grown in many different places around the world and can express itself in so many different ways depending on the country, region, terroir or simply winemaking technique.
Similar reflection as to the question about grape varieties, as I prefer Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay wines. Besides those I also like some full bodied and more powerful reds such as Bordeaux, Australian Syrah or South African Cabernet Sauvignon. I could always have a glass of good sparkling wine as well. Some indigenous grape varieties could also give very interesting wines and reflect the country from where they come from (think of Eastern Europe...).
What you like best about being in the Okanagan?
Beside wine, I love being outside in the nature and enjoying great views and lakes.
What do you miss most from home besides your family?
As I am already four years studying and travelling in Europe and around the globe, I have become used to being away from home, but in my heart home is never far away. Most of all I miss my boyfriend (coming from the same country and the same town, but currently in France) who is with my family, my biggest support all these years. Of course I miss some of my closest friends as well.
What do you hope to learn from your experience at Blue Mountain Winery?
Besides handling and making great white and red wines of Blue Mountain winery, traditional method of sparkling wine production is something that I am really looking forward to learning even more about in the upcoming period. The winemaker Matt Mavety and his wine and life philosophy and approach to all different situations is something that I really appreciate. I am sure to learn many more things about vine & wine from him and the whole team over the 2014.
What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?
I would like to travel a bit more to gain more experience and discover other important wine regions in the world. There are three projects where I could see myself in the future and those closely reflect what I am interested in and want to do in my life:
2. Wine sensory analysis
Winemaker anywhere in the world that you most admire and why?
There is no winemaker that I admire the most. All of them that I have been working with up to now, I admire for some particularity and different reasons. I appreciate a lot their passion, philosophy, and winemaking! Being able to express yourself through wine and in the same time having great results and success is something definitely to admire!
Favorite wine memory?
I love wine tastings and I really enjoy participating in blind tasting. There are always great surprises when you don't see the outside of the bottle, rather just taste what is inside it. Every souvenir from wine cellars, likewise tasting some special or old vintages left a strong impression on me. Traveling around the world, getting to know the regions and their wines, people and wine culture of the country - that is my favorite wine memory and my passion!
Busy planning your Easter dinner? You should also think about wine pairings. Here are a few food suggestions that will perfectly pair with wines from Blue Mountain.
Smoked Salmon and Scrambled eggs or
Baked French Toast with Salmon, Bacon and Veggies
Ham with a pineapple/ orange glaze or
Apricot Glazed Ham
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Pinot Gris
Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Chardonnay
Barbecued Lamb Chops or
Garlic Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Pinot Noir
Do you have another wine pairing to recommend for Easter? Share it in the comments section below.
Approximately 100 Bighorn Sheep spend the spring in the Vaseax Lake area and many are found on the slopes and the grassy areas along the drive to Blue Mountain winery. They are a recovering herd that has bounced back after a pneumonia epidemic that reduced populations throughout the Okanagan in the late 90's. Known for their large curling horns and the charging they do during mating season these majestic beauties are placid herbivores that live 6 - 15 years.
These are all images of our resident Big Horn sheep here at Blue Mountain. Should you get any great pictures of the sheep on your way to visit us please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and post them on our facebook page. To help you identify what you are seeing, here is a sketch of the various horn shapes as the sheep age.
Classification diagram for Bighorn Sheep from Geist 1971 (Mountain Sheep: a study in behaviour and evolution)
For more information: South Okanagan Bighorn Sheep Inventory 2013
A big thank you to Aaron Reid, R. P. Bio Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.
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Carmelis is a family owned boutique dairy, which takes pride in the uncompromising approach taken to ensure the unique quality of its cheeses. The cheeses are produced on a small scale which enables them to closely monitor each and every cheese while placing an emphasis on their place’s design and its integration into nature, the landscape around them, and the quality of the environment.
Located near Okanagan Lake, some 12 km south of downtown Kelowna, close to the entrance to Okanagan Mountain Park. We desire to impart a sense of the breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley.
Wine and Cheese Pairings:
Pinot Noir & Misty - The ash coating on this cheese is bold and earthy but still creamy. Enjoy with some dried Okanagan cherries in the cooler months to bring back memories of summer.
Pinot Blanc & Chabichou - This mild, tangy cheese in its youth would be a brilliant accompaniment to Pinot Blanc on a summer's day on a deck overlooking the lake. Include some nuts and a little apricot jelly and you have the recipe for a perfect afternoon.
Pinot Gris & Lior - Nibble away at this sharp and tart cheese with a sweetness throughout. Grate onto salad and enjoy a long luxurious lunch. You deserve it!
Hours of operation:
March 1st till April 30th: 7 days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm
May 1st till October 31st: 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Since as far back as 1725 there have been recipes for making Macarons. For anyone who has tried to create these light, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside desserts it isn't as easy as reading a recipe. We are very fortunate in the Okanagan to have a master Macaron maker in local artisan pastry chef Sandrine Raffault. Direct from France in 2004, this talented chef has been creating delicious Macaron every day and sharing them with avid consumers.
Join Sandrine this year to celebrate Macaron Day —or Jour du Macaron—on March 20th and support the KGH Foundation. The annual event was started by Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé in 1995. Over the years, Macaron Day has gained international recognition as a way to fundraise for local charities while enjoying delicious macarons.
Macarons are delicate light almond meringues with delectable fillings. Personal favourites include Earl Grey and in season the Lavender and Raspberry flavours.
Any thoughts on the perfect wine pairing? Sparkling wine anyone? We've decided to pair these yummy treats with our NV Brut "Gold Label" sparkling.
Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Kelowna
1865 Dilworth Drive
Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays
Today we welcome back our Mexican vineyard workers. At Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars we have ten Mexican vineyard workers that come to the Okanagan through Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. They work our 80 acre vineyard for eight months of the year. The first group of six arrived on Tuesday, February 25th and four more will arrive later this month. This hardworking team of vineyard workers has been coming to the Okanagan to work at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars for the past 6 years. The Mexican crew has made an impact with their highly efficient and skilled viticulture techniques.
Javier Lopez, From: Puebla Antonino Mayoral, From: Oaxaca
Alfredo Calderon, From: Estada de Mexico Cirilo Jaramillo, From: Guanajuato
Lucas Garcia, From: Veracruz de Ignacio Valente Acosta, From: Puebla
Jose Perez, From: Yucatan Paulino Augulo, From: Baja California Sur
Alfonso Galindo, From: Estado de Mexico Juan Bedolla, From: Guanajuato
Thanks to all our vineyard crew for making our 80 acres look so spectacular all year long. Blue Mountain visitors, feel free to wave to these friendly faces with the big hats when you pass them on your way to the wine shop this summer.
In their new issue, Western Living has named their 6th annual collection of the best and brightest foodies in the West, "From restaurateurs who used Kickstarter to fund a new space, to chefs who brought gluten-free to the discerning masses, to visionaries who are designing restaurants that change the way we look at food, these are Western Living’s Foodies of the Year". Our winemaker, Matt Mavety is humbled to be included among them.
Here are the twelve "Foodies" that made the list:
THE HOME TEAM: Ayden, Saskatoon
THE ENTERTAINER: Cody Willis—Native Tounges, Calgary
THE LOCAL HEROES: Clark Deutscher & Francois Pilon—Hank's, Ucuelet and Victoria
THE VISIONARY: Mandel Hitzer—RAW:almond, Winnipeg
THE STATEMENT MAKER: Craig Stanghetta—STE. Marie Art & Design, Vancouver
THE PURISTS: Brett & Adam Yakimetz—Yakimetz Farm, Vegreville
THE WINEMAKER: Matt Mavety—Blue Mountain Winery, Okanagan Falls
"Here in Canada, oenophiles use the terms winemaker and vigneron almost interchangeably to describe a person who makes wine, But whereas a winemaker may buy grapes from all sorts of places, the vigneron is steadfastly connected to the land. They select the grapes, farm them, nurture them and practice tough love to draw out their true nature. And while the Okanagan has a nice complement of excellent winemakers, there aren’t many true vignerons like Matt Mavety. But it couldn’t be any other way at Blue Mountain, his home turf. Matt’s father, Ian, planted the first vines 1971, which may as well be in the Pleistocene, it’s so ancient by Okanagan standards. From the get-go the place was all about the land, and what grapes can and should grow in our climate. It was this ethos that Matt was raised on, and when he took over as head winemaker in 2002, there was scant danger of him producing a tempranillo or a cabernet with grapes from Osoyoos. It’s the difference between wanting to be a star or a steward."
THE LIBERATOR: Kerry Bennett—Care Bakery, Calgary
THE CRAFTSMEN: Everywhere, Vancouver
THE HEIR APPARENT: Matthew Stowe—Cactus Club, Vancouver
THE CONSERVATIONIST:Twyla Roscovich—Activist, Sointula
Congratulations to everyone who made the 2014 Foodies of the Year list! Click here to read the article.
If you are ever driving through the Fraser Valley on the way to the coast or the Okanagan and are looking for a great gift to take to friends and family be sure to stop just off the highway at Farm House Cheese. It is well worth the short trip into Agassiz to sample and buy these cheeses. Personal Favorites include: La Pyramide, Alpine Gold and Lady Jane. Owners George Boyes and Debra Amrein-Boyes love their special cows and goats and are proud to offer their world class cheese for your enjoyment. Debra Amrein-Boyes, a renowned cheesemaker, is one of only twelve persons in western Canada and US who has been inducted into the prestigious French Cheese Guild, the “Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie de Saint-Uguzon”, which recognizes those who protect and continue the tradition of cheesemaking around the world
Debra has also written a book for home cheesemakers. “200 Easy Homemade Cheeses recipes-From Cheddar and Brie to Butter and Yogurt” was nominated in 2009 for a World Gourmand Cookbook Award and is available for purchase in the cheese shop, in many book stores, or online. The second edition came out in September 2013.
Alongside George and Debra, their adult children continue to work on the farm and in the cheesemaking business.
5634 McCallum Road, Agassiz, BC, V0M 1A3
Phone: (604) 796-8741 or 1-877-496-8741
Fax: (604) 796-8741
Wine and Cheese Pairings:
Sauvignon Blanc & La Pyramid - an exquisite, French style goat's milk cheese, ash ripened to a complex lingering flavour. The crispness and minerality of the Sauvignon Blanc will celebrate the complexity of this unique cheese.
Sparkling & Lady Jane, similar to a French Chaource, this dense creamy cheese encased in a delicate mould has a meltingly smooth texture that calls for bubbles.
Pinot Noir & Alpine Gold - a washed curd and washed rind cheese with a golden orange rind lending a distinct flavour to the soft interior. The earthiness of the Pinot Noir will lend itself well to this smelly straw coloured cheese.