Cheers to SpierHead, winner of best new winery!

It is quite obvious that we at WineCollective LOVE wine, and everything about wine! We are passionate about discovering new, and unique wines from all over the world. We also love sharing all kinds of wine news with our members, especially when we get the chance to congratulate one of our favourite B.C. producers.

SpierHead Winery in East Kelowna, has won the honour of 2012’s Best New Winery of the Year presented by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Awards.  Along with this great accomplishment, SpierHead also won silver and bronze medals for several of their wines. The 2010 Pinot Noir was awarded a silver medal, the 2010 Chardonnay and the 2010 Pursuit both received bronze. Many more of our BC favourites were also recognized.

SpierHead’s Riesling has also received great acclaim, and is worth picking-up if you can find it. Western Living listed SpierHead as one of six new wineries to visit. On a recent visit to SpierHead I learnt the unfortunate news that most of their single varietals, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are sold out. You can still purchase the popular blends, Pursuit and Vanguard as well as their Pinot Noir at the winery.

Hard at work, sampling the fruits of SpierHead’s labour. Note that all the photography and artwork by co-owners Brian Sprout and Virginia Stanton is available for purchase. Photo credit: Judy Bishop- The Travelling Eye

If you have the chance to visit SpierHead, I highly recommend stopping by.  They are located in Kelowna, and have a beautiful setting and picnic area to enjoy while the weather is still accomodating. The tasting room staff are delightful and full of great information on the area and wines, of course.

I can’t forget to mention, the most important member of the SpierHead family, Corky. Corky is the winery dog, who even has a wine made in his honour (only available upon visit to the tasting room)! No visit to SpierHead is complete without playing “chip and fetch” with any golfers’ best friend; Corky will retrieve golf balls pitched into the field on SpierHeads property.

Corky, the most talented, golf ball-fetching winery dog in the Okanagan.

If you aren’t lucky enough to visit SpierHead this year, make sure to visit them online. You can join the SpierHead Winery Wine Club and start receiving shipments from the Okanagan’s Best New Winery of the Year!

Bill Knutson, co-owner of SpierHead, and myself enjoying the August weather in the shade of the winery. Photo credit: Judy Bishop- The Travelling Eye.