Rocky Creek Wild Blackberry wins TWO double gold medals at national and international competitions
Well, we are still a bit overwhelmed by the great result at the All Canadian Wine Championships. A double gold was the absolute best result we could ever have hoped for. The other competition we have traditionally done very well at is the Northwest wine summit. Results haven't been posted online yet, but the organizer, Parks Redwine, emailed me our results today. I'm waiting for clarification on one item, but there is definitely more good news.
I'll use a true Canadianism... I think I'm getting a double-double... :)
more to follow.....
Well, our Wild Blackberry has always been a great wine, but the latest vintage is definitely our best. We just found out it won Double Gold at the All Canadian Wine Championships and is the Best Soft Fruit Dessert Wine in Canada this year.
Full results of the competition can be found here: http://allcanadianwinechampionships.com/acwc-2016-results/
Congrats to the other Vancouver Island wineries who are also bringing home medals - Blue Grouse, Silverside, Enrico, Unsworth and Beaufort Winery.
Well, last year was surprisingly early and this year has been even hotter, and our vines are ahead of last year even.
Bud break was about the same time as last year, but April was very warm (warmest that even veteran grape growers on the island can remember) so our vines have been growing like crazy and are already getting ready to bloom in some cases.
I've almost caught up on vineyard work after our struggles in the early parts of this year - looks like everything is progressing nicely.
Well, winter is over, and spring is here in full force. We've bottled our whites and rose's, and will be releasing them over the next couple of weeks.
In honour of Mother's Day, we are releasing our newest wine - TLC. TLC is a white blend of Viognier, Albarino, Ortega, Kerner, Siegerrebe, and Pinot Gris.
TLC is named after Linda, whose name means "tender and caring".
I'll be pouring both TLC and our latest vintage of Siegerrebe at the Duncan Farmer's Market this Saturday!
Well, this is cool.
After 2 years of struggling with our old website, trying to keep it fresh and up to date (and sometimes even struggling just keeping it working) we decided to go in a different direction and completely update our site.
What is surprising? Well Linda has always been the one wanting to drive the creative content, but has had a hard time getting the programmers to turn her vision into bytes...
This time we've found an option where Linda did all the design work / programming herself, so the website is totally under her control and we can change *anything* we want about it on the fly.
I'm so proud of the job she did on this, I think it's a huge step up from the sites we paid for, and it looks way more professional.
Linda, busy programming at her desk
This weekend we had a good opportunity to be a family team and spend time with each other. We attended the Christmas show and what a busy weekend. We met so many people and want to take the time to say how great it was to meet everyone. We also had a good time with all our neighbors and fellow wineries and distilleries. It was a long day but the spirit was there and we are very happy to be a part of the artisan section. The venues of farmer's markets and craft shows fits into the local flavour and sustainability of our wines. We are so thankful that it is well received by the people attending. We took the time to really make it festive and our daughter Katherine did a great display of our theme of silver and white. Cheers to the season and this weekend really put us in the mood. Time to keep decorating.