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Road Trip 2015

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Beauty, art and design have produced one of the Okanagan's finest vineyards and wineries. Add in some amazing wines and you have heaven as I define it. Just the drive among the vines to the vineyard was spectacular.

A lovely drive through the vineyard up the hill to the winery

We were met at the door by Sara Triggs our host who very capably lead us on a tour of the vineyard, winery facilities and our wine tasting experience. Sara has a nack of making wine tasting a real joy.

Sara provided a wealth of information about the soil, vines, sunlight, weather and more. Rigorous scientific study and research went into the selection of the land for the vineyards and the grapes chosen. Each block was carefully planted in the best location for the grape varietal.

I was honoured to have Mr Donald Triggs come out to the vineyard to chat, Barbara meanwhile was out of the heat visiting with Mrs Triggs.

It was then on to the crush pad where Sara explained the entire process used at Culmina. I was introduced to the Delta Oscillys. This destemming process operates without beater shaft nor rotative cage. It uses an ample swinging motion of the one or two cages to separate the grapes from the stems by inertia. From there we visited the tank room another carefully designed room, using today's technology.

An incredible winery, great people and as expected good wines, in fact, the wines actually exceeded expectations. The tasting began with the Unicus 2014 made with Gruner Veltliner from their Margaret Bench vineyard. This was followed by the Rose` Saignee 2014 a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent. Their Decora is a Riesling, delicious. Then on to an amazing red, The Hypothesis 2012 -rich and bold. Barbara fell in love with it and purchased 2 bottles, one for her 75th birthday in November and one for her 80th five years down the road. A cellar to be proud of ! Please see Roberts Selections for wine reviews.

All good things come to an end, it was time to move on to the next grand Okanagan winery.

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