Kick-off B.C. Wine Month with Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country as they uncork their new virtual tasting series. Starting Tuesday, March 30, the series can be viewed via Facebook Live on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Host Moss Scheurkogel from Vinstitute Wine School will lead viewers through a unique, seven-episode wine education program that aims to break down the components and characteristics of the region’s most loved wines. Monthly virtual tastings will pinpoint varietals and wine-making processes that together create iconic wines such as Meritige, Saignée and Rhône-style blends.
“We are excited to partner with Moss Scheurkogel for a second year to offer a virtual series that will help enhance our followers’ enjoyment of wine,” says Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. “In keeping with our goal to offer engaging and authentic Wine Country experiences, our virtual tasting and podcast sessions have been tailored to both share our knowledge of the region’s wines as well as introduce the people that craft them.”
The first session will focus on traditional method sparkling, featuring Jackson-Triggs’ Entourage Grand Reserve Brut, alongside a study of the single varietals that traditionally form the components of this style of wine: unoaked chardonnay and pinot noir. With virtual tastings of Liber Farm & Winery’s Unoaked Chardonnay and Ramification Cellars Pinot Noir, viewers are encouraged to purchase the wines direct from the wineries or their local wine shop and follow along.
The series continues on April 27 with a look at the components and characters of the saigneé method of producing Rosé (traditionally Cabernet Franc and Merlot); May 25 focusing on Meritage (Bordeaux grape varieties); June 29 with aromatic whites; Rhône blends on July 27; and dessert wines on August 31.
Complementing the virtual tasting series, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country revives their popular podcast series, which saw over 1,000 downloads in 2020. The series opener, available on Tuesday April 6 looks at the history of B.C. wines and features an interview with Stephen Judge from Ramification Cellars. The second episode released on Tuesday May 4 will look at the distinctions of terroir and an interview with the legendary Sam Baptiste of Nk’Mip Cellars.
Details of future episodes will be announced on social at @uncorkthesun and on www.oliverosoyoos.com.