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For those of you who have lived in the Okanagan for a while, you know it's that time of the year when valley clouds dominate the Okanagan communities.
So.... to help chase the Winter blues away we are putting on a Winter Case Sale!
Organic Pinot Blanc 2014
$150/Case - includes bottle deposit, shipping extra, while quantities last!
Works out to be $12.40 a bottle and that's almost $100 off of the regular case price. Shipping extra.
Orders can be placed by phone 250-769-9224 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also use the promo code PBS16 if you would like to order this deal on our website.
Summer is in full swing in the Okanagan, with record breaking temperatures and gorgeous sunny days. It’s the perfect time to join us at Rollingdale for a picnic and a bottle of wine. Bring your own picnic lunch and pick up a bottle or a glass of your favorite Rollingdale wine, or you can purchase local cheese, crackers and spreads to enjoy on our patio. We are currently offering Kootenay Alpine Cheese and Saltspring Island Cheese as well as delicious spreads from Caramoomel.
Friendly Dogs are Welcome too!
Rollingdale welcomes your entire family to join us, including dogs! If you have friendly dogs, please bring them along to the winery and they can run in the field with Bella and Tibo. Bowls of cold water are also be available to help them stay cool.
Exciting times this spring at Rollingdale as we released our highly anticipated Estate Pinot Grigio, Marechal Foch and Estate Red. All certified organic. We also released a second Pinot Grigio with the grapes sourced from a gorgeous vineyard in East Kelowna.
2012 Estate grown, certified organic, Pinot Grigio with a clear and light gold colour. Aromas of lemon, pear and gooseberries with a hint of orange blossom, and a nice minerality of chalk and flint. Light and crisp mouthfeel with flavours of pear, honeydew melon and citrus. Balanced, mouthwatering acidity makes for a nice, long finish.
2012 Valley View Pinot Grigio
Light golden frame with an almost translucent center. Aromas of melon, straw and grapefruit with a slight hint of jasmine. On the palate there's bright, refreshing acidity with gala apple, pear, lemon and persimmon. Very palate cleansing with an abbreviated finish.
2012 Estate grown Marechal Foch
Regally purple-red in colour. Aromas of toasted wheat, ripe plum, black current and cocoa nibs. Bright, palate cleansing acidity and soft tannins give way to spicy cherry, tart blackberry, strawberry and plum flavours. Youthful and refreshing. A perfect Summer red.
2011 Estate Red
Deep, dark purple colour. Aromas of spiced cherry, charred buckwheat, forest floor and fresh beets. The palate is earthy and herbaceous with black peppered cherries, plum, fig and celery. Excellent balance of acidity and low tannins make for a very smooth finish.
You can order any these wines from this website. Be sure to check out our case club for special deals and exclusive offers available to case club members only.
Happy new year to all from the Rollingdale family. 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us here and just wanted to send out a quick note about some of the events we have coming up at Rollingdale.
2013 Okanagan Winter Wine Fest
Rollingdale with be participating in two events this year. On Wednesday January 16th, we will pouring at the Taste of Sun Peaks at the Delta Peaks Hotel Ballroom from 7-9pm. On Friday January 18th, we will be participating in the Sun Peaks progressive tasting presented by WestJet in the Sun Peaks village square from 6-9pm. The Winter Wine Festival is always a favourite for the public and industry folk alike. Sun Peaks always does a top notch job hosting this event. It's just a great week of skiing, tasting and socializing so we hope to see you there.
2nd Annual "Sip With Your Sweetheart"
Due to the overwhelming success of last years event, The Westside Wine Trail Association has decided to make this an annual event. The theme will remain the same. Each participating Winery will be offering a chocolate based treat to be paired with a complimenting red wine. This year Rollingdale will be serving a decadent chocolate cherry truffle cookie to be paired with our 2008 "La Droite" Merlot. So stop by with your sweetheart on Sunday, February 10th from Noon-4pm and enjoy a special treat with a very special wine.
Check back with us on this blog site in a week or so where Proprietor Steve Dale and I will be blogging about the power of trade and barter within the wine industry and beyond. It will be a facinating synopsys about the ever expanding world of trade.
The 2012 still wine harvest at Rollingdale is now complete. After an exceptional growing season, the end came very quickly. October 8th saw a jaw dropping free-fall in the temperature when the mercury on the crush pad hit -6 degrees Celsius, thus putting an end to the ripening of the grapes. Despite the early frost, the harvest was still of good quality and yield. Our Pinot Gris came in at a record volume with exceptional flavours and aromas. Spiced apple, melon and pear dominated the senses on the crush pad while the Gris was being processed. Our Marechal Foch had more of a staggered Harvest with the first batch taken down almost immediately after the frost, while the rest was left on the vine for a couple more weeks to develop more mature flavours and to drop some of its acidity. Our Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are still out in the Vineyard, left to suffer until the Icewine harvest. Thank you to all the people that helped our Vineyard Manager, Kyp Rowe, make this season a success.
Our road has been paved and will be open from both Stuart and Boucherie this weekend. While there is still a bit of work to be done with curbs and landscaping, the worst of it is over. Thank you to everyone who braved the potholes and wove their way through working trucks to reach us. We appreciate your perseverance and dedication to wine.
Canada long weekend. Our wine shop on Hayman Rd is accessible from both Stuart and Boucherie. It is a bit bumpy but my little car manages without any trouble. Just take your time. I hope every is enjoying this gorgeous Canada Day. Sunshine at last!
The trucks are busy on our road but they always leave a way to get through. Fotunately, we are on a quiet road so it is rare to have to wait at all. If you see a sign that says "Road Closed - Local Traffic Only" on your way to Rollingdale, please consider yourself local and drive through. The signs are in place to reduce traffic flow during road work in our neighbourhood but the road is still accessible and you are welcome to drive through. There are 2 ways to access Hayman Rd (at the bottom of Boucherie Rd and off Stuart Rd) and there may only be one open but the traffic controllers or the detour signs can direct you. Always an adventure.
If you see a sign that says "Road Closed - Local Traffic Only" on your way to Rollingdale, please consider yourself local and drive through. The signs are in place to reduce traffic flow during road work in our neighbourhood but the road is still accessible and you are welcome to drive through. There are 2 ways to access Hayman Rd (at the bottom of Boucherie Rd and off Stuart Rd) and there may only be one open but the traffic controllers or the detour signs can direct you. There will be one or two days this summer that the road is completely closed, even to residents, but we don't know when. Please call our wine shop 250-769-9224 or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions about the accessibility or driving conditions of the road. We will try to inform people through facebook and twitter of actual closures but you can always contact us directly.