Wine Shop Open 10-5:30
We will be open 10-4 Fridays & Saturdays to December 22nd
A Day with the Renowed Artist... Murray Phillips
|Saturday June 11||Trout Lake Farmers Market||9 - 2|
|Saturday June 11||River District Farmer's Market||10 - 3|
|Sunday June 12||Kitsilano Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Sunday June 12||Mt Pleasant Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Friday July 15||Victoria Public Market at the Hudson||11 - 3|
|Saturday July 16||Trout Lake Farmers Market||9 - 2|
|Sunday July 17||Kitsilano Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Saturday Aug 13||Trout Lake Farmers Market||9 - 2|
|Sunday Aug 14||Kitsilano Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Sunday Aug 14||Mt Pleasant Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Saturday Aug 20||strEAT New Westminster||4 - 10|
|Saturday October 22||Trout Lake Farmers Market||9 - 2|
|Sunday October 23||Kitsilano Farmer's Market||10 - 2|
|Friday August 12||Sardis Park, Chilliwack||2 - 7|
|Friday August 12||Fleetwood SaveOn, Surrey||2 - 7|
|Sunday Aug 14||Langley SaveOn||2 - 7|
|Friday August 26||swwassen SaveOn||2 - 7|
|Saturday August 27||South Point SaveOn, Surrey||2 - 7|
|Friday October 15||Fleetwood SaveOn, Surrey||12 - 6|
|Saturday October 16||South Point SaveOn, Surrey||12 - 6|
|Friday October 22||Maple Ridge SaveOn||12 - 6|
|Saturday October 23||Langley SaveOn||12 - 6|
|Saturday October 29||Tswwassen SaveOn||12 - 6|
10 Guitarists Battled for Glory on September 18, 2010 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California.......and the winner!
2010 Guitar Superstar Champion DON ALDER
Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver
"Don Alder In The Vineyard" was a great success,
a very enjoyable afternoon
Robin Ridge started in 1996 when Tim & Caroline Cottrill fell in love with the beauty of the Similkameen Valley. A 10 acre parcel of rocks, weeds and potential was purchased on Middle Bench Road outside Keremeos and a small vineyard was planted, initially just for Tim to produce wine for the family. The plan was to eventually grow and sell grapes (well at least that is what Caroline thought) but Tim always secretly aspired to take the next step and open a winery. Eventually, with the 2006 vintage, Timís dream prevailed and Robin Ridge became a reality.
After that small start in 1996, the rest of the 10 acre parcel was planted in the following two years. The varietal mix is focused on the classics and is made up of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer and the flagship varietal for Robin Ridge, Gamay. For the initial years, Tim & Caroline sold their grapes, allowing the vines to mature and with each year of age produce more intensely flavoured fruit. Even during these early years the potential of the site showed with Tim and Carolineís grapes contributing to award winning wines from La Frenz, Herder and Stagís Hollow. The first commercial crush at Robin Ridge didnít take place until 2006 with production of just 800 cases.
The Robin Ridge vineyard is now well over 10 years old and the Cottrillís have developed a good understanding of how to extract the most flavour from their piece of terroir. The winemaking begins in the vineyard, with regular trips through the vines to thin the fruit and reduce yields to produce intensely flavoured grapes. Tim, trained in Viticulture through Okanagan College, has chosen to grow his vines on a Geneva Double Curtain trellis. This system is incredibly labour intensive but the downward growing canopy perfectly exposes the fruit to the warm Similkameen sunshine achieving optimum ripeness and flavour.
Tim and Caroline are convinced that good winemaking is about expressing the flavours of wonderful grapes, the winemakerís role to merely tweak and emphasize what was achieved through hard labour in the vineyard. When the time came for Tim to focus on winemaking, he chose to work with the well-known Lawrence Herder to perfect his skills in the cellar. His winemaking style is based on quality rather than quantity. The low yielding fruit produces perfectly ripe grapes and Timís job is then to preserve those flavours through to the bottle. Good winemaking is not messing up the good work done in the vineyard.
WHERE TO FIND US
Robin Ridge wines are increasingly finding a home in a number of top restaurants and retail outlets throughout BC. With such small quantities produced, though, the best place to try Robin Ridge wines is at the winery. Being a small family business, you will also likely be tasting with the owners. Tim and Caroline are truly hands on Ė working the dirt, the wine and the corkscrew. The winery is a perfect stop on the way from Vancouver to the Okanagan or a short 30 minute drive from both Penticton and Osoyoos.
THE SIMILKAMEEN TERROIR
Tim and Caroline are excited to be making wine in the burgeoning region of the Similkameen Valley. This once little known area has a dry, hot climate roughly the same as that of Oliver and Osoyoos but perhaps an even more interesting story in its terroir. Millennia of advancing glaciers as well as stunning rocky hills and mountains have contributed to the complex, stony soils of the valley. It is these soils, the intense summer sun and the drying, refreshing wind that brings about such distinctive wines.