There is nothing so fine as good wine shared with great friends. When we got a call from some dear friends in Alberta saying they would be coming by for a short visit, our first thoughts were – “the house is a disaster!” “where can we eat?” and “what can we show them of Creston?”
The house part was not a problem as we were going to eat out. The eating part was fairly easy as there are several good restaurants and coffee shops. I talked to a couple of locals and Jimmy’s Pub on Canyon Street was recommended. The last answer came easy as well. Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard which is very close to our home.
The Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard, has been a family operated winery since 2007. Owners, Al and Marlene Hoag, planted and grew the vineyard and use all their own grapes in the beautiful wines we tried. A couple of the specialty wines also use apples or cherries from the neighbouring orchards.
Susan runs the Tasting Bar and offers a plethora of knowledge on the estate grown handcrafted Kootney wines that the Skimmerhorn Winery offers. Tours are also available June through September. The Tasting Bar is open April to December. Times are listed on their web page at www.skimmerhorn.ca
What a gorgeous day too! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the amazing views.
When we arrived we found Susan busy cleaning up walnuts after the wind in the morning had shaken the big tree out front. She let us pick some too. Imagine that, Walnuts. We have to let them dry in a warm place for 3-4 weeks before eating.
The wine tasting was in the cozy Tasting Room.
The little room also has a big wood fireplace, perfect to curl up with a nice glass of wine and warm conversation. It leads to the outdoor patio and spectacular views of the Percell Mountains and Creston Valley.
Some of the Awards they have earned this year were Gold Medal for 2014 Gewürztraminer and Gold Medal for 2014 Autumn Tryst at the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition 2015 (Michigan)
Raising a toast and enjoying a glass!
Dreaming of a White Christmas, but if the White runs out Red is good too!
These are a few favourites of mine. If you have been to the Skimmerhorn Winery I would love to know what ones you chose.
The following information can be found on the Skimmerhorn Winery web page found here.
The 2014 Autumn Tryst: The scent of orange blossom and peach is followed by a striking peach and watermelon palate. The superbly balanced sweetness and acidity create a smooth and lingering finish. Enjoy this distinct wine on its own or with pork and chicken dishes. Sweetness Code 3
The 2014 Kootenay Crush “Kootenay Crush” is an unusual blend of Pinot Noir, Ortega and Gewurztraminer. This wine delivers the stunning aroma of rose petal and lychee fruit. The fruity palate has notes of pear, peach and mandarin orange giving way to a crisp and lingering finish.
The Old Koot This garnet-coloured, fortified port-style wine has dark chocolate and cherry aromas with smooth, velvety flavours of sweet plum, black current and cherry. A classic after-dinner drink that pairs well with robust cheeses and rich chocolate desserts.
All in all this was a wonderful visit and we all thoroughly enjoyed the winery. I highly recommend a visit to Skimmerhorn, if you are a connoisseur of good wine or just starting out on your wine journey. It was a warm and welcoming place, full of information, stunning views, and tasty wines. Next time I would love to go on the tour. You can find more information on the Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard web page. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow and like their page and tell them your favouite Skimmerhorn Wine.