5 Ways to Enjoy #BCWineMonth

Spring at CedarCreek

For those looking to enjoy our winery as a guest, we have a number of experiences to offer this Spring. Starting with a not-to-be-missed, intimate 3-course Winemaker’s Dinner, hosted by CedarCreek winemaker Taylor Whelan on April 13th and April 27th. A canapé reception will begin at 6pm, followed by a behind-the-scenes cellar tour and barrel sampling of our upcoming Platinum release wines. The evening will culminate with a 3-course dinner in our intimate wine shop, featuring our highly-awarded 2013 The Last Word.

In honour of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, we are hosting a Spring Open House May 3rd – 13th where you can enjoy complimentary tastings of our new spring releases and have a look at the exciting changes in store for our new Tasting Room and Restaurant. Additionally, the Lakeshore Wine Route is hosting its annual Unleased event in support of the BC SPCA. Visit Tantalus Vineyards, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, St. Hubertus Winery, and, of course, CedarCreek Estate Winery with your dog for treats and fun activities and stamp you “Pawsport” for a chance to win a grand prize! At the wineshop, we’ll be featuring two complimentary canapé-paired wine tastings at each winery.



Staff Profile: Winemaker, Taylor Whelan

Which CedarCreek wine is your current favourite to drink?

I am really enjoying the 2014 Platinum Desert Ridge Merlot at the moment. The ’14 Bordeaux reds in general are beautiful wines with long lives ahead of them.

What do you do to relax?

Garden, read, and cook. My ideal Sunday is to get up early, hit the garden and do what needs to get done, put on The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright and grab a book, then in the afternoon, I will find a cool wine and collect ingredients to cook a meal to pair with it. All with my lovely wife, of course.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

Very difficult to answer – Chinese is what I am focused on right now. I do love cooking coastal BC seafood, however, as it is always such a challenge to cook perfectly, which is usually a ‘cook until you think it is not quite ready, then pull it off the heat’ situation. I’m working on a great recipe for Octopus Nicoise Salad which coincidentally goes great with the CedarCreek Platinum Rosé.

Who do you admire?

Wade Davis. I first got onto him when studying Biology in Victoria. He is a BC boy as well and has worked as a writer and photographer, as well as held the position of ‘Explorer in Residence’ at National Geographic. Pretty cool title. He seems to have an incredible amount of integrity and passion for his work, which is the study of cultures and how they interact, specifically with plants. Check out his Massey Lectures or the book ‘Serpent and the Rainbow’ for more on him.

You’re a fan of craft beer, which brewery is your favourite?

Being from Vancouver Island I have a soft spot for places like Hoyne and Driftwood, but right now I think I am really liking some of the Four Winds beers we can get in Kelowna. I recently tried the Fortunello which was just an excellent experience all around.



Taylor and the CedarCreek team will be participating in the 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival.  Stop by and say hi in the International Festival Tasting Room March 1 – 3rd or at the sold-out Decanter World Wine Awards seminar on Saturday, March 3rd.









Top 5 Gifts for Every Type of Wine Lover
Need help finding that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, but want to give a little more than a bottle of wine, we've got the gifts for everyone on your list and the wine pairing to go with them!

All gift ideas can be found in our Wineshop, open daily from 11-5pm or call in to order a special gift basket or wine pack for your loved one.


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Staff Profile: Platinum Club Manager, Leigh Varga

If you weren’t a Wine Club Manager, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a Wine Club Manager, I would most likely be working the travel industry. I’m an avid traveler and try and sneak away as much as possible. I actually enjoy the planning and researching part just as much as the actual traveling and love helping friends and family plan their vacations.

What is your favourite hiking spot in the Okanagan?

I definitely can’t pick only one favourite hiking spot so here’s my top three.

  1. Big White in the Summer – This hike and the view at the top is stunning! The trails are well marked, there is a great spot to stop and enjoy a picnic, you can go for a refreshing dip in Rhonda lake if you need to cool down, you can take the chair lift down and the best part, the well deserved cold beer in the village after.
  2. McIntyre Bluff in Oliver – This is an absolute must if you live in the Okanagan- I highly recommend it in the Spring when all of the wildflowers are in bloom! The trailhead starts just behind Covert Farms Winery and is a lovely 10km hike with a very rewarding view of the surrounding vineyards, orchards and lakes.
  3. Pincushion Mountain in Peachland – This has been my go-to hike for many years. It’s challenging but the view at the top is breathtaking and so worth the climb up. My reward when I’m done, is sitting by the water at Bliss Bakery in Peachland and enjoying a breakfast croissant (or two…)!

What is your favourite wine & cheese pairing?

This is a tough one because I love all cheese and all wine! But many years ago when I was traveling through Spain, I admitted to my server at a restaurant that I had never tried Manchego cheese. A few minutes later he brought me a whole plate of it along with a huge glass of Tempranillo and said it was his favourite cheese and wine pairing and he was spot on, it was heavenly!




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Video: A day with CedarCreek's Winemaker, Taylor Whelan, visiting our Desert Ridge and Haynes Creek vineyards in Osoyoos, BC.

Winemaking History in the Okanagan: Join us as we take a look back at winemaking history in our own backyard, from Kelowna's first winery to the first Okanagan Fall Wine Fest and more!