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Sunday Sessions

Introducing our newest experience at Culmina Family Estate Winery: Sunday Sessions.

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2014 Hypothesis Now Available ‘En Primeur’

We are delighted to announce that our 2014 Hypothesis is now available to purchase ‘En Primeur’. For only two weeks, full cases of the vintage may be purchased at special ‘En Primeur’ pricing. This specialty pricing will end when the ‘En Primeur’ closes on April 2nd, while the wine will be shipped in September in conjunction with its official public release.

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Elaine’s Beef Stroganoff Recipe

During the cold winter months, sometimes you need something comforting and warm to enjoy while curled up in front of the fire. Elaine’s Beef Stroganoff Recipe, tried and true for many years, will tick all the boxes for delicious comfort food.  Try it paired with any of Culmina’s Red Bordeaux-Style wines or our classically styled Chardonnay, Dilemma with Ceasar Salad for what is sure to be a fantastic pairing and surefire crowd-pleasing hit.

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2013 Hypothesis Launches To Critical Acclaim

After what seems like an eternity, and having undergone judicious evaluation by the entire team to determine its current state of readiness, the newest vintage of Hypothesis is finally ready for release.

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2016 R&D Rosé Blend Awarded 91 Pts from Rick VanSickle

Shortly after winning a Judges Selection at the recent Cascadia Wine Competition in Oregon, noted Ontario wine writer and critic Rick Van Sickle has scored the 2016 R&D Rosé an exciting 91 points.

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2015 R&D White Wins Double Gold

Great news from Oregan, the 2015 R&D by Culmina White Blend has just garnered a double gold medal at the Cascadia Wine Awards. The Cascadia Wine Competition, now in its 5th year, brings together the best in wine from the Pacific Northwest. This year the competition included judges from Washington, Oregan, Idaho and British Columbia as well as Sheri Sauter Morano, a Master of Wine from North Carolina and New Orleans broadcaster/journalist Tim NcNally.

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2013 Hypothesis Now Available ‘En Primeur’

We are thrilled to announce that our 2013 Hypothesis is now available to purchase ‘en primeur’. For only two weeks, full cases of the vintage may be purchased at special ‘en primeur’ pricing. This specialty pricing will end when the ‘en primeur’ closes on March 30th, while the wine will be shipped on September 1st in conjunction with its official public release.

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The Big Taste Festival

March 3-12th 2017

Join proprietor Don Triggs Saturday, March 4th at the Deane House in Inglewood for a 5 course menu paired with Culmina Family Estate wines, including the 2012 Hypothesis and a preview of the 2014 Merlot. We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Chef Jamie Harling and Sommelier Bruce Soley at this sister property to the River Cafe.

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We Are Hiring!

We are currently hiring for two positions. Interested in joining our team? Read on for more information.

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A Great Start to 2017

We received some great reviews to ring in the New Year. It may be sold out at the winery, but both John Schreiner and Anthony Gismondi had high praise for our first release from the Number Series, Nº 001 Haut-Plateau Riesling.

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Warmest Holiday Wishes from Culmina!

Thanks to all of our supporters for a wonderful year. We’re looking forward to the year ahead, beginning with a celebration of Canadian wine at the Vancouver International Wine Festival in February 2017. All the best from our family to your’s for this holiday season.

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2016 Vintage: The Reds

The 2016 growing season had a unique progression in comparison to other recent vintages. The warm spring – with aggregate temperatures nearly double any other spring on record at the winery – resulted in earlier than average budbreak. However, those who visited the Okanagan may remember a moderate summer that didn’t call out for the beach like previous years.

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2015 Decora: 92 Points from Jamie Goode

Acclaimed UK-based wine writer Jamie Goode recently scored our 2015 Decora 92 points, his highest rated wine from judging at Gold Medal Plates Victoria.

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Introducing the Number Series

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce the Number Series with the release of Nº 001 Haut-Plateau Riesling. This new tier in our portfolio will feature limited production wines that showcase the best of our research and development from any given vintage. The result: each number in the series will be unique, and may only be released once.

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Unicus Wins Best in Show at Gold Medal Plates in Edmonton


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We’re thrilled to announce that the 2015 Unicus (Grüner Veltliner) won best in show at Gold Medal Plates in Edmonton. We were paired with Chef Shane Chartrand of Sage Restaurant, who took home bronze for his ‘Charcoal & Smoke’ dish featuring charcoal sablefish and cold smoked albacore tuna. His dish was simply stunning:

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2014 Dilemma Member Release Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce that our 2014 Dilemma Member Release is now open. Members may login here or call 250.498.0789 to access their Allocation of this highly anticipated vintage of Dilemma.

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Jean-Marc Enixon Joins the Fold

Don, Elaine & Sara are thrilled to welcome Jean-Marc Enixon as Vineyard Manager & Winemaker at Culmina.

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Win Tickets to Billy Elliot!

Purchase 12 bottles from the 2016 Spring Pre-Release Member Allocation to enter to win tickets to the Opening Night of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Billy Elliot on May 18th. Take advantage of complimentary shipping with a purchase of $175 or more.

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2016 Spring Pre-Release Now Open!

We’re excited to report that the 2016 Spring Pre-Release is now open, featuring the 2015 vintages of Unicus (Grüner Veltliner), Decora (Riesling), and Saignée (Rosé). Members may login to access their Allocation here or call 250.498.0789 to place their order. The new releases will be shipped or available for pick-up as of May 3rd.

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2014 R&D Red Blend Released in LCBO Vintages

We’re thrilled that the 2014 R&D Red Blend will be released in LCBO Vintages stores on Saturday April 16th. Ontario residents can find our latest vintage of R&D Red Blend at their local LCBO by clicking here.

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