Culmina News

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.

Hypothesis en primeur

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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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Yield Planning & Pruning at Culmina

Step 1: 2015 Growing Season Assessment & Vigour Analysis

Like any planning process, a solid roadmap for the future can only be put in place after you’ve evaluated where you’ve already been. Planning in the vineyard is no different. Preparing for the season ahead at Culmina always starts with an in-depth analysis of the previous growing season – more specifically, with Pascal spending a few cold winter weeks on the ATV. During the quiet cold months, Pascal drives down every other vineyard row to assess the vine health and vigour of each panel of vines in the vineyard. While passing through the dormant blocks, he assesses the vigour of the vineyard by attributing a value of 1 (low vigour) to 5 (high vigour) to each panel (or every five vines). He then uses this raw data to map out the vigour of the vineyard – both figuratively and literally. With this assessment map, he then creates a plan for the season ahead that includes decisions involving pruning, composting, irrigation, and the management of cover crops.

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Culmina Sponsors Innovative Menswear Designer Joao Paulo Guedes

We’re thrilled to be sponsoring one of Canada’s rising stars, Toronto-based Menswear designer Joao Paulo Guedes, as he launches his A/W collection during Fashion Week in Vancouver from March 14-19. The highly innovative and incredibly hardworking Brazilian-born designer has put together an incredible collection for the show. His work draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, with this collection featuring spectacularly imagined prints inspired from textures and patterns found in the microscopic natural world.

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2013 Single Varietal Reds Pre-Release

We’re thrilled to announce our 2013 Single Varietal Reds Member Allocation is now open, featuring our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Merlot. Members may login to access their Allocation here or call (250) 498-0789 to place their order. Wines will be shipped or available for pick-up at the winery as of March 22nd.

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Share the Romance

Short on Valentine’s Ideas? For every 6-bottle purchase from our Wine Boutique until January 31st, you’ll be entered to win 2 Opening Night tickets for the Art Club Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice on February 3rd as well as a bottle of 2012 Hypothesis to share on Valentine’s Day.

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Peter Vetsch: 92 points for 2013 Dilemma

Calgary-based wine writer Peter Vetsch recently rated our 2013 Dilemma 92 points, adding “This isn’t ‘good…for a Canadian wine’; this is high-end, globally competitive Chardonnay.”

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Rick Van Sickle’s Top BC Wines of 2015

Rick Van Sickle recently published his “Top 10 B.C. Red and White Wines of the Year” for 2015, which featured three (!) Culmina wines. The 2012 Hypothesis, 2013 Decora, and 2013 Dilemma were all included, alongside some exceptional company. Humbling, indeed! His full reviews are below.

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