2019 Vintage Report

2019 Vintage Report

February 04, 2020 4 min read 2 Comments

2019 was a very difficult vintage. Under typical conditions, we often receive the gift of at least 60 days of cool, slow ripening “hang-time” that makes our wines intensely flavoured while maintaining their bright acidity. Over the past 15 vintages I have branded the signature style of JoieFarm Winery on this natural privilege afforded by a cool climate, lake-moderated desert. In our 16th vintage, however, our normal ripening patterns were interrupted by almost continuous rain, punctuated by an abrupt freeze... 
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A Noble Blend - 15 Years Later

A Noble Blend - 15 Years Later

October 28, 2019 5 min read 15 Comments

In 2004, A Noble Blend was the very first wine made at JoieFarm. Fifteen years later, I want to remind people of the initial inspiration behind it, talk about the rich history of Alsatian blends and how this very traditional style of wine continues to be relevant today, especially in the context of diverse West Coast cuisine. 
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Pairing Wine with Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes

Pairing Wine with Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes

September 18, 2019 3 min read 2 Comments

Heidi reflects as a chef, sommelier and winemaker on the rise of plant-based cuisine and how to best pair wines with vegan and vegetarian dishes. While traditional European food and wine pairings rely heavily on fat, cream, butter and other animal products, modern plant-based cuisine presents new challenges... but also opportunities!
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Orange is the New Rosé

Orange is the New Rosé

August 08, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

Joie was among the first BC wineries to make dry, European-style rosé. More than fifteen years later, we’re still using skin-contact to make innovating wines. And in case you haven’t yet heard: Orange is the new Rosé! Learn more about how this ancient style of winemaking is making a comeback and why orange wines can offer so much more texture and personality than their traditional white and rosé counterparts.
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August Alfresco Lunches in the Vineyard

August Alfresco Lunches in the Vineyard

July 26, 2019 1 min read

Like us, Joy Road Catering believes good food and fine wine should be celebrated together, so we're pairing up three Sundays in August for three-course vineyard lunches (with wine of course) among the vines. Come taste Okanagan terroir at its finest and freshest! 
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Chardonnay - The "Can Do" Grape

Chardonnay - The "Can Do" Grape

June 28, 2019 2 min read

Accessible bubbly with everyday appeal and price point. Crisp, snappy flavours and mouth-wateringly juicy acidity. The elegance and sophistication that made Burgundy such a famous wine region. Thanks to the special nature of our Con Vida Vineyard, Joie is able to offer all these distinct styles of Chardonnay to please you, whatever your tastes. 
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