Mother’s Day and Rose wine have become synonymous in our family.

There’s no better way to honour the woman who gave birth to you, the mother of your children or your grandma than spending time together over glasses of pink.

If someone, preferably one of the men in these great ladies lives, decides to barbecue some chicken, salmon or pork tenderloin to go with the Rose, so much the better.

My mom lives in Ontario, so, unfortunately, there will be only a phone call tomorrow on Mother’s Day to wish her well, express my appreciation and find out what Rose (probably Fielding Estate Winery Sparkling Rose) she’s drinking and what my dad is barbecuing.

My two grandmas are long gone, so cheers to them in heaven.

My wife, Kerry, the mother of our two kids, Alex and Grace, will be sipping B.C. Rose all the way.

I say B.C., rather than just Okanagan, because the scope of this spring’s Rose drinking has broadened to Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley.

You can’t go wrong serving any one of these seven pretty pinks for Mother’s Day, or any other day, for that matter.

– Okanagan wine drinkers have probably never heard of Blue Grouse Estate Winery from Duncan on Vancouver Island.

But, we should start paying attention because Vancouver Island producers are making some stellar cool-climate wines.

And the Blue Grouse Quill Rose ($21) is a prime example.

Made from the light red Gamay Noir grape, the resulting Rose is a refreshing burst of ripe strawberries.

– When it has to be bubbly, the Pink Effervescence ($20) from Evolve Cellars in Summerland does the trick.

This charmat-method sparkling is uncomplicated and fun with aromas and flavours of juicy peach and raspberry.

– Evolve’s non-bubbly Rose 2018 ($17) is a pink packed with watermelon and cherry aromas and flavours.

– Another Rose featuring the Gamay Noir grape is Haywire Rose 2018 ($23) from Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland.

It serves up strawberry and cherry brightness with a slightly herbal finish.

– Also from Okanagan Crush Pad is Narrative Rose 2018 ($20), a strawberries-and-cream classic pink.

– Singletree Winery has operations in both the Fraser Valley (Abbotsford) and the Okanagan (Naramata).

The Singletree Rose 2018 ($19.50) is made from grapes grown in the Fraser and has a delicate raspberry-strawberry-cherry profile.

– The Singletree Reserve Rose 2018 ($26) is bigger, more complex and made from Naramata Merlot.


Round two of The Tasting Games this week was won and lost over the 2017 Bernard Series Chenin Blanc from South Africa.

Chenin usually isn’t oaked, but this one was, throwing off most of the experts and audience members at the mystery wine tasting event.

However, both reigning B.C. sommelier of the year Matthew Landry from Vancouver’s Stable House Bistro, who was on the experts panel, and audience member Shanyn Ward, got it right as part of a mystery tasting of five wines.

The two went on to win round two and qualify for The Tasting Games finale May 21 back at East Kelowna Hall.

There they will be joined by the top expert and audience member from the two other qualifiers in Oliver earlier this month and Penticton next week for a showdown between the six winners and audience members.

Tickets are $68 for the Penticton qualifier and $79 for the finale at


The name of this big and beautiful Newfoundlander dog is Steve, so I absolutely had to take a picture of him with his human Brittany Turner.

The two were at the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival’s Unleashed event last weekend that allowed humans to bring their pooches to wineries on the Lakeshore Wine Route – Summerhill Pyramid, St. Hubertus, Tantalus and Sperling.

My wife, Kerry, and I toured the four wineries as well to sip while our adorable Bichon Frise-cross, Benji, enjoyed organic treats and sniffed other dogs.

This is the final weekend of the 12-day spring fest, so get out there and enjoy more wine and events.

A full schedule of events is at


This afternoon’s Main Event tasting of the Great Okanagan Beer Festival, noon to 5 p.m., in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park likely sold out.

With hundreds of suds lovers wandering the park it’s the biggest annual beer event in Kelowna.

If you can't get tickets there are still ways to get a brew fix.

Fest sponsor, The Train Station Pub, has a pre-game brunch today from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a Patio Parking Lot Party and Official After Party from 4-10 p.m.

$20 tickets for the parking lot and after party at


Steve MacNaull is The Okanagan Weekend’s business and wine reporter and columnist. Reach him at

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