SOAHC, West Kootenays, BC
I am still trying to figure out this name (always spelled upper case), but this is one of the most intriguing new vineyards in the country. It is located on benches above the Columbia River Valley near Creston (in what may become a VQA appellation called West Kootenays) just as the river flows into the US. It is a biodynamic site, founded by ex-Ontarian, Guelph U grad Jamie Fochuk who has assembled top consulting talent like Alain Sutre and Philippe Armenier from France. The wine is made at Poplar Grove in the Okanagan Valley. The varieties include the usual suspects for Canada – chardonnay, riesling, gamay and pinot noir. The critical results are in the “very good” range, but this taut riesling took a silver at the National Wine Awards and hit 90 points in my books when poured at a Canadian Wine Scholar course in Kelowna in February 2016.
See the full article here: http://news.nationalpost.com/wine/new-canadian-wineries-that-turned-my-head-in-2016