Date: Jul 15/15, Wed Time: 13:00:00-16:00:00 Style: Drop-In
Popular Grove Portfolio Tasting - Tony Holler, President and majority owner of Poplar Grove Wines, was on hand to guide our members through his portfolio of eight different wines.
Poplar Grove Winery is located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench, a premier wine growing area just outside Penticton, British Columbia. One of the original 5 wineries on the Naramata Bench, Poplar Grove was founded in 1993 when Ian Sutherland dedicated 2.5 acres of land to the planting of Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The first vintage was released in the fall of 1995, with the Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc receiving top honours at the Okanagan International Wine Festival. Over the past 19 years, Poplar Grove's vision has remained the same: to make world-class wines that reflect the spirit of the Okanagan Valley terroir. Each year, the wine making team handcrafts the Poplar Grove wines with care, being true to their mandate to guide the winemaking process with little or no interruption of the natural process.
In 2007, Tony Holler became Poplar Grove's majority owner and President, with Ian Sutherland and Barrie Sali completing the new ownership team. The Holler family brought with them 110 acres of prime vineyard sites located throughout the Southern Okanagan Valley, appropriately named Holler Estate Vineyards. The addition of the new vineyards allows Poplar Grove wines to be made from 100% estate grown fruit. The viticulture team supports the estate vineyards by practicing a sustainable farming program that works with the complexity and variability of the individual vineyards resulting in grapes that are the optimum expression of the local terroir. Ian Sutherland continues as the Executive Winemaker at Poplar Grove. In 2008, Stefan Arnason took on the position of Winemaker and in 2011, Nadine Allandar was named Assistant Winemaker. Together the wine making team hand-crafts wines from the quality fruit harvested from each of the estate vineyards with the goal of guiding the process to allow the true expression of the fruit to shine through.
The following wines were available for sampling:
2014 Poplar Grove Pinot Gris
2011 Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay
2014 Poplar Grove Viognier
2014 Poplar Grove Blanc de Noir
2011 Poplar Grove Merlot
2012 Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc
2012 Poplar Grove Syrah
2011 Poplar Grove Legacy
Wow, what a selection!