bout it, they had to take full-time courses. Both went to
Harper's Trail Estate Winery. This was the first of the four Kamloops wineries (two still under development) to open a tasting room this summer. Owned by business couple Ed and Vicki Collett (he runs a mining equipment company), Harper's Trail has made a significant bet in a region thought to be marginal because of the cold winters. So far, most of the varieties in the 29-acre vineyard have made it through five or six winters.
The flagship varietal here is Riesling. Three of the 10 wines released in 2013 were Rieslings, including a commendable late harvest wine. The dry Riesling was a 91 point favourite. I was also surprised by the vibrant 90 point Cabernet Franc. The other releases, 89 and 90 pointers, included Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, a Field Blend White and a rosé.
It looks like the Kamloops wineries have their anchor tenant.
winery is owned by Ed and Vicki Collett, a longtime
Their savings have been invested in 50 acres of vines planted on three mountainside benches. They have added a state of the art winery. For their winemaker, they recruited the talented Pascal Madevon, formerly the winemaker at Osoyoos Larose Winery and have backed him up with top flight consultants. With no money or effort being spared here, we can expect more great wines from Culmina.