Written By Guest Writer Edibles / Okanagan / Pantry Jul 23, 2013 For Poplar Grove Cheese – A Clean Slate SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPoplar Grove Winery began in 1993 and was one of the first five wineries on the Naramata Bench. In 2002, owners Gitta Pedersen and Ian Sutherland decided to try making cheese, and Poplar Grove Cheese was created. A cult following soon developed for both their artisan wines and hand-made cheeses. In 2007, a business decision was made to split the winery and cheesery. Ian Sutherland, Tony Holler and Barrie Sali became the new ownership team of Poplar Grove Winery, allowing them to expand and build a new state-of-the-art winery which opened in 2011. Gitta Pederson took over sole ownership of Poplar Grove Cheese, which includes the smaller wine-making facilities on-site as well as a six acre vineyard of proven vines.Top photo by Amber GoodwinGitta Pederson and her staff make only four cheeses: Naramata Bench Blue; the sinful Okanagan Double Cream Camembert; Harvest Moon Washed Rind, which is made specifically for the cheese connoisseur; and Tiger Blue, a rich, blue-veined cheese with a bite. Poplar Grove cheeses sell-out as quickly as they are made and, despite demand to become bigger, Gitta has chosen to remain an artisan producer. “I have always loved making cheese and want to remain small, so that I can focus on making hand-crafted cheeses and not on running a big operation.”Wanting to continue the tradition of having small artisan wines made on-site, Gitta entered into a new partnership with Ross Hackworth of Nichol Vineyards fame and Matthew Sherlock, who leased the on-site winemaking facilities, to create Clean Slate Wine. Ross and Matt focus on making artisan wines that express the grape varietal and represent the place in which they are made. “Our wines are fruit-driven, and we want to make wines that our customers are able to enjoy immediately,” says Matt. Clean Slate Wine’s cabernet franc and merlot are made exclusively from Gitta’s estate vines. The rest of their tiny portfolio includes a sauvignon blanc and a gamay rose. For Okanagan wine connoisseurs, the release of Clean Slate Wine’s first vintage was eagerly anticipated and did not disappoint. Their wines were also quickly snatched up by many of Vancouver’s top restaurants, including L’Abattoir, Hawksworth, Vij’s, Edible Canada Bistro, and Salt Tasting Room.Poplar Grove Cheese and Clean Slate Wine jointly operate the tasting room; this allows visitors to enjoy the perfect pairing of local cheese and wine. During the week, guests can also enjoy seeing the cheese being made on-site. With Clean Slate Wine making only 650 cases annually, your best hope of buying a bottle is to visit the winery. If your idea of perfection is cheese, wine, and maybe a baguette, Poplar Grove Cheese and Clean Slate Wine is a must visit in Naramata.1060 Poplar Grove Rd., Penticton, 250) 492-4575cheeseOkanaganWine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.