Written By Gary Hynes Places / SH / Wine / Wineries & Breweries Jul 7, 2014 Welcome: Similkameen Wineries Association | Storehouse SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe editors of EAT would like to welcome the Similkameen Wineries Association to the Storehouse. We’ve always loved the Similkameen Valley with its combination of outdoor activities, great food and high quality wineries. It’s a wonderful place to visit, tour and stay. And the annual Similkameen BBQ King competition is a perennial favourite with EAT readers in the Exceptional Eats Awards.There are nine wineries in the association producing wines ranging from elegant and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc to much sought after Pinot Noir to rich and lush Meritage reds… and more. Similkameen wines are available at the winery or at good wine shops around British Columbia. We’re so lucky in BC to have such wonderful wine regions—and the Similkameen is one of our top picks. Read on to hear more and pick up a bottle or two and try them with dinner tonight. —EAT EditorsSoak up the sunshine and dare to dream while meandering through the vineyards of the family-run boutique wineries of the Similkameen. Sip award-winning wines with the winemakers while learning about their love of the land in one of the hot spots for grape and fruit wine in British Columbia. Discover for yourself why this special little wine region was named by enRoute Magazine as “one of the world’s 5 best wine regions you’ve never heard of!” This little patch of vineyards and orchards in the hot, dry and sunny Similkameen Valley is turning out some stunning grape and fruit wines.There are currently over 600 acres of vineyards in the Similkameen and a large number of orchards. In fact, the region is considered to be the organic farming capital of Canada with an estimated 42% of all crops grown organically. This is due to the ideal conditions of dry heat, long hours of sunlight and the famous wind that whips through the valley keeping out pests and diseases. The Similkameen Valley has been growing fruit and grapes for many years, but it is only recently that there has been a rapid expansion in the number of wineries. Prior to this, many of the grapes were sold to Okanagan wineries and contributed to a number of award winning wines. Now the awards are piling up for wineries in the Similkameen! Hundreds of medals have been awarded to Similkameen wineries over the past few years. On the second Saturday each July, we join together for a very special event called the Similkameen BBQ King. Guests enjoy an extraordinary summer evening savouring the award-winning wines from nine of the Similkameen wineries and nine distinguished chefs who are vying for the title of Similkameen BBQ King.Read More About The Similkameen Wineries Association on The StorehouseSimilkameen Wineries Association SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Shops / Victoria March 7, 2018 Beyond The Food Court: Fujiya From tuna sashimi to instant ramen, Japanese cuisine thrives in Western Canada. Victorians experience few barriers in accessibility to original ... Read More Restaurants / Sponsored February 23, 2018 6 Dishes You Have To Try in 2018 Do you consider yourself a foodie? If trying out new dishes is one of your favorite things to do, this article is for you. We’ll explore some of ... Read More Chefs / Events January 25, 2018 Wine, Beer, Foodie and Fun-lovers Celebrate Parksville Uncorked It’s time to raise your glass and toast the exceptional wines, beers, ciders and cuisine of British Columbia at the 10th annual Parksville Uncorked ... Read More First Look January 22, 2018 City Eats – Tofino, January 2018 Happy New Year and happy storm season. Big congratulations to Tofino Brewing Company on the opening their new brewery and tasting room at 690 ... Read More Destinations January 17, 2018 City EATS: Vancouver Island January 2018 Paul Prudhomme once said; “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” He was so right! There’s plenty of awe-inspiring ... Read More Travel / Wine Travel January 8, 2018 COWICHAN: Vancouver Island’s Food, Wine & Cultural Heartland On your drive to Tofino, you’ll pass through Cowichan. Road tripping Up Island? Sure, you’ll have to go through Cowichan. ... Read More Comments are closed.