Monthly Archives: September 2021

Nine British Columbia Wines that you need in your collection right now

Nine British Columbia wines that you need in your collection right now – The Globe and Mail

More than 350 wineries spread across British Columbia are actively monitoring their vineyards, looking for signs that it’s time to harvest grapes to make the 2021 vintage. Vintners are keeping tabs on sugar and acidity levels – sugar levels increase and acidity decreases as grape ripen – as well as flavour and seed development in a bid to determine the best moment to bring in their fruit. This year’s harvest got off to its earliest start on record in August, but rain and
cooler temperatures have slowed things somewhat.

With more than 80 different varieties planted in more than 900 vineyards that spill over more than 10,000 acres, there’s a lot of ground to cover – and it’s impossible to make blanket statements regarding B.C.’s wine country. Conditions in the Okanagan change dramatically from Vernon to Osoyoos, which is home to more than 80 per cent of the province’s vineyards, to say nothing of differences between Vancouver Island, Fraser Valley and the Lillooet. That said, an almost-universal theme this year is that wineries are facing a third short crop in a row.

Due to unseasonably hot temperatures when grape vines were flowering, fewer clusters of grapes formed. Winemakers are happy with the quality potential they’re seeing, but they wish grapes were more plentiful. There are also continuing concerns about potential issues with the quality of the wines due to exposure to smoke created by this summer’s wildfires. Last year, the yields in the Okanagan Valley, and the other interior regions, were down by 25 per cent to 30 per cent.

Running short at a time when interest in the wines made in B.C. continues to increase – both across Canada and internationally – means that consumers will need to monitor the releases from their favourite wineries almost as closely as the vintners watched their vineyards come to fruition.

This week’s recommendations feature nine wines from B.C., many of which were tasted last week during The Globe and Mail’s Okanagan Valley Wine Tour.

Phantom Creek Estates Merlot 2018 (Canada), $42

This refined and fruity expression of merlot is produced from Phantom Creek’s vineyards on the Black Sage and Golden Mile benches in the southern Okanagan. There’s a charming mix of floral and spice notes that adds interest to the ripe core of dark fruit. A supple texture and nicely balanced structure (thanks to fresh acidity that counters the sweet ripe fruit flavours) make it approachable now, but I suspect this will reward your patience if you choose to cellar some bottles to enjoy later. Drink now to 2030. Available direct through

Phantom Creek Estates Launches Exclusive Business Club

Celebrated Okanagan Valley Winery Unveils Unique Wine Club for Businesses; Incentives Designed to Attract New Clients and Thrill Wine-Loving Employees

OLIVER, British Columbia (September 20, 2021) – Phantom Creek Estates, the premier wine destination in the Okanagan Valley, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Business Club, a wine club designed specifically to serve the interests of corporate clients.  Offering a wide variety of transferable benefits, including access to exclusive wines, entry to the winery’s stunning special events spaces, and complimentary experiences for employees and clients, the Business Club at Phantom Creek Estates represents a step up from traditional clubs.  Whether the goal is to incentivize buyers, attract new customers, or simply host colleagues at the winery’s beautiful estate, Phantom Creek’s high touch experience is sure to make a positive impression.

“We are first and foremost stewards of the land.  Our beautiful Okanagan Valley is a special place in Canada, allowing us to grow and make premium Canadian-made wine,” said Anahita Pouget, the winery’s sales and marketing director.  “We are proud of Canada’s great wine region and thriving wine industry. The Business Club is our invitation to other businesses to enjoy this gorgeous region, our beautiful spaces, breath-taking views and award-winning wines here at one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada.”

The Business Club at Phantom Creek Estates has three tiers of membership to accommodate small and single businesses as well as medium and large companies. Designated by the number of bottles included in each twice-yearly shipment, with complimentary shipping, all three tiers have access to Phantom Creek Estates’ small lot and rare wines, including exclusive access to limited releases of the prized Phantom Creek Vineyard wines.  Members also receive complimentary experiences on an annual basis, including estate tours and intimate educational tastings, seated tastings for serious connoisseurs and bar tastings in a more casual atmosphere.  The Phantom Room, the winery’s picturesque special event space that features panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley, is available to Business Club members on a complimentary basis.  Additionally, Business Club members enjoy the opportunity to purchase tickets to all winery events in advance of the public offering and are invited to an annual wine club exclusive appreciation event to mix, mingle, and network with fellow Business Club members.

To learn more about joining the Business Club at Phantom Creek Estates, please contact [email protected] or call 250-498-8367 x 121.  Located at 4315 Black Sage Road in Oliver, British Columbia, Phantom Creek Estates can be reached by emailing [email protected], or visiting


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Media contacts:  Anahita Pouget, Director of Sales & Marketing, [email protected] or Graham Macdonald, Sales Assistant, at [email protected] or at 250-498-8367. 

More International Acclaim From The Wine Advocate USA

Robert Parker report bestows stellar scores on Phantom Creek Wines

We are thrilled to have captured the attention of Wine Advocate USA. From the very beginning, we have been unwaveringly committed to producing premium B.C. VQA wines and setting a benchmark for Canadian wines, internationally

Today our passion gets rewarded with outstanding recognition from some of the most elite in the field. We are overjoyed to share with you that most of our portfolio scored 90+ points:

2018 Kobau Vineyard Cuvée94 Points“Shows great fruit, sensual texture and a big finish with ripe tannins”.
2018 Becker Vineyard Cuvée93+ Points“This is very pretty and very well crafted”.
2018 Pinot Gris90 Points“There is a lovely and fruit-driven finish that lingers nicely with a little tension”.
2018 Riesling90 Points“It’s lively and juicy, quite delicious on the finish”.

2018 Becker Vineyard Merlot – 94 Points “On its own terms, it is a big Merlot”.
2018 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée – 91 Points “This shows some mid-palate finesse, big fruit, and a focused finish”.
2018 Phantom Creek Vineyard Syrah – 91 Points – “It is a sexy beast that is rather delicious”.

2017 Kobau Vineyard Merlot – 93 Points 
2016 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cuvée – 92 Points 
2017 Phantom Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 Points
2017 Phantom Creek Vineyard Small Lot Malbec Petit Verdot Co-ferment- 90 Points

About Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates is a destination winery located on the famed Black Sage Bench of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, specializing in single vineyard Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites and the Okanagan’s benchmark varieties of Viognier and Syrah from storied vineyard sites. From the start, the winery has been guided by the long-term vision of building one of the leading family-owned wineries in Canada. Cultivated in certified organic vineyards and made by an influential international winemaking team – Mark Beringer, Olivier Humbrecht MW and Philippe Melka – Phantom Creek Estates’ wines celebrate and speak to where they are grown.

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Media contacts:  Anahita Pouget, Director of Sales & Marketing, [email protected] or Graham Macdonald, Sales Assistant, at [email protected] or at 250-498-8367.