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Thank You, Ross

The entire team at Phantom Creek Estates would like to recognize and thank Ross Wise for his tireless contributions over the last 2+ years. Ross’ attention to detail and pursuit of excellence is evident...

Thank You, Ross

The entire team at Phantom Creek Estates would like to recognize and thank Ross Wise for...

Sorting Through The Certifications: Biodynamic Wine

This is the second of a 5-part series of posts covering the most common certifications found...

Sorting Through The Certifications: Organic

We’re thrilled to welcome back guest writer John Szabo, MS. This is part one of a...

Passing the MW Practical Exam

Phantom Creek is thrilled to share that both Winemaker Ross Wise and Marketing Manager Geoffrey Moss...

Renaming a Historic Vineyard

We always knew we had to change the name of Sundial Vineyard. It had nothing to...

A Journey Continues

Acclaimed Canadian wine writer Anthony Gismondi recently revisited Phantom Creek to see first hand the latest...

Olivier Humbrecht MW joins Phantom Creek

We are pleased to announce a long-term collaboration with Olivier Humbrecht MW of Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht....

A Master of his Craft

We’re thrilled to welcome our first guest writer of the year, Chef Michael Allemeier CMC. Despite...

Vintage 2017

As I write this, we only have a small number of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere blocks...

Deciding When to Harvest

Last week, we started taking berry samples from Phantom Creek and Sundial Vineyards. Each vineyard block...

Inaugural Sparkling Wine Harvest

We are kicking off the 2017 vintage this week with our inaugural sparkling wine harvest, beginning...

Managing Tannins Before Harvest

When it comes to red winemaking, there are few things as important as tannin management. Harsh,...

Trialing Palissage

We’re trialing palissage for the first time this year at Phantom Creek. With this technique, shoots...

The Old World Fallacy

New World wine regions have a tendency to liken themselves to the Old World. The idea...

On Tasting Notes

Our goal at Phantom Creek is to move past tasting notes, and focus on the emotion...

Free My Grapes: R. v. Comeau

Canadian wine law is confused and confusing. Legislation is often out of touch with how wine...

Wine Summit 2017

Photo credit: Post Hotel The Wine Summit at the Relais & Château Post Hotel in Lake...

Volcanic Wines in British Columbia and Abroad

There are many volcanic wine regions around the world, some obvious, others less so.

What’s a Volcanic Wine?

We’re thrilled to welcome our first guest writer to Pressing Matters, John Szabo, MS. His excellent book, Volcanic...

Dry Farming and Deficit Irrigation

Dry farming is not an option on the Black Sage Bench. As a result, principled and precise...

It’s Complicated: Sub-Regions

There is a sense that a mature wine region must have established sub-regions or sub-appellations. France,...

Photo Gallery: Planting Sundial

As we begin to redevelop Sundial Vineyard, the first vines are being planted by hand this week....

The Fallibility of Taste

The flavour characteristics of a wine are objective. It’s how we interact with wine that is...

Bud Break is (Finally) Here

It’s been a cool, wet spring, which delayed bud break until last week for most varieties....

Fermenting Reds in Barrel

When I hear “barrel fermentation,” my first thought goes to a high-quality Chardonnay. But increasingly that...

On Syrah

“What’s the most effective way to sell Syrah?” The industry joke nowadays: “Don’t put ‘Syrah’ on...

The Soil Doctor

We are fortunate that our activities on the Black Sage Bench have piqued the interest of...

Sorting, Seriously

After arriving at the winery, clusters are gently destemmed and the berries rigorously sorted using a...

On Fine Wine

As an MW student, you’re supposed to be able to quickly and concisely define key terms....

Photo Gallery: Spring Racking

We’re currently racking all of our 2016 barrels for the first time. The purpose of this...

Redeveloping Becker Vineyard

Redeveloping a historic vineyard is not an easy decision. Becker Vineyard was initially planted in 1977...

The Geology of Phantom Creek

Maybe it should be the Black Sage Benches. As a glacier retreated north through the Okanagan...

Ingo on Tony and Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine

Ingo was recently featured on Tony and Kasey’s Best of Food & Wine. The full interview is...

Introducing Phantom Creek Estates

Phantom Creek Estates has been over two years in the making. The journey began with the...

Pruning 101

So, why do we prune? To state the obvious, it’s important to remember that a grapevine...