Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country launches 2021 Podcast and Virtual Tasting Series

Increase your wine knowledge and appreciate while you uncork the sun at home

On Tuesday March 30th, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will kick start B.C. Wine Month with their 2021 Uncork the Sun Virtual Tasting Series, accessible to all via their Facebook Live platform, on the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm.

Returning host Moss Scheurkogel from Vinstitute Wine School will lead viewers through a unique, seven episode wine education program that aims to break down the components and characteristics of the region’s most loved wines. Monthly Virtual Tastings will pinpoint varietals and wine-making processes that together create iconic wines such as Meritige, Saignée and Rhône-style blends.

The first session will focus on traditional method sparkling, featuring Jackson-Triggs’ Entourage Grand Reserve Brut, alongside a study of the single varietals that traditionally form the components of this style of wine: unoaked chardonnay and pinot noir. With virtual tastings of Liber Farm & Winery’s Unoaked Chardonnay and Ramification Cellars Pinot Noir, viewers are encouraged to purchase the wines direct from the wineries or their local wine shop and follow along.

“We are excited to partner with Moss Scheurkogel for a second year to offer a virtual series that will help enhance our followers’ enjoyment of wine,” says Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. “In keeping with our goal to offer engaging and authentic Wine Country experiences, our virtual tasting and podcast sessions have been tailored to both share our knowledge of the region’s wines as well as introduce the people that craft them.”

The series continues on Tuesday April 27th with a look at the components and characters of the saigneé method of producing Rosé (traditionally Cabernet Franc and Merlot); May 25th focusing on Meritage (Bordeaux grape varieties); June 29th with Aromatic Whites; Rhone Blends on July 27th; and Dessert Wines on August 31st.

Complementing the Uncork the Sun Virtual Tasting Series, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country revives their popular podcast series, which saw over 1,000 downloads in 2020. The series opener, available on Tuesday April 6th looks at the History of British Columbia Wines, and features an interview with Stephen Judge from Ramification Cellars. Episode #2, released on Tuesday May 4 will look at the distinctions of terroir and an interview with the legendary Sam Baptiste of Nk’Mip Cellars. Details of future episodes will be announced on social at @uncorkthesun and on www.oliverosoyoos.com.

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