By Anna Black
Award winning wine with hand-selected grapes from the Okanagan Valley can be found in a tasting room as refreshing and modern as their extensive selection just a ten-minute drive from the USA-Canada border in Surrey, BC.
1st R.O.W. Estate Winery’s delicious and unique dessert wines are a Canadian specialty. Combining a perfect blend of Chardonnay, Muscat, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier, the Winery’s 2013 Late Harvest White “displays [an] excellent balance between sweetness and acidity with fresh and lively flavours” of citrus, honey apricots, and a candy apple finish” (1row.ca). For those craving a warm, tropical touch to contrast the frozen grapes, the 2013 White Gewürztraminer Ice Wine has aromas of ripe pear and lychee paired with tropical fruits. For intense strawberry richness, try 2014 Red Merlot Ice Wine to complement chocolate dessert or fresh fruit.
The winery offers wine aficionados a diverse selection of white and red wines ranging from $15.61 CAD a bottle up to $62.00 CAD in a slick and bright tasting room where you can choose your take-home favorites.
If want to enjoy their amazing line-up of wines from the comfort of your own home, you can also join their Wine Club. Members of the club receive six bottles of wine quarterly (can either be shipped or picked up in person at the winery) for 15% off the normal retail price, advance notification about upcoming wine specials and new vintage releases, 10% off regular priced wines, and industry tips on everything from food pairing and recipes to cellaring.
1st R.O.W. Estate wines are also available for purchase at select restaurants, wine and liquor stores, hotels, and VQA Save-On Foods stores in the Greater Vancouver area as well as in the Interior.