Birthday Extravaganza!!! Part 1!!!

HELLO ALL!!! Welcome to my Birthday Extravaganza!! Very recently it was my birthday, and how else was I going to celebrate other than doing a two-day wine tour? The following posts will be a 4-part series showcasing all the different wineries that I, along with my family, visited on my birthday weekend. Now some of the wineries were repeat visits so I won't be touching on those, but not to fear! There were still plenty of new visits! Part 1 will focus on the West Kelowna wineries we visited. The wineries were Mt. Boucherie, Beaumont Family Estate Winery, and Mission Hill Family Estate. Since I covered Mt. Boucherie in one of my very first posts, this one will be focusing on Beaumont and Mission Hill. 


Winery #1: Beaumont Family Estate Winery

Beaumont has had a special place in my heart since last summer when I visited for the first time. This small, family-owned and operated winery that's located in a trailer on the Westside Wine Trail is SUCH a gem that I feel not enough people know about. They've been certified organic since 1995 and have some of the most unique wines I've come across, like their White Pinot Noir and their Chilled Red.



1. Serenade Rose Sparkling

This fun Sparkling Rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir (aka two of my favourite grapes) and is just delicious! You get a lot of cranberry on the nose and it just fizzes up immediately when it gets into your mouth. It's more of an iff-dry style and is just absolutely delicious. Again you get that cranberry in the mouth but there's more strawberry present as well. This is a perfect patio sipper on a hot day.

2. 2018 White Pinot Noir

The wine that made me fall in love with Beaumont in the first place! This is a Pinot Noir, but it's a white wine because they took the skins off right away. That being said, the wine is still a touch pink, but it's still referred to as a white wine. There's a lot of green apple on the nose and on the palate, and some bright citrus notes as well. If you've never tried a red wine-made-white wine then this is the place to do it! 

3. Your Long Weekend 

This newest release from Beaumont is a blend of Pinot Gris and White Pinot Noir. I just love the peachy colour of the wine and the interesting wine label on this one! Looking at the bottle I can already tell I'm going to like this wine, and I was right! This wine tasted exactly like fuzzy peaches. It's not too sweet though, it's just enough sweetness that it's actually super refreshing! This is the kind of wine you want to chill and take down to the beach with you on a hot day.

4. Pinot Gris

This is a bit of a sweeter style Pinot Gris and I actually quite liked it because it made Pinot Gris more interesting. On the nose it was very floral and full of stone fruit, with some nice acidic citrus to cut through all that sweetness. I know I keep saying this about the other wines, but this would also be a great one out on the patio on a hot summer day!

5. Melody Gamay Noir Rose

We're starting to get into more of the dry wines here, this being a very refreshing and dry rose made from Gamay Noir. There is a lot of cranberry and rhubarb on the nose of this one and again, that's really reflected in the palate as well. This one also had a nice minerality to it as well, keeping the wine very crisp and perfect to drink on ay occasion.

6. Harmony Pinot Noir Rose

This Rose was probably a bit more off-dry than the Gamay Rose I just spoke about, but was still very good. Notes of strawberry and cherry on the nose, and I found this one to be incredibly refreshing on the palate. This is one of those Roses that would go great with a nice summer salad full of spinach, strabwerries and goat cheese, and for those of you who aren't allergic to tree nuts, maybe throw in some candied pecans as well!

7. Chilled Red

This is another one of those Beaumont wines that made me fall in love with them in the first place. This is a Pinot Noir that is meant to be consumed chilled (if you couldn't tell by the name) and they even give it to you that way in the tasting room. This one has a ton of cherry on the nose and on the palate it's cherry with raspberry. This is such an interested red wine, very reminiscent of a Gamay. According to Beaumont, this is your pizza night wine and I can't wait to try that out!

8. 2014 Pinot Noir

Maybe the real reason I love Beaumont is the fact that so many of their wines involve Pinot Noir...I may have to ponder this for a while. In the meantime, this particular Pinot Noir has lots of cherry and vanilla on the nose. It has a beautiful colour to it, with almost some rust around the edges. It's actually a bit spicy on the palate while still remaining delicate. Chris liked this Pinot Noir so much he bought 2 bottles of it! I will most definitely be helping him consume those.

9. Pinot Noir Icewine

Last, but not least, the Pinot Noir Icewine! Once again featuring my favourite grape. Is there really a better smell than Icewine? This one smells just like caramel and apricot, and even has the colour of rich caramel. In the mouth you get that same caramel and apricot, with some honey notes in there as well. The perfect wine to pair with your dessert or your dessert cheeses. 

That's all for Beaumont! I truly love this winery and encourage you all to visit if you're ever in Kelowna, or take a chance and order some of their wine online! One thing I forgot to mention is how much I love their labels. Their labels are very unique with most of them featuring a treble clef. The inside of the winery is set up to host a jazz trio and I would love if they hosted live music there, I would go all the time!

Winery #2: Mission Hill Family Estate

I'm gonna write about Mission Hill as least biased and as least speil-y as I can! I've talked about Mission Hill so many times now that I don't want to write exactly how I would talk about it. Mission Hill was the first winery I ever visited in the Okanagan and I fell in love with it immediately. The winery is stunning, the restaurant is excellent and the wine is superb. Mission Hill is kind of in it's own little world at the top of the hill. There are 3 different tasting experiences offered, and we chose to do the Behind Closed Doors experience, which involves a tour of the Estate and the celler, and then concludes with a wine and snack pairing. 

1. EXhilaration Brut Rose

Guests will come to Mission Hill and try some of our top tier wines, and without fail they will say their favourite is the Brut Rose. It's just that good, especially in the summertime! It's a blend of predominantly Pinot Noir but with some Chardonnay in it and done in the same style as Prosecco, so it has some nice bubbles that aren't too overpowering. It's literally just summer in a glass, with watermelon and strawberry bursting in every sip. This is your classic summer wine and there's a reason it sells out every year! This was the welcome wine, so it wasn't paired with anything except for a hot day.

2. 2020 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

From the Reserve collection, we started with a Sauvignon Blanc paired with a scallop. The Sauvignon Blanc is again, a perfect wine for a hot summer day. Full of lemon, lime and pink grapefruit, the high acidity in this wine made it a perfect pairing for the scallop. In fact, this wine would go well with almost any kind of light seafood, oysters in particular. The high acidity of the wine would just cut through the salty/briny aspect of the osyters and just create magic. 

3. 2020 Border Vista Rose

Coming from the Terroir collection, the Border Vista Rose is a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is just a stunning vivid pink colour! Aside from it's amazing colour, this Rose is quite nice as well. Done in a dry style, this wine is just a fistful of strawberries in your face! It's got a very round mouthfeel to it and is a very nice Rose. This was paired with a rhubarb compote topped with a bit of ricotta and once again, a perfect pairing. The high acidity of the rhubarb matched perfectly with the creamy ricotta and the softness of the wine. 

4. 2019 Vista's Edge Cabernet Franc

I'm always leary of Cabernet Franc because I either love it or hate it, but I can fully say I love the Cabernet Franc at Mission Hill. It is just the right amount of fruitiness and spiciness and herbal-ness mixed together. Nice, full-bodied with tannins that aren't overwhelming, this wine has a finish that stays with you for a long time. Paired with the Cabernet Franc was a chickpea fritter (otherwise known as a falafel) and I honestly think this was my favourite pairing! The savoury fritter was the perfect choice for an almost savoury wine! 

5. 2016 Quatrain

The big finish, the Legacy Wine! The Legacy wines are the best of the best of what Mission Hill does and the Quatrain definitely lives up to that tier. A quatrain is 4 lines in a poem and in this case represents the 4 grapes found in the blend: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This wine was aged 20 months in French oak and with how smooth this is on the palate, it shows! Full of black fruits, black pepper and violets, I would say without a doubt this is my favourite in the Legacy collection. The pairing for this wine was a prosciutto-wrapped beet jam (the normal one also has a walnut part to it, but I didn't have that because I'm no-nut-Jillian). I loved this pairing too, but I think it might just be because I love prosicutto. 

If you've never had Mission Hill wine, you've never truly experienced Okanagan wine. There's a reason they are referred to as the grand-daddy of wine in the valley. They're always releasing new wine, whether it be new vintages or new varietals and they have something for everyone!

Well Birthday Extravanganza is certainly off to a good start, and that was only the morning of the first day! Next up, we head across the bridge into East Kelowna for some new wineries for all parties involved! Special shoutout to my mom and Chris for being DD's for Birthday Extravaganza, you guys are the real MVPs!!

Whine of the day: I think every winery should have a wine and food pairing option

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  1. You should have talked about how mad you were at me for choosing Behind Closed Doors 😂

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