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Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country has partnered with the Vinstitute Wine School to create an education series of podcasts and virtual tastings. Moss Scheurkogel, the founder and lead instructor of the wine school, will guide you in learning more about the wines, winemakers, and terroir that make this region so prolific and diverse.
Virtual Tastings Series
Moss Scheurkogel is an experienced wine educator from Oliver’s popular Vinstitute Wine School. Each episode in this tasting series showcases a different theme alongside carefully chosen wines from three or four of the regions’ 44 member wineries. The sessions will allow you the opportunity to compare and contrast grape varietals, while sharing wine tasting best practices and discovering the varied nuances to look for when sampling wines. Come back and watch the episode again with a different wine and see how your experience changes.
Season 1 – Episode Listing:
1 – INTRODUCTION TO WHITE & RED Wines
Moss talks about the fundamental differences between white and red wine, showcases two exceptional wines with some intriguing similarities, and spills wine on an old book. WATCH HERE Wines featured:
2 – INTRODUCTION TO ROSE
Moss talks about Rosé wine and how these category of wine came to be, show casing three examples from the region. Almost every wineries in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country has a unique offering for rosé as you explore these iterations. WATCH HERE. Wines Featured:
3 – IMPACT OF OAK ON WINE
Understand why oak barrels are used in winemaking and learn how to identify the impact of oak in a wine. WATCH HERE. Featured wines:
4 – SPARKLING WINE PROCESSES
Moss illuminates the three prevalent methods of producing sparkling wine and some of the rationale behind winemakers select their method. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines:
5 – THE SOFTER SIDE OF RED
Moss explores Gamay Noir, a light-bodied red grape varietal perfect for summer, this grape is the sixth most popular wine grape grown in British Columbia. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines:
6 – The Versatility of Aromatic Whites
Moss introduces the classification of “Aromatic Wines” with a history of the nomenclature of Gewürtztraminer and explains what TDN means relating to Riesling. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines.
7 – The Personalities of SYRAH
Moss takes us through this wonderful varietal from Syrah to Shiraz that is so integral to British Columbia wine and grown primarily in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines”
8 – Rhone-Style Whites
Moss starts with a bit of history on wines in France and where the varietals come from before introducing the 3 most popular whites from the Rhone valley. With a surprise bonus tasting from Church and State at the end.WATCH HERE. Featured wines:
9 – Taste the Terroir of Cabernet Franc
Moss explores the influence of terroir on taste using Cabernet Franc, the parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines:
10 – PORT-STYLE Wines
Moss explores fortified wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country explaining what differentiates ruby, tawny and reserve ports. WATCH HERE. Featured wines:
11 – Bordeaux-Style Blends – September 29th
Designed to give the listener a deeper appreciation for Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country by exploring the unique intricacies of our region’s people, terroir, winemaking practices and engaging tasting room experiences. Hosted by Moss Scheurkogel, an experienced wine educator from Oliver’s popular wine school, The Vinstitute, our podcasts are released every other Friday and can be found on our website below, as well as iTunes, Spotify and other notable podcast apps. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!
Season 1 – Episode Listing
Episode 01 – Your Personal Wine Cellar
Learn how to create and maintain a personal wine cellar, discover which wines have the best aging potential and which wines should be enjoyed now
Episode 02 – Terroir
Deep dive into the specifics behind the concept of terroir – a French term referring to the environment that wine grapes are grown in
Episode 03 – Oak Barrels
Understand why oak barrels are used in winemaking and learn how to identify the impact of oak in a wine
Episode 04 – A Year of Vines
Explore the annual life cycle of a South Okanagan vineyard, breaking down the tasks, challenges and goals of a vineyard operator
Episode 05 – Planting and Phylloxera
Learn more about how grapevines are planted and propagated, addressing the most universal and devastating threat to viticulture in the history of winemaking in the process
Episode 06 – Interview with John Pullen, Owner of Second Chapter Wine Co.
Join Moss as he meets with John Pullen as they discuss some of the dynamics and nuances that the terroir of Oliver Osoyoos wine country and the effects on winemaking and wines.
Episode 07 – Harvesting Grapes
Listen in as Moss talks about the culmination of the annual farming cycle both picking and celebrating the harvest.
Episode 08 – Interview with Jennifer Busmann, Executive Director for Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country
Moss is joined by Jennifer as they discuss the signature events from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and stories and culture that make this region unique.
Episode 09 – Interview with andrew windsor, winemaker at maverick estate winery
Moss chats with Andrew Windsor who has just taken over as Winemaker and Proprietor at Maverick Estate Winery having moved from Tinhorn Creek Estate Winery and he discusses his history in the wine industry and the direction of the wine program going forward.
EPISODE 10 – INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN HALL, WINEMAKER OF NK’MIP CELLARS
Moss chats with Justin Hall of the Osoyoos Indian Band who is the first Aboriginal Winemaker in North American (probably) who is a well-known public figure in the South Okanagan wine industry