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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. These tastings will showcase 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.
Plan ahead for the wines you want to drink while watching the Facebook Live series, below are the wines we will be showcasing with links to purchase direct from the winery.
5 – THE SOFTER SIDE OF RED – July 7th
6 – The Versatility of Aromatic Whites. – July 21st
7 – The Personalities of SYRAH – August 4th
8 – Rhone-Style Whites – August 18th
9 – Taste the Terroir of Cabernet Franc – September 1st
10 – PORT-STYLE Wines – September 18th
11 – Bordeaux-Style Blends – September 29th
Previous Episodes – In Case You Missed Them
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:
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!
Episode 07 – Harvesting Grapes – July 17th
Episode 08 – Interview with Jennifer Busmann, Executive Director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country – July 31st
Available Now on the Podcast Channel
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, 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 twinemaking and wines.