Uncork The Sun – Virtual Vinstitute

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country has partnered with the Vinstitute Wine School to bring you another season of educational 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. 

Season 2 continues with the next episode on July 27th…  As many are now enjoying the beauty of our province with summer vacations we are taking a temporary pause in the scheduled Virtual Vinsitutute tasting programming….amended dates will be released shortly.

Virtual Vinstitute
      • Season 2…still to come:
        • July 27th – Spice Things Up With The Rhone
          • (this will be a shortened episode focusing on the Black Hills 2015 Syrah)
        • TBA – Relax with Dessert First
        • TBA – Renew & Revitalize Your Cellar
      • Click here to read episode details below with descriptions and links to the wines that will be featured

Virtual Vinstitute

Season 2 – Understanding the Components and Characters of our Regions’ Most Loved Wines

Vinstitute Wine Schools’ Wine Educator, Moss Scheurkogel returns again to guide us through another season of wine tastings. Each episode in this tasting series showcases a different theme alongside carefully chosen wines from the over 40 member wineries of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. 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. 

Upcoming Episodes:

16 – July 27th – Spice Things Up with the Rhone

This episode will focus on the components of the Rhone Valley with characters from GSM – Grenache, Mouvèdre, and Syrah as well as Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne

17 – August 31st – Relax with Dessert First

This episode will focus on the components of aperitifs to start your evening and the versatility of Icewine, Port-Style and other “Sticky” wines

      • wine links coming soon

18 – September 28th – Renew & Revitalize Your Cellar 

This episode we will explore the components and characteristic of a dynamic cellar considers: knowing your inventory; circulating your wines; and optimizing how long you cellar your BC wines including whites, reds and dessert wines. We answer the commonly asked questions – what do you need for your cellar?

Answer us interactively with what wines do you cellar and why?

      • wines links coming soon


Virtual Vinstitute – Season 1 – Episode Details:


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:


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:


Understand why oak barrels are used in winemaking and learn how to identify the impact of oak in a wine. WATCH HERE. Featured wines:


Moss illuminates the three prevalent methods of producing sparkling wine and some of the rationale behind winemakers select their method. WATCH HERE. Featured Wines:


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

Moss discusses the five varietals that make-up traditional Bordeaux-Style wines and what each component brings to the wine. WATCH HERE. Featured wines:

Virtual Vinstitute – Season 2 – Episode Details:

12 – Everything Starts with Bubbles

This episode will focus on the components of traditional bubble using the characters of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. WATCH HERE.

13 – Celebrate warm days with rose

This episode will focus on the components of the Saignée method of making rosé using the characters of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. WATCH HERE.

14 – BBQ Season is Upon Up

This episode will focus on the components of Meritage and the popular cast of characters including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. WATCH HERE

15 – Stay Refreshed with Crisp and Fun Aromatic Whites

This episode will focus on the components lighter white wines with a cast of characters from Germany including Ehrenfeler, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. WATCH HERE