Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is one of BC’s leading wineries, both from the perspective of the premium wines it produces, from the more than 100,000 tourists that visit the winery each year and from the leadership it has shown in embracing an environmentally responsible program from the top to the bottom of its operations.
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located on Black Sage Road south of Oliver, B.C. The infrastructure consists of a winery that produces approximately 30,000 cases of wine each year, a 60-seat restaurant, an 11 room Guest House including a 25-meter pool, an all season hot tub, and 136 acres of producing vineyard on the 140 acre property. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has been awarded numerous awards for each of the 8 wine varieties that it produces
Under the leadership, direction and vision of Proprietors Jim and Midge Wyse, there has been a commitment to environmental and ecological sustainability since the inception of Burrowing Owl Vineyards in the early 90’s. This is evident from the name that was chosen for the vineyard when it was first purchased in 1993 – Burrowing Owl Vineyard. The Wyse’s chose the name when they learned that the little owl may have lived in the area at one time, but has since become an endangered species and is only rarely found in the region today. As a counter measure, winery patrons are asked to donate $2 for each wine tasting and all proceeds are given to the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of BC for their captive release program for burrowing owls and to SORCO (South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls). In 2007, more than $50,000 was donated to these two organizations.
BURROWING OWL VARIETALS AVAILABLE AT PESCATORES…
Generous aromas of pear, apple, and honeysuckle, tinged with hints of lychee and exotic spices. On the palate, the apple, pear and honeysuckle aromas continue on, providing beautiful intense, expressive flavours, with a gentle minerality that ensures the wine finishes clean and fresh.
Pescatores Wine Guru suggests pairing Pinot Gris with:
~Our Famous Seafood Salad & Fresh Dungeness Crab Dinner~
A dark plum core with a bright fuchsia rim give a sultry, elegant appearance to this vintage of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s Cabernet Franc. The elegance continues on the nose with chalky chocolate overtones that welcome you like an old friend, and an abundance of truffle and forest floor characters with a slight hint of ripe black cherries.
The chocolate and forest floor continue on the palate with silky soft tannins and a voluptuous finish. The balanced acid will carry the wine for the foreseeable future. Decanting is recommended for the greatest enjoyment. Drinkable 2011 through 2018.
Pescatores Wine Guru suggests pairing Cabernet Franc with:
~Filet Mignon with Chef’s demi-glace & Fondue for Two featuring three Callebaut Chocolates~
The 2008 growing season was cooler than normal for the Okanagan Valley. This resulted in a slower ripening of the Pinot Noir fruit, generating fantastic varietal character. The wine has a nice bright terracotta core with a raspberry rim appearance. The nose consists of red forest fruit, and subtle earth tones long associated with Pinot Noir. On the palate, the earth and forest fruit continue to dominate with refined silky, elegant tannins and balanced acidity. The wine has a beautiful mid-palate and such persistent flavour that you will not want to share it.
This wine will drink well until 2013. Only 2,214 cases were produced.
Pescatores Wine Guru suggests pairing Pinot Noir with:
~Seafood Platter with House Smoked Fish & Scallop Carbonara~
The 2008 merlot vintage features rich aromas of dark cherry, gooseberry, cassis and additional red berry fruits; it also shows nice mineral flavours including slate and stone essences, along with hints of nutmeg, spice and mushrooms. The wine has a dark plum core with a vibrant ruby red rim. A noticeably full mouthfeel with silky tannins, balanced acidity and an elegant finish, ensure good age ability. Red berry fruit flavours with hints of tobacco and dark chocolate persist on the palate along with subtle oak characteristics. This wine can be enjoyed in the next 6 – 9 months, preferably with decanting. Recommended cellaring is 5 to 7 years.
Pescatores Wine Guru suggests pairing Merlot with:
~House Smoked Albacore Tuna Loin & Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon~
A deep, dark purple core with a vivid violet rim greet you with beautiful aromas of cassis, black currants, blackberry, truffles and complex earth tones with a hint of tobacco and clove. Tannins are silky and elegant with a rich ripe full and round palate. The earth tones, cassis, currants and truffles continue onto the palate, with hints of chocolate and ripe red fruits leaving a clean, long finish. Drink mid 2011 through 2020, with longer aging possible with proper cellaring. Decanting is recommended for optimal enjoyment.
Pescatores Wine Guru suggests pairing Meritage with:
~Beef Carpaccio & Our Weekly Surf And Turf Selection~