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Social Sips Ultimate Guide to BC Wine: 2021 Spring Releases

We’re doing it again! Last year’s BC Wine: Spring Release Guide was such a hit, we had to repeat it this year! I’m pleased to present the Ultimate Guide to BC Wine: 2021 Spring Releases!

You’ll notice this year’s guide is organized by month, which is different than last year. I’ve also separated each of the regions, which are linked in the menu below and anchored. That means when you click on a desired region, it’ll take you directly to the list of wineries you’re looking for.

I should also mention that release dates are not guaranteed. Bottling dates could shift and delays might happen. Please confirm exact dates with the winery if you’re looking to make an order. This guide is here to … guide. We’re simply providing a window for when your favourite BC wines will be available for sale. 

One final note… if you rep a BC winery and don’t see your wines listed, let me know. Send an email to nicole@socialsips.ca so that I can add you.

Fraser ValleyKootenaysLillooetOkanagan
(A-H)
Okanagan
(I-Q)
Okanagan
(R-Z)
ShuswapSimilkameen ValleyThompson ValleyVancouver Island

Fraser Valley

The outskirts of Vancouver is home to several wineries throughout the Fraser Valley. From Richmond’s urban jungle to Abbotsford’s farmland, each winery is unique in its own right and worth a visit.

March
Blackwood LaneLate Harvest Viognier 2019
Cab Merlot 2017
Alliance Bordeaux Blend 2015

Kootenays

It takes some effort to get to the southeastern corner of BC, but the wineries here make the journey worthwhile. Among the vines, you’ll find glistening rivers and lakes with views of snow-capped mountains.

MarchAprilJune
Baillie-GrohmanFlorence Rosé 2020
Récolte Blanche 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Pinot Noir 2019
Gewürztraminer 2020

Lillooet

Lillooet often finds itself vying for ‘Canada’s Hottest Spot’ against Lytton and Osoyoos. However, the region has cool nights making it a perfect spot for growing grapes. The contrast in temperatures allows for grapes to retain their natural acidity – a marked trait of Lillooet wine.

April
Fort BerensRiesling 2020
Dry Riesling 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Gruner Valtliner 2020
Camels White Blend
Rosé 2020

Okanagan Valley A-H

With several distinct growing areas spanning the 250 kilometre valley, the Okanagan is the province’s most notable and illustrious region. You’ll find aromatic whites growing in northern and central spots like Lake Country and Kelowna while Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, among other red varieties, are more often found in vineyards in southern areas such as Oliver and Osoyoos.

MarchAprilMayJune
ArrowleafPinot Noir 2019Bacchus 2020
Rosé 2020
Zweigelt 2020
Black Market Wine Co.Omerta Rosé 2020 
Black Market Wine Co.
(Secret Society)
White 2020
Red 2019
Frizzante NV
Black Market Wine Co. (Unsanctioned Series)Cabernet Franc 2018
Pinot Blanc 2019
Bacchus 2020Merlot 2018
CoolshanaghReserve Chardonnay 2017
Chardonnay 2018
D’AngeloGewurztraminer 2019
Viognier 2019
Vino D’Casa Bianca NV
Daydreamer WinesRiesling 2020
Rosé 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Sparkling Shiraz 2019
Cuvée 2019
Jasper 2019 (Bordeaux blend)
Dirty LaundryHush 2019
Reserve Chardonnay 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Pinot Noir 2019 Pinot Gris 2020
Dangerous Liaison 2020
Evolve CellarsRosé 2020
Spontaneity 2020
Momento 2018
Riesling 2018
Hello SomedayRiesling 2020

Okanagan Valley (I-Q)

MarchAprilMayJune
KitschMaria’s Block Riesling 2019
Rosé 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Lakeside CellarsBubbles 2020 (Sauvignon Blanc)Rosé 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Portage White 2020
LaStellaLaStellina 2020
Vivace Pinot Grigio 2020
Le Vieux PinVaïla Pinot Noir Rosé 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Syrah Cuvée Violette 2019
Petit Blanc 2020
MaverickRosé 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Renegade 2018
Blush Cider 2020
Provenance Pinot Noir 2019
Original Cider 2020
Mayhem WinesPinot Gris 2020
Gewürztraminer 2020
Riesling 2020
Rosé 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Pinot Gris 2020 (can)
Rosé 2020 (can)
Meyer Family VineyardsOkanagan Valley Chardonnay 2020
Rosé 2020
Gewürztraminer 2020
MirabelRosé of Pinot Noir 2020Chardonnay 2019
Moon CurserArneis 2020
Border Vines 2020
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Carménère 2019
Contraband Syrah 2019
Dead of Night 2019
Dolcetto 2019
Roussanne Marsanne 2019
Malbec 2019
Petit Verdot 2019
Syrah 2019
Tempranillo 2019
Touriga Nacional 2019
Viognier 2020
MoraineRosé 2020
O’Port 2019
Gewurztraminer 2020
Riesling 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Cliffhanger White 2020
Viognier 2020
Cliffhanger Red 2020
NighthawkNocturnus 2018
Cabernet Franc 2018
Pinot Noir Rosé 2020
Gewürztraminer 2017
Chardonnay 2019
Noble RidgeThe One Sparkling 2016 Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
Noble Meritage 2019
Okanagan Crush Pad (Haywire)The Bub 2017
Okanagan Crush Pad (Narrative)Malbec 2018
Riesling 2018
Pinot Blanc 2019
Oliver Twist (Nostalgia)Chardonnay 2020
Kerner 2020
Malbec 2018
Merlot 2018
Petit Verdot 2018
Rosé 2020
Syrah 2018
Viognier 2020Pinot Gris 2020
Oliver Twist
(Pin-Up)
Boogie Woogie White 2020
Chantilly Lace 2020
Pink Cadillac 2020
The Girls Rosé 2020
The Girls Red 2020
Girls White 2020
Ms. Behavin’ White 2020
Phantom CreekRiesling 2018Pinot Gris 2018Rosé 2020

Okanagan Valley R-Z

MarchAprilMayJune
River StoneMalbec 2019
Malbec Rosé 2020
Cabernet Franc 2019
Pinot Gris 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Gewürztraminer 2020
Splash 2020 (white blend)
Sage HillsAncestral Method Pinot Gris 2020
Field Blend 2020
Sémillon 2020
Syrah Rosé 2020
Cabonic Syrah 2020
Rhymes with Orange Pinot Gris 2020
Pinot Noir 2020
Cabernet Franc 2020
Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
StoneboatPinot Gris 2020
Gravelbar Chorus 2020
Rosé 2020
Summerhill (Estate Grown Biodynamic)Muscat 2020
Gewürztraminer 2020
Summerhill (Organic)Pinot Gris 2020
Syrah Malbec Rosé 2020
Merlot 2019
Pinot Noir 2019
Cabernet Franc 2018
Alive Rosé 2020
Alive Red 2019
Gewürztraminer 2020
Terravista VineyardsFandango 2020
Viognier 2020
Three SistersBench White Blend 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Pinot Auxerrois 2020
Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Viognier 2020
Pinot Noir 2019
Gamay 2019
Cabernet Franc 2019
Tempranillo 2019
Syrah 2019
Rosé 2020
TIME McWatters CollectionWhite Meritage 2020
Upper BenchRiesling 2020
Pinot Blanc 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Chardonnay 2019
Estate Merlot 2017
Rosé 2020
Winemaker’s CUTAngelica Frizzante Rosé
Musette Frizzante White
Rosé 2020
Riesling 2020 Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Gruner Veltliner 2020
Muscat Canelli 2020
Fidelia Charmat Sparkling White

Shuswap

The Shuswap is just north of the Okanagan Valley, pushing most people’s perceptions of just how far north grapes can grow. The climate here is suited to cool-climate varieties such as Marechal Foch, Ortega or Kerner.

June
SunnybraePinot Noir 2019

Similkameen Valley

The Similkameen is named for its indigenous people, meaning “people of the river.” Most wineries here are small boutique producers who often farm organically. The arid winds that blow up and down the valley help minimize the risk of pests and diseases. As a result, there’s little need for pesticides.

MarchAprilMayJune
Clos du SoleilFumé Blanc 2020
Rosé 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Pinot Blanc 2020
Capella 2019
Eau VivreBuddhafull 2018 (Bordeaux blend) 
Merlot 2018
Malbec 2018
Cab Franc 2018
Estate Riesling 2020
Cinq Blanc (white blend) 2020
Robin RidgeViognier 2020
Riesling 2020
Gewürztraminer 2020
Vanessa VineyardViognier 2020
Rosé 2020

Thompson Valley

As one of the newest wine regions of BC (officially recognized in 2018), the vineyards of the Thompson Valley thrive growing grapes such as Riesling, Marquette and Foch. The Valley boasts a small handful of wineries that are only a short 10-minute drive from Kamloops.

MarchJune
Monte CreekRiesling 2019Rosé 2019

Vancouver Island

Most of Vancouver Island’s wineries are in the Cowichan Valley. Here, the nearby lush, green mountains shield vineyards from storms brought in from the Pacific Ocean. Generally, the region boasts cool-climate varieties such as Siegerrebe or Ortega but can also grow the province’s flagship varieties like Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

AprilJune
Blue Grouse
(Quill)
Off Dry White 2020
Pinot Gris 2020
Rosé 2020
Q White 2020
Pinot Noir 2019
Q Red 2019
Syrah 2019
Blue Grouse
(Estate)
Bacchus 2020
Ortega 2020
Siegerrebe 2020
Pinot Gris 2020

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