On a recent trip to Kelowna we attended a special dinner put on by our dear friend, Aman Dosanj of the Paisley Notebook for International Women’s Day. This epic dinner celebrated Women Chefs and Women Winemakers hosted at Tantalus Vineyards. It was at this event that we met the ever-so-charming Pénélope Roche of Domaine Roche Vineyards, who was the first featured winemaker of the evening.
We’ve been loving Roche wines and carrying them at our shop for a while and we hadn’t officially met Pénélope before. We had to say hello before we left and when we did, we hit it off right away. We were quite inspired by her passion towards family, being a part of a husband and wife team, and by her firm dedication to natural, organic, artisanal farming and winemaking. On top of that, she is the mother of three! Her youngest was just weeks old at the time of the dinner!!!
Pénélope is an impressive figure in the Okanagan and we are so happy to have her join us in our little boutique family wine shop on Wednesday, April 25th from 7–9pm. It will be an intimate yet casual tasting where Pénélope will share with us her lovely Naramata Bench wines as well as share tales of their vineyard!
Pénélope and Dylan Roche share over 25 years of experience and obsession for grapegrowing and winemaking in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
The first notable thing to mention about Pénélope is that she literally grew up in a vineyard. Her family counts five generations of viticulture and winemaking at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, the family estate whose wines rival the Grand Crus Classés of Bordeaux. She brings to the Okanagan Valley her profound and holistic understanding of the grapevine’s relationship with its environment, from a winemaker’s perspective.
Pénélope’s husband, Dylan, who actually grew up in North Vancouver, studied wine in Beaune and worked five years in the vineyards and cellars of some of Burgundy’s most prestigious domaines, from the Côte d’Or to Chablis. Over six vintages in Bordeaux and four in the South Okanagan, he has built a unique awareness of the synergy of elements that create truly great wines.
Please join us to meet winemaker Pénélope Roche. Taste Domaine Roche Vineyard's delicious wines and find out for yourself why these offerings have captured the interest of local wine enthusiasts —including the rest of our wine shop family, who recognized from their very first sips that these wines were something special. We’ll also have some irresistible cheese and charcuterie selections from our favourite local suppliers. Who knows, you may just find your new favourite winery!
This is a complimentary event, but keep in mind space is limited. Please let us know if you intend to join us, so we can prepare accordingly. Please RSVP asap by using the RSVP button below and we will add you to our guest list. Let us know how many people will be in your group. A confirmation will sent by email.
We hope to see you here for our first winemaker's tasting of the year. We are pretty excited about this one!
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