Okanagan Wine Adventure – Black Hills Winery Nota Bene Release Party

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

We went on a little adventure to Osoyoos this past weekend. Wine? Party? Yes please!

Black Hills Winery’s Nota Bene Release Party and their new Wine Experience Centre grand opening on June 9 was part of the 3rd annual Vinos Wine Film Festival. The Vinos are the first festival combining enthusiasts from both the wine and film worlds to create an exceptional, unique experience in the Okanagan.

The Staff at Black Hills Winery managed to carry the ambience from the Vinos into their  Nota Bene Release Party this year. They paired  food, wine, music, art and even beer to create another memorable Black Hills event. 



A few properties away from Black Hills Winery Estate is their brand new $1 million Wine Experience Centre. This new addition carries on where it’s original buildings left off. The stunning design of the Centre builds on the original buildings, but it is truly more function than fashion.  Unlike any other Okanagan wine experience, guests here will enjoy traditional wine tastings and vineyard tours, along with poolside cabanas and 360 degree panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley.

The new centre will be open daily from 10am to 5pm till the end of season (end of October).


One of most memorable experiences was the trip to the Black Hills cellaring room. Candlelight and wine barrels made for the perfect ambience to enjoy a sip of a very lively Merlot (that is to become part of next season’s Nota Bene).


Back again, for his second appearance at the Nota Bene Release party was Canadian artist Jason Gogo. He has created an art collection inspired by Black Hills wine.  The artwork actually contains elements of the ingredients of the wines themselves. He has claimed a new style in the art world as a result.



Obviously no review can be without a shout out to the belle of the ball. Black Hills Nota Bene is, as always, the best of the best.

“In 2009 growing season gave us amazing ripe fruit with the great flavor and smooth developed tannins. The nose exhibits bright red fruit with plum and cassis. The rich palate displays complex black cherry, strawberry and dark cocoa. This wine has a great balance, soft silky tannin and a smooth long finish. Can be decanted and enjoyed now and has a great cellaring potential.” Graham Pierce, winemaker.



Caara Cridland and Samantha Hall of West Coast Contortion & Acrobatics entertained the crowds with their gorgeous contortion and aerial performances.


Randy Holte of Cannery Brewing, called this the “palette clearing station”.

Cannery Brewing is local micro-brewery out of Penticton that produces individually crafted fine ales and lagers. At this station there was a chance to try some of the beers that are not yet on the market, such as their Blackberry Porter or Apricot Wheat Ale. All exceptional, top quality local beer. Definitely worth a sip and a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood.


Amongst the fabulous food and wine was the live auction. Proceeds from this event benefited both BC Hospitality Foundation and the United Way. Items up for auction included delicious amounts of wine, private tastings with winemaker Graham Pierce and the ultimate 3 night stay at Black Hills Estate Lodge (complete with dinner from Chef Jeremy Luypen of Terrafina).




The Okanagan art and wine culture is one of BC’s treasured gems. A treat not only for tourists, but for locals as well.  To enjoy this event’s combination of wine and art in so many ways was a treat and testament to the genius of Graham Pierce and his Black Hills team.

The 2012 Okanagan wine season is just starting and it has so much to offer. Be sure to stop by Black Hills Winery this year on your Okanagan travels!


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