BC Wine Month  

Rooted in the Similkameen

April is B.C. wine month.

Here's the latest in an ongoing series of features.

A slow meander through the picturesque Similkameen Valley, Canada’s organic capital, takes you to a 30-acre organic farm in Cawston which supplies the fresh produce for the on-site retail store, bistro, wholesale division and organic winery and cidery.

With a clear mantra that promotes food sustainability while supporting family farms and the many growers they work with. One stop here, and you’ll be able to enjoy the bistro, or licensed picnic area before picking up the ingredients you need for your own fresh creations.

Of course, being in wine country, that includes a bottle or two of organic wine or cider from the aptly named Rustic Roots Winery.

Newly bottled, two sparkling wines will soon be on the shelf: Fameuse, made with Fameuse apples, from a 102-year-old tree with a touch of Santa Rosa plums (think sparkling rosé), and Pippin, made with Pippin apples and nectarines. Cider is also a must. The apple-rhubarb cider has a hint of vanilla, perfect for a hot summer day.

As for that apple tree? Its 102nd birthday is this year, and in September a five-course organic meal will be served underneath its branches in celebration, featuring ingredients that have been harvested just a short walk away.

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