Wine aficionados celebrated the release of the second vintage of Rustic Roots Wineries Pioneer Series on Sunday August 14, from 3-5 p.m. Starting with a wine tasting in the wine shop, patrons followed up with a presentation and celebration under the historic Fameuse apple tree.
A new wine and family will be showcased each vintage building this amazing series of delicious, award winning Similkameen Wine!
The first tribute was made in the Spring of 2010 to the Manery Family, with the release of a beautiful apricot dessert wine.
The second wine in this series is a tribute to the Barcelo family with the release of the Similkameen’s first Sparkling, Fameuse Frizzante.
Emanuel Barcelo left Guaymus, Mexico as a teenager to drive cattle from Mexico to the South Western States. As a packer for miners, he passed through the Similkameen valley while following the Cariboo Gold Rush. Along with his family, they settled at the foot of Barcelo Canyon in Cawston in 1881. On his extensive land holdings he raised cattle and bred beautiful light horses and in the 1890s he built a hotel and a two story house near Olalla. Descendants of Emanuel and Lucy Barcelo; Donna Carter, Sherri Woodland, Stewart Barcelo and Charlie Nash are proud of the family’s contribution to B.C. and the Similkameen. The Ranching legacy has continued with Donna and Bud Carter running the Cedar Creek Ranch and Charlie Nash raising Cattle and Horses. As Barcelo Canyon overlooks Cawston, the Barcelo family stands in history as true pioneers to the Similkameen.
Fameuse Frizzante Made with apples from the almost century old apple tree that was planted by Samuel Manery in 1916. It is blended with 30 per cent Santa Rosa Plum to create a bubbly that is slightly off dry with nuances of apple blossom, candied apple finishing with beautiful acidity and creamy bubbles.
Be sure to collect each of these “Pioneer” wines before they sell out!