Media Mentions


Rick Van Sickle

“Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling Okanagan 2009 ($29, 91 points) —The nose is replete in lime, peach, flinty minerality and a hint of petrol. It’s made with 10.5% alcohol and explodes with flavour on the palate. Mineral, tart citrus, quince, grapefruit and bracing acidity that suggests a youthful wine that will evolve for years to come. At the high end of elite Rieslings, from what I have tasted, in the Okanagan.”


Rick Van Sickle

“Not a lot of wine couples have their feet as firmly planted in as many places as Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble.

There’s Niagara, of course, with Sperling crafting the wines at Southbrook Vineyard, and Gamble as the winery consultant at Ravine Vineyard (he was also part of the startup team at Stratus and consults with the excellent sparkling producer Benjamin Bridge in Nova Scotia and, along with Sperling, has a small seven-acre Malbec vineyard near Mendoza in Argentina).

You wonder how there’s any time at all to add the Okanagan Valley to their frequent flyer plan.

But with the Sperling Vineyards project, a vineyard Sperling grew up on and her family has farmed for 150 years, there has been a steady commute between Ontario, Nova Scotia, Argentina and Kelowna...”


Christopher Waters

“4.5 stars (out of 5)  Sperling Vineyards 2009 Old Vines Riesling Okanagan Valley  Sourced from some of the original Weis 21 vines imported to Canada from the Mosel in 1978, this Old Vines Riesling showcases intense fragrance and tantalizing, concentrated fruit flavours.  Made in a focused off-dry style, this youthful white is still tightly wound, suggesting its best  drinking days lay ahead.  That said, the vibrant key lime and citrus fruit and refreshing mineral finish make it an enjoyable, refreshing drink right now. (CW)”



Sperling Vineyards, East Kelowna

Nearby, at an ever so slightly higher altitude with a grand view south down Lake Okanagan, lie the Sperling

vineyards - first planted to table grapes in the 30s, then to marechal foch in the 60s, to riesling in 1978, to

gewurztraminer in 1987, and more recently to pinot gris. It is snapshot history of the development of the B.C.

wine industry. The land has been in the Casorso family hands since the mid 19th Century, the story unfolding in

a museum beside the general store, tasting room and retail shop on Pioneer Road. This is where Ontario

winemaker Ann Sperling (South brook) grew up, and she has launched a 2,500 case winery based on the unique

setting. Part of what makes it unique is very diverse soils within the site, including a limestone seam beneath the

oldest vines. The Sperling 2011 Old Vines Riesling is among the most concentrated and riveting in the country.

I also was very taken with a new 100% pinot blanc Sparkling Brut 2008 aged three years on the lees that is

being released this fall, as well as a classy 2011 Pinot Gris, and the new, low-alcohol, cleverly named Sper-itz

made from bacchus and perle of casaba. There is some seriously good viticulture and winemaking going on

here.”                                                                                                                        David Lawrason


David Lawrason

Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling VQA 2010

Sourced from 1.67 acres of riesling planted in 1978 on a limestone seam, this shows a great nose of petrol, lime, quince/pear, spice and an exotic minty greenness. It's broad, creamy and richly textured with great seam of stony acidity. It ends with terrific grip and mouthwatering intensity. The length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted August 2012. 92 points  DL

Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling VQA 2011

Tasting Notes: Notes of key-lime pie, and hints of quince open to a broad entry on the palate. Flavours of citrus and pom-fruits narrow and tighten to a refined, tart, and mineral finish, with just enough residual sugar to balance.

This vintage delivers another riveting riesling from a 1.67 parcel of old vines planted on a southwest facing ridge in East Kelowna. When tasted beside the 2010 in the summer of 2012 it was more youthfully reserved with considerable grapefruit and lime on the nose and palate, but there is some pear, petrol and honey as well. It is mid-weight with great acid tension and energy. The length is excellent. Best 2013 through this decade. Tasted August 2012. 92 points   DL


Daenna Van Mulligan

Annual TOP 100 (+12) for 2012

Our Market White 2011 was included!

“Each year I filter through thousands of reviews to find the best wines I've tasted over the course of the year.
In my annual TOP 100 you'll find my Top 100 (+12) picks, which have scored 89 points or higher on my sister site!
These wines are all $20 or Less!”

Here they are, my TOP 100 (+12) for 2012!

*These wines are listed as $20 or less. Prices may vary at some retailers and in some provinces.


BC Wines: Top 25 List from the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Sperling Vineyards Old Vines Riesling VQA 2010; No. 12 at 93 points

“I’ve been tasting through hundreds of wines for the last few months to select my top 25 wines from British Columbia. This isn’t based solely on numbers, but rather on a broader view of a range of styles and grapes. In fact, wine scores taken out of context are meaningless.

I hope that this list will provoke debate, even controversy, as that’s what we need to kick-start a national conversation about the great wines that we produce in this country.  What’s easy is sniping from the shadows; what’s hard is taking a stand in the public spotlight for your convictions. For those who disagree, I say: bring it!

This is a list that will be updated regularly, so I encourage wineries and wine agents to get in touch with me to have their wine considered for evaluation if I have not yet tasted it, including more recent vintages ( I did consider BC’s other regions aside from the Okanagan Valley.

Next week, I’ll publish a list of my top 25 BC value wines, those bottles that tend to be more modestly priced but over-deliver on value and taste. You can also find  video interviews with John Skinner of Painted Rock Winery, Ann Sperling of Sperling Vineyards and a complete directory of BC wineries with pictures, wines produced, history and hours....”

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