Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Sunday, November 12 2017

Mirabel Vineyards - Video

By: Anthony Gismondi
East of Kelowna

Doug and Dawn Reimer turned their love of wine and food into a reality that many dream of, but seldom ever attain.

After patiently tending their cool-climate vineyard in East Kelowna and watching the grapes they sold win praise at home and abroad (formerly tagged as Reimer Vineyard), they made the decision to bottle their own label, Mirabel, named after the vineyard and estate. It was a long way from the former family business, Reimer Express Trucking Company founded in 1952 by Doug’s family but in many ways trucking’s need for hard, long days laid the foundation for the Reimers to make the shift to grape growing and winemaking with ease.

After finding and falling in love with a spectacular piece of sloping property that looks out over Okanagan Lake, just east of Kelowna, the couple wisely engaged the services of Okanagan Crush Pad to jump start Mirabel Vineyards as a high-quality producer of pinot noir and chardonnay. They have since added a rosé and will shortly release a sparkling wine to complete the lineup. We caught up with them on a beautiful, sunny afternoon to walk the vineyard, discuss the evolution of Mirabel, the future of pinot noir in BC and to dream just a little bit more.


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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.