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A Taste of BC Wine: Encore Vineyards Enters Alberta Market

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TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars & McWatters Collection wines now available

[Penticton, BC]: Albertans now have the ability to taste British Columbia (BC) wines produced by ENCORE Vineyards Ltd., home to TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars, and McWatters Collection in their province without making a trip to the Okanagan. 

Harry McWatters is the CEO of  ENCORE and a 50-vintage veteran in BC’s wine industry. He has been widely credited with building BC’s wine industry into the award-winning, internationally-recognized region it is today. After knowing Cam MacCorquodale of South by Southwest Wine Imports for nearly two decades, McWatters is thrilled to announce that he and the South by Southwest team will be partnering to sell ENCORE brands across Alberta.

Each label offers a unique perspective and taste of the acclaimed South Okanagan wine region. The first wines available in Alberta include:

TIME Winery

  • 2014 Cabernet Franc Suggested retail price (SRP) $24.93
  • 2013 Meritage SRP $28.98

Evolve Cellars

  • 2014 Cabernet Merlot SRP $22.50
  • 2014 Chardonnay SRP $21.69
  • 2015 Gewürztraminer SRP $21.69
  • 2016 Pinot Blanc SRP $21.69
  • 2015 Pinot Gris SRP $21.69
  • NV White Effervescence Sparkling Wine SRP $22.49

McWatters Collection

  • 2014 Chardonnay SRP $28.98
  • 2013 Meritage SRP $28.98

About Encore Vineyards:

ENCORE Vineyards Ltd., a progressive Okanagan-based company, is home to a number of wine brands, including TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection. ENCORE provides a host of wine and hospitality services. 

ENCORE is led by president and CEO Harry McWatters, a 50-vintage veteran of the BC wine industry. Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond is the director of sales and marketing, armed with lifelong wine industry insight. Lawrence Buhler is ENCORE’s director of winemaking, who has experienced more than 16 vintages in Ontario, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina, and Australia.

ENCORE will be based in the brand-new TIME Winery facility, within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, opening in 2017. Sip the latest vintages, which offer expressive flavours of the Okanagan terroir while you explore the inner workings of a fully-functional winery. Complete the experience at the tasting bar and lounge, or with your guests on the intimate outdoor patio. TIME Winery’s full kitchen and event space provide a unique venue for your next public or private event. 

About South by Southwest Wine Imports:

South by Southwest Wine Imports is a Western Canadian wine company led by president Cam Maccorquodale. Its mission is to pursue wines and wineries that provide high quality product with fair prices. South by Southwest is dedicated to bringing in exciting and versatile wines with a commitment to top service and strong relationships. With a focus on wineries that have an environmental conscience, South by Southwest’s wine portfolio is known for its selection of sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines. 

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