MEDIA & AWARDS

JoieFarm Named Best Winery for White Wines

Thank you to the readers of the Georgia Straight for voting JoieFarm Best Winery for White Wines in 2016. This marks the sixth consecutive win in this category as voted in the readers’ poll. We look forward to bringing you more Joie wine.

“En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir 2014 Reviews

93 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

This is from Joie’s top tier and it lives up to the billing — a highly aromatic nose of rich cherry, incense, toasted barrel spices, caramel and violets. Ripe cherry is the driving force on the palate with silky tannins, integrated spice and plenty of uplifting acidity to keep everything in check. Just a gorgeous, balanced quintessential Okanagan Pinot with its own identity and intrigue.

89 Points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 30, 2016

This is a delicious fruity ripe pinot that is not that complex but is well crafted with a good depth of flavour and fine balance. Expect aromas of black raspberry and plum fruit with nutty and leather notes and delicate oak spice. Midweight to full bodied with good length, just a tad on the flabby side with very mild tannin. Enjoy with a rare steak. Best 2016 to 2018. Tasted August 2016.

90 Points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 29, 2016

A carefully crafted, well-measured pinot noir with a velvety, tannic texture and impressive depth of flavour. The alcohol is nicely restrained and the nose is highly expressive with notes of bramble, toasted almond, tomato leaf, cherry and new leather. The palate offers elegance with fresh but unobtrusive acidity and slight meatiness. Very good length. Best 2017-2019.

92.5 Points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

Deeper ruby than the previous Pinot; spicy, vanilla oak, ripe cherry and red plum bouquet with a thread of minerality; full-bodied, dry, richly-extracted, vivid fruit flavours, beautifully balanced with great structure.

PTG 2014 Reviews

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

A classic blend from JoieFarm of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Gamay. It’s a unique Canadian wine with a nose of black cherry cane cola, plums, raspberries and a full range of savoury spices. It is juicy on the palate with some tannic structure to go with black cherry, black licorice, pepper and spice. Ripe and delicious.

89.5 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

Ruby-purple colour; cedary, spicy, cherry pit nose with a light oak note; medium-bodied, dry, cherry and cranberry flavours with a touch of tannin on the finish. Well balanced and firm

88 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 19, 2016

Passe-tout-grains is a Burgundian term for a blend of pinot noir and gamay. This is a dry red with delicate plum aromas and flavours with lemon, smoke and basil tones. It is very dry, midweight and well balanced with good to very good length. Try with Bbq sausages. Best 2016 to 2018. Tasted August 2016.

National Wine Awards of Canada: Winners Circle

National Wine Awards of Canada hosted its 2016 panel in Penticton this month. Recently released were the 2016 results, awarding JoieFarm winery four medals. Winners included:

2014 Gamay – Gold
2015 ‘A Noble Blend’ – Silver
2013 ‘En Famille’ Reserve Chardonnay – Silver
2014 Pinot Noir – Silver

Stop by the tasting room 10:00am-5:00pm daily to taste the winners for yourself, or order from our online store here.

Pinot Noir 2014

90 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016
Like a bowl of fresh-picked black cherries on the nose with well-integrated spice and earthy-savoury bits in behind. Cherry dominates the palate with added raspberry, spice and supple tannins.
89 points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 29, 2016
Highly appealing, nicely rounded with supple tannins and a good degree of viscosity. Notes of earth, dried leaf and pine needle are subtle alongside the bold cherry fruit. Very well balanced and ready to drink. Excellent length. Tasted August 2016.
91 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016
Ruby colour; spicy cherry nose with well-integrated oak; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, red plum and cherry flavours, lovely mouth-feel with good length. A charming wine.
89 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – August 23, 2016
This is a very appealing fresh youthful pinot with floral tones to the bright red cherry and raspberry fruit aromas and flavours. The oak treatment is very subtle and nicely complements the juicy wine. Well balanced with very good length. Best 2016 to 2019. Tasted August 2016.
89 points – Rhys Pender – Wine Align – July 15, 2016
A pretty floral nose with bright ripe cherry and plum fruit. The palate has great freshness and purity with lots of red berry fruit and a nice long finish.

Gamay 2014 Reviews

90 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – August 30, 2016

Such a lovely nose of plums, cherries, earth and savoury spices. It’s a fruit bomb on the palate with ripe plum, raspberry and cherry with underlying earth, smoke and spice that’s propped up by racy acidity. Suggested pairings: grilled lamb, smoked salmon and game meats.

92 points – Sara D’Amato – Wine Align – August 22, 2016

As far as global gamay goes, this is a top example and worthy of seeking out. If you love Beaujolais Crus than you’ll be blown away by this exquisite offering which is beautifully proportioned and generous in nature. Flavours are very typical but more wild and spicy than your average gamay. A touch meaty and earthy but not overwhelmingly so with notes of rhubarb, dried kale, crunchy salt, wild game and red berry fruit. Alcohol is refreshingly low but the impact of the wine is not affected. Excellent length. Tasted August 2016.

89.5 points – Tony Aspler – TonyAspler.com – August 21, 2016

ruby colour; spicy, cherry nose with a cedary note; medium-bodied, fruity, cherry ,red plum and raspberry flavours with lively acidity and a cinnamon note on the finish. Good mouth–feel.

91 points – Remy Charest – Wine Align – July 26, 2016

What’s not to like about this gamay? The fruit is bright and energetic, there’s a lovely touch of spice, great length and it’s very, very yummy.

93 points – Michael Godel – Wine Align – July 14, 2016

A gamay with global explorations that is so inimitable it founds it’s own, toute de suite, self-dissolving genre. This really sweats and wicks away the umami of gamay. It has the notion, sumptuous spice, tight, circular winds and biggest stage presence. Such a mineral palate, density and the gumption to pour with unwavering varietal swagger. Best in show. Drink 2016-2021. Tasted blind at NWAC16, June 2016.

Winery Awards

2016 Best BC Winery for White Wines – Georgia Straight Golden Plates

2015 Best BC Winery for White Wines – Georgia Straight Reader’s Poll

2014 Top 25 Winery in Canada – National Wine Awards of Canada

2014 Best BC Winery for White Wines – Georgia Straight Golden Plates

2014 Best BC Winery” – 2nd Place – Westender “Best of the City Dining

Muscat 2015 Reviews

90 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – May 12, 2016

Sourced from the winery’s home vineyard on the Naramata Bench, this Muscat will brighten the cloudiest of days with its cheerful, feminine profile of peach skin, nectarine, creamy lemon drop, sweetened flowers, grapes and light spice notes on the delicate nose and the slightly off-dry, well-balanced palate. An effortless drink and one ready to be consumed in its youth. Drink now-2018.

92 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – May 4, 2016

An exciting and unique nose of peach, star fruit, lime and grapefruit with a subtle anise note playing in the background. The sweetness works well with a broad range of exotic fruits and is balanced somewhat by the freshening, natural acidity.

92 points – Daenna Van Mulligen – Wine Scores / Wine Diva 

A wine I look forward to each new vintage. As the name suggests, there is a consistent purity to this wine, which is made from estate grown Moscato Giallo.
It bursts with provocative aromas of apricots, honey, white raisins, exotic citrus and summer blossoms. It is racy and immaculate in the mouth; again, sunwarmed apricot, honey and vibrant citrus flavours mingle on the palate. Lovely concentration, outlandishly expressive and virtually endless.

Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2015 Reviews

88 points – Steve Thurlow – Wine Align – May 21, 2016

It’s tough to make unoaked chardonnay. This is very good with a lifted nose of apple and white plum fruit with some sweet herbal and floral tones. It is midweight and dry with a herbal apple flavoured palate with good length. Try with sauteed seafood. Tasted May 2016.

91 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – May 4, 2016

The minerality is more expressive with each passing vintage of Joie’s “Chablis-esque” Chardonnay, which is crucial, in my opinion, for a stripped down, unoaked version of this varietal. It shows a range of citrus and apple notes with that lovely and fresh river-rock minerality. The apple is ripe on the palate with sharp lemon and grapefruit that pops on the finish.

88 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – May 4, 2016

Sourced from two vineyards, one situated along the Skaha Bench and Joie’s own vineyard on the Naramata Bench, this orchard fruit-infused Chardonnay is richly textured despite its lack of contact with oak during fermentation or élevage. Potent Jazz apple and tropical fruit acidity add a counter-balance to the weighty, glycerol-coated mouth feel, leaving a crisp finish where citrus peel and light spice notes linger. Enjoy this refreshing, well-made Chardonnay in its youth. Drink now-2018.

88 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – April 27, 2016

A nicely defined unoaked chardonnay, notably different from previous vintages. Fresh, unadulterated, vibrant, pure and clean. There is pep and fruit here as well which is often lacking in this style of chardonnay. Modern, pleasantly tart and wholly appealing. Tasted April 2016.

Pinot Blanc 2015 Reviews

88 points – John Szabo – Wine Align – May 14, 2016

Joie has crafted a technically spot on, clean, fresh and ripe pinot blanc here in 2015, with fresh-from-the-vat fermentation aromas of banana and green apple, and delicate white blossom florality. The just off-dry palate (8 grams of residual sugar/liter) is freshened and enlivened with the merest CO2 spritz and sufficient acids to keep things fairly tight. It makes for a light and easy-drinking, breezy patio style wine that will please widely. Pinot Blanc clearly has an affinity for the Okanagan Valley, as this well balanced, if straightforward, example shows. Tasted May 2016.

89 points – Rick VanSickle – Wines in Niagara – May 4, 2016

A harmonious nose of citrus, apple and minerality that excites the senses. It’s juicy with a touch of sweetness that highlights the apple and other orchard fruits all delivered through a polished, clean finish.

90 points – Liam Carrier – IconScores.ca – May 1, 2016

A delicious and aromatic Pinot Blanc sourced from St. Hubertus Winery’s vineyard in East Kelowna. Peach and sweet melon aromas grace the layered nose with fresh flowers, apple skin and grape seed notes adding depth. The palate has rounded edges of plump orchard and melon fruit with a tangy core of citrus acidity and steely minerality. Lime zest lingers on the long finish. Drink now-2018.

89 points – Sara d’Amato – Wine Align – April 24, 2016

This pinot blanc gives great personality to a varietal that can often be neutral. Brimming with fruit both on the intensely aromatic nose and on the palate with flavours such as melon, green apple, peach and honeysuckle. Lush and clean with only a hint of sweetness Fresh, pure and widely appealing. Tasted April 2016.