May 11, 2017
Okanagan Life Magazine’s May 2017 issue features the Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Award Winners. We were blessed to receive four awards for the following wines:
Gold – Other Red (Over $25) – Holy Moly 2014
Silver – Bordeaux Style / Meritage Red (Over $25) – Nothing Sacred 2014
Bronze – Other Dry White – Bible Thumper 2015
Bronze – Chardonnay – Swear to God 2015
For the full article, pick up the May 2017 issue or download a digital copy.
May 4, 2017
We are so proud of the talent we have in the cellar along with our hard working vineyard team - and all their passion has paid off! Winemaker Elaine Vickers was presented with numerous wine awards at the Best of Varietal Awards. They are:
Best of Varietal – Holy Moly 2014
Gold – Nothing Sacred 2014
Gold – Cross to Bear 2014
Gold – Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Gold – Rosé 2016
Silver – Mixed Blessings 2016
Silver – Pinot Gris 2015
Silver – Big Bang Theory 2015
Silver – OMG Sparkling 2012
April 14, 2017
Our Winery Store is now officially open, welcoming wine believers from 10AM to 5PM every day.
New this year are two heavenly picnic areas for you to casually enjoy sipping Blasted Church wines at. One overlooks our breathtaking vineyards, and the other is by our serene poolside.
Even more exalting is that the Okanagan’s legendary Stoked Embers Wood Fire Pizza will be operating full blast at Blasted Church throughout the entire spring and summer season! Perfection!
Do drop by Blasted Church next time you are in the glorious Okanagan. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends!
April 12, 2017
The Okanagan Falls Winery Association was please to host wine critic John Schreiner at our OFWA Spring Launch for a sneak peak of our 2016 vintages, as well as some of our earlier vintages. He took the time to share his notes on our wines:
Blasted Church OMG 2012 ($24.90). This sparkling wine is 66% Pinot Noir, 22% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Blanc. It begins with aromas of pear and apples that are echoed in the flavours, along with a hint of brioche from the yeast lees. The finish is crisp. 90.
Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse 2015 ($17). This is a 10-grape blend: 22% Gewürztraminer, 21% Pinot Gris, 20% Viognier, 13% Optima, 8% Ehrenfelser, 5% Pinot Blanc 4% Chardonnay, 4% Chardonnay Musqué, 2% Orange Muscat and 1% Riesling. The wine, as a result, is a big, delicious fruit bowl. 90.
Blasted Church Pinot Gris 2015 ($20.50). This is a crisply dry wine, with aromas and flavours of melon and green apple. The finish is refreshing. 89.
Blasted Church Big Bang Theory 2015 ($19). This is a blend of 50% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, 9% Lemberger and 6% Syrah. Here is an accessible red, ready for the barbecue this summer. The aromas and flavours of cherry and blueberry mingle with generous, toasty oak. 90.
Blasted Church Nothing Sacred 2014 ($45). This is the winery’s flagship Bordeaux blend: 40% Merlot and 20% each Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a full-bodied wine with aromas and flavours of blackcurrant, blackberry, and spicy fruit cake. 92.
For the complete article, visit John Schreiner’s blog.
July 11, 2016
Join us on Saturday July 16, 2016 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street, Vancouver as we celebrate Pride with a unique sampling.
Assistant winemaker, Evan Saunders, will educate guests on the limited edition wines, Holy Matrimony and Marital Bliss which proudly celebrate contemporary wedding scenes on each bottle’s label.
There will also be a miniature chapel for attendees to partake in their very own mock wedding ceremony officiated by our Blasted “Minister". Guests that take a “wedding” photo and post to social media will be entered to win many great prizes, including Dinner for Two at The Keg Steakhouse + Bar and will be given a “marriage” certificate which will entitle them to 10% off participating Blasted Church wines at Marquis Wine Cellars during the event.
This is an event you won't want to miss! RSVP on Facebook
Check out our Instagram for #BLASTEDPride contest details!
Can't make it to Marquis Wine Cellars to get your Holy Matrimony & Marital Bliss? Visit our other retail partners:
Denman Wines & Spirits / Highpoint Beer Wine Spirits / Toby's on Commercial Drive / Swirl VQA / Viti Wine and Lagers
Dollarton Liquor Store / Jack Lonsdales Beer & Wine / Everything Wine North Van
Port Moody / Coquitlam / New West / Burnaby:
Jakes Crossing Liquor Store / Quayside Wines / Bainbridge
Squamish & Whistler:
Sea to Sky Liquor Store / Blackomb Liquor Store / Nesters Liquor Store
January 22, 2016
Blasted Church Vineyards is delighted to announce their winery’s sponsorship support for the 24th annual edition of the 2016 Whistler Pride & Ski Festival.
“The LGBT community has long been a big fan of our church, and we find that this is a lovely opportunity to give back, and say thank you to this cherished community” says Blasted Church Vineyards co-owner Evelyn Campbell. "We also look forward to crashing many Whistler Pride events to see firsthand what all this fantastic buzz is about!” she added.
Concurrent to this endeavour, Blasted Church is also launching a very special limited edition wine that proudly celebrates two contemporary wedding scenes. One version will be called “Marital Bliss” and the other, “Holy Matrimony”. Both wines are identical and feature a festive marriage of Pinot Blanc, Ehrenfelser, Viognier and a whole lotta love. Only 500 cases produced. The wine will be available exclusively in select restaurants and wine stores across British Columbia, as well as via Blasted Church’s online wine store.
“We anticipate a fast sell out of this inaugural edition of Marital Bliss and Holy Matrimony wines” states Brent Hayman, the winery’s Sales Manager, “and I’m confident that you will see many more exciting initiatives from Blasted Church as our relationship with Whistler Pride grows mutually richer through the years”.
For more information relating to Whistler Pride
Media Relations, Community
2016 Whistler Pride & Ski Festival
Ph: 604 288 7218
For sales information relating to Blasted Church Holy Matrimony and Marital Bliss Wines
Blasted Church Vineyards
Ph: 604 803 5326
November 30, 2015
Seeking the perfect Christmas gifts can be a stressful mission. Let’s finally agree once and for all that gold, frankincense & myrrh are bewildering Christmas gifts. Gold is good, but what to do with the other two? Can one re-gift frankincense & myrrh?
Gift shoppers are much wiser to seek unique, and more treasured items for this Yuletide Season.
Consider either of our two euphoric offerings: the 12 Yeahs of Christmas selection, or our Answered Prayers gift pack. And don't forget, as always, we're offering FREE SHIPPING for the month of December from our online store!
Twelve Yeahs of Christmas
A miraculous assortment of twelve heavenly Blasted Church wines. Certain to bring joy to everyone at the Holiday gathering.
The 12 Yeahs of Christmas is comprised of:
2014 Mixed Blessings
2014 Hatfield's Fuse - sneak preview release
2014 Unorthodox Chard - awarded Best of Varietal at Spring Okanagan Wine Festival
2014 Sauvignon Blanc - rare find, sold out everywhere
2014 Pinot Gris
2012 Syrah - exclusive, sold out everywhere
2012 Merlot - desirable find, sold out + Gold medal at All Canadian Wine Championship
2012 Cabernet Merlot - exclusive, sold out everywhere
2014 Big Bang Theory
2011 OMG Sparkling Wine
NV Amen Port de Merlot
Only 48 cases available BUY NOW $234 + tax & deposit
The chosen ones. Four glorious nectars of the gods, solemnly gathered together to create the gift of all gifts.
Answered Prayers features:
2011 Revered Series Nothing Sacred
2012 Revered Series Holy Moly - exclusive, sold out everywhere - Lieutenant Governor Award winner + Gold medal at the All Canadian Wine Championship
2012 Revered Series Cross to Bear - exclusive, sold out everywhere
2012 Revered Series Swear to God - exclusive, sold out everywhere
Only 24 cases available BUY NOW $118 + tax & deposit
November 16, 2015
Once again harvest brought all sorts of firsts for us that will cultivate into interesting wines for you to discover! We started harvest early this year, Aug 25th-26th, with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, destined for sparkling wine, so early in fact that one of our crew leaders, Greg, was still on summer holiday! Our vintage staff arrived the beginning of Sept (also a first) in anticipation of the early harvest and we were able to get through training week before we brought more fruit in (another first). We were quite fortunate this year to have all vintage staff with winery experience (you guessed it - a first!). We welcomed Dave - a local, Alex - from the east coast, Ihan - originally from Korea but Ontario based now, and Queenie - from Hong Kong. They teamed up nicely with crew leaders Greg (his third vintage) and Evan (his second as crew leader but first as Assistant Winemaker). Many grape varietals reached sugar ripeness early but it was around mid-Sept before flavours started to develop. Grapes started rolling in fast on Sept 10th with Pinot Gris, and within the week we had processed 110 tonnes. With our total intake of 340 tonnes processing almost a third in just a week was definitely a first! We kept that pace up for the following week in which we processed another 110 tonnes of fruit that included reds, starting with Pinot Noir, some Syrah and some Merlot. It was the first time since 2009 that red varietals were harvested in Sept (other than Pinot Noir destined for sparkling). After that the last 100 tonnes of fruit came in more slowly throughout October and we finished with our Riesling being harvested on the 27th of Oct. This year some of the whites were over tonnage but reds seemed pretty accurate. Brix were on the high side and pH and TAs seemed to vary depending on variety. With sugar and flavour ripeness we decided to allow lots of tannin extraction especially for our revered reds. Amoung the firsts of this vintage was our first ferment of Pinot Gris on skins, first Cab Franc ferment in barrels with heads removed, first co-ferment of Cab Franc, Merlot and Malbec, and our first ever vintage harvest staff winemaking competition where harvest staff from each shift got a half tonne of Lemberger grapes to make wine however they wished! The cold weather now brings us inside for barrel work, clarifying and blending of the wines!
In summary, this vintage was a bit early with many firsts but turned out great due to our Vineyard Manager's, Trevor, support; Chris' reliable grape transportation; Tanya's checking on us to make sure we were still sane; and Evelyn's help in the lab with grape and juice analysis; and especially due to the knowledge and hard but careful work of all our Crew Leaders and vintage staff. We can't wait until you can taste the fruits (think tropical) of our labour.
Wishing you a joyous winter!
Elaine Vickers, Winemaker, and Evan Saunders, Assistant Winemaker
November 14, 2015
The 2015 season started off mild with very little snowfall in the higher elevations which created the possibility for a drought season. Spring arrived all at once, and life came back to the vineyard in a rapid pace that offered the most growing degree days for the Okanagan Valley in such a short period of time. The buds swelled early which put pressure on us to monitor for cutworms and early frost. The season kept going without any speed bumps, and many in the industry were already calling it a “vintage year”. In the vineyard, we saw green practices being executed with the addition of pomice material and compost being used as soil amendments, as well as new plantings of Chardonnay and Viognier. Above average temperatures throughout mid-spring and summer months, allowed the vines to flourish throughout the growing season. Long hot sunny days provided ample opportunity for increased photosynthesis and Brix accumulation. 2015 set a new record at Blasted Church for earliest harvest, with our sparkling grapes coming off first. Most of the grapes were analytically ready, but were still developing their flavour characteristics so we began to play a game with mother nature to see if the Brix/TA/pH would still rise as the flavours began to develop. Even with the above challenges, the vineyard team brought in clean, flavourful fruit for our winemaking team to create a wonderful vintage.
June 16, 2015
Fourteen wines have been chosen for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, announced today.
And Blasted Church's Holy Moly - Petit Verdot 2012 is one of them! Congratulations to our hardworking cellar and vineyard team!
Holy Moly is one of Blasted Church's Revered Series wines and a wineshop-only product. But fear not! You can purchase Holy Moly from our online store
View the full press release of the 14 winners.
November 28, 2014
Free shipping is now available on online store orders through to the end of December! Head on over to the online store to take full advantage.
November 25, 2014
This years harvest was quite unique and kept everyone on their toes. It started with processing our first grapes Sept 11th, before any of our crush crew arrived! This was actually a blessing in disguise as it enabled our eager Crew Leaders, Greg and Evan, a chance to make sure equipment was running smoothly before things got hectic. This was Greg's second year as Crew Leader but Evan's first as he joined our team in June of this year. The remainder of our harvest staff joined us Sept 15th. We had the benefit of girl power as Jacklyn, Ally, and Paula joined us from Niagara, Calgary, and South Australia respectively. We were lucky to have one of our bottling staff, Wade, join us as well. The crew went through training for a couple of days before they saw grapes, then things were pretty steady as the whites rolled in and throughout the first week and a half of October. Our first red harvested this year was Syrah from Osoyoos on the 7th of October, followed by a steady intake of red grapes until mid-October when we had to pause for a week as all our tanks were full! Once we managed to press off some reds and barrel them down, we continued harvesting through October and ended with our own Cabernet Sauvignon on November 10th. Grapes came in heavy throughout the entire Okanagan Valley this year and, like many other wineries, we were forced to be creative with tank space as we were over on our tonnage and under on our tanks! We also saw a range in grape analysis from average brix with some high TAs and some low TAs, to high brix with high TAs. However, ferments progressed nicely to finish with no outrageous alcohols. We processed 356 tonnes in total this year. Now onto barrel work, clarifying and blending of the wines!
In summary, this vintage was a bit longer and quite unique, but the grapes came in at a very high quality due in large part to our new Vineyard Manager, Gordie Sidhu, and his knowledgeable and conscientious team. We also had great support from Chris who transported all our grapes, from Brooke and Evelyn who supported us in many ways, but especially with their non-stop supply of coffee., and Tanya sent her support long distance as she was away, trekking across Spain. Lastly and especially, we are very grateful for the knowledge and hard but careful work of all our Crew Leaders and vintage staff. We cannot wait until you taste the fruits of our labour.
Wishing you a joyous winter!
Elaine Vickers, Winemaker
Mark Wendenburg, Winemaker
November 14, 2014
Join us and all 12 of the wineries of Okanagan Falls this holiday season for our open house weekend in the “Heart of Wine Country”!
Come visit for your holiday gifting ideas, food pairings and sample our delicious wines! Join us amidst our decorated wine shop while enjoying delicious holiday treats and mulled wine!
Take part in the photo scavenger hunt for your chance to win a private wine tour for two!
We will open their doors from 11am to 5pm on Saturday November 29th and Sunday November 30th.
See you soon!
May 20, 2014
Congratulations to Mark and the whole winemaking team for picking up some hardware at this years All Canadian Wine Championships!
Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - GOLD (unreleased)
Unorthodox Chardonnay - GOLD (unreleased)
Mixed Blessings 2013 - BRONZE
Gewurztraminer 2013 - BRONZE (unreleased)
Mixed Blessings 2013 is currently available online, at the winery store or at fine retailers and restaurants. Stay tuned for the release of the Sauvignon Blanc, Unorthodox Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer later this spring. View the Canadian Wine Trail website for a full list of winners.
May 13, 2014
November 28, 2013
The cellar was lively early this season as we were finishing off bottling, while the winery was being cleaned and readied to start vintage. Also during this time, our floors were re-done, and new red tanks (with a cat-walk - hooray) put in, Cellartek and our owner Chris Campbell worked like fiends to make sure tanks with glycol connections were up and running, thanks!
Our crew leaders, Julie and Greg, stepped up this vintage and had great success running shifts for their first time and our much appreciated international vintage staff worked hard at all times. Vintage was interesting this year due to its early start and all the whites coming in as fast as we could process them. Then we had a bit of a pause before the reds were ready to be crushed. Quite unusual for us here at Blasted Church but a nice overall flow.
The sparkling base grapes were the first to be processed the 20th September, followed closely with all the rest of our whites. Vineyard staff did a great job of removing wasp and rain damaged grapes so we could concentrate on crushing and pressing. By Oct 7th we had crushed 220 tonnes of white grapes. The reds, unaffected by the wasps or the September rains, were harvested around Oct 10th starting with the Merlot from Osoyoos, followed by the Petit Verdot, then the Lemberger from BCV. We then had a couple of days before the next reds arrived which allowed us to start racking the finished white ferments and press off and barrel down reds that also were done. The next round of reds started to arrive the 18th of Oct, with the second showing of Merlot, then moving onto Cabernet, followed by the Syrah, and finishing on the 28th of Oct with Malbec. We processed around 350 tonnes in total this year.
However, that is just half of our work done. After the last grapes arrived we were busy monitoring the red ferments and any remaining whites as well, racking finished ferments and processing their lees. Reds were pressed off and barreled down when ready and our press saw its last action Nov 10th. All ferments went smoothly and the wines are clean and varietal already!
All in all this vintage went quite smoothly thanks to our vineyard staff support and the hard work of all our vintage staff - we wish safe travels to our internationals who have already moved on. Of note, I can't resist, our rookie of the year award goes to Evelyn Campbell!! Yup, you read that correctly, our owner paid her dues this year in the cellar getting dirty and having a blast!!
Wishing you love and joy over the holidays and next year!
Elaine Vickers, Assistant Winemaker
Mark Wendenburg, Winemaker
September 10, 2013
Chef Tim and Chef Julian from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts talk food and wine pairings on Global News. First up is Blasted Church's very own OMG Sparkling!
July 10, 2013
To kick off our OMG release party on June 21, our winemaker, Mark Wendenburg bravely sabered a sacrificial bottle of OMG. Aptly, his saber was engraved with the message "Be careful, dammit". Check out the video below!
June 27, 2013
After a long, three year wait, we've just release another bottling of our OMG Sparking Wine! This Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc blend was produced in the classical Champagne style by our expert winemaker Mark Wendenburg and winemaking team. Just in time for the summer, this wine will be an excellent companion to all your summer festivities.
May 21, 2013
We're pleased to announce the following awards from the 2013 All Canadian Wine Championships:
Both the Cabernet Merlot and Gewurztraminer are available for sale online, grab these fantastic wines ASAP!
May 3, 2013
Okanagan Falls Winery Association presents Party in the Park July 12 5-9pm. Come join Blasted Church and the rest of the OFWA wineries in Kenyon Park on the shores of Skaha Lake in Okanagan Falls. For tickets visit the website.
January 16, 2013
At Blasted Church we pride ourselves in having a little fun while we're getting our hands dirty during harvest. This year we decided to film the pandemonium from an eagle-eye view and in fast motion time lapse.
Shot over one month from early October into early November 2012, videographer Chris Stenberg chased our vineyard crew around on the ground, and literally from the rooftops. The result is miniature hilarity. You can see more of his work at VineAndBeach.com.
We really feel that we've inadvertently created the wine industry's answer to the cat video. Enjoy!
November 28, 2012
As part of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association Open House, our wineshop will be open for tasting on December 1 & 2. Come visit to taste some wines and while you're at it cross a few people off your holiday list!
November 28, 2012
Another growing season has come and gone at Blasted Church Vineyards. The season started early this year and saw some good weather and then turned wet and windy as it progressed.
We managed to get our lime sulphur sprays on before bud break and had no problems keeping the cutworms at bay. Flowering took place in the week of 25th June and majority of the varieties had a great deal of clusters developing.
The flowering process got hindered by rain spells in June and July but we had really good weather pretty much all the way through the summer season. Our irrigation system got a much needed upgrade and from what I can see we are reaping the benefits already just judging from the harvest results.
With a more constant and cleaner water supply going to our individual blocks from which the vines benefit greatly. Our bunch weights all came in lower than last season but we still managed to supply the winery with higher than normal yields. Not only that but the fruit came in clean and sugars were good.
Our other big development this season came in the way of removing our dwindling Syrah block and replanting Pinot Gris in its place. It was no mean feat and thanks to the help from the vineyard crew we managed to get 7500 plants in the ground under few weeks.
Next year will see the start of multiple irrigation upgrades and installations of drip to most of the lower vineyard striving to irrigate more plants over a bigger area but using less water and energy to do so.
Leaving the best for last is the great new addition of the new tractor and tool shed being built right opposite the main gate of the vineyard. Once this 3600 sqft building is complete we will have enough room to store all our equipment safely and securely. The vineyard office and lunch room will be housed here plus a state of the art chemical storage area.
On behalf of everyone in the vineyard I’d like to thank everyone involved with the great success that was the 2012 harvest and I can’t wait to see what the 2013 growing season has in store for us.
Morton Serbon. Vineyard Manager
October 12, 2012
We are pleased to annouce another pile of awards for Blasted Church from the All Canadian Wine Championships, Canadian Wine Awards, and BC Wine Awards this year. Special thanks to Mark Wendenburg and the whole cellar team for a job well done!
All Canadian Wine Chamionships
Canadian Wine Awards
Silver - Cabernet Merlot 2009
Silver - Riesling 2010
Silver - Unorthodox Chardonnay 2011
Bronze - Amen NV Port-de-Merlot
Bronze - Big Bang Theory 2011
Bronze - Gewurztraminer 2011
Bronze - Hatfield's Fuse 2011
Bronze - Merlot 2009
Bronze - Mixed Blessings 2011
Bronze - Pinot Gris 2011
Bronze - Sauvignon Blanc 2011
BC Wine Awards (OKWFS Fall Competition)
Head on over to our online store to grab a few of these award winning wines for yourself!
October 5, 2011
This morning on EZRock AM 1150 Phil Johnson interviewed the phenomenal Ruthie Foster, in anticipation of our Midnight Service upcoming this weekend. Ruthie will be playing two shows, Friday October 7 and Saturday October 8 at the winery. Visit our Midnight Service page for more information.
June 1, 2011
Two phenomenal wins for our winery.
And the good news keeps on getting better: we still have a nice little inventory of both wines for sale from the winery eStore.
Alternatively, you can use our miraculous Wine Finder resource on the BlastedChurch.com website to find a local Wine Store or Restaurant that carries these wines.
February 2, 2011
The 2010 Canadian Wine Awards Performance Report by Wine Access Magazine has just been released and Blasted Church has been named to the top 20 wineries in Canada. Congratulations to Richard and all the winery and vineyard staff for this accomplishment.
October 10, 2010
We are very pleased to announce that Blasted Church has won the following BC Wine Awards during the 2010 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival:
Our re-designed website now lists all of the awards bestowed onto each of our wines. Have a look at our Chardonnay Musque page for an example.
October 10, 2010
A quick expression of gratitude to all of you who attended our 7th Annual Midnight Service event this weekend at the winery. We hope that you had as wonderful of a time as we did hosting you all.
Thanks to the band for such a phenomenal show! Ruthie Foster was fabulous as always. Samantha Banks on the drums was fantastic! And Tanya Richardson, on the bass guitar was just soooo cool.
Our appreciation also goes to the entire Memphis Blues crew, led by Andre Thomas, who prepared and served a mouth-watering feast of magnificent proportions. Big apologies those of you who had to face Turkey dinners the very next day!
We also wish to thank our own Blasted Church team for finding the time (right smack-dab in the middle of Harvest) to make everything perfect for the event in the cellar. Our superstar Event Coordinator, Subrina Monteith, meticulously thought and addressed every detail in order to make a wild success of the event. Thank you Subrina, ...you rock like Ruthie!
Big pats on the back are also due to our other event partners, Westminster Party Rentals and SPL Sound, and the volunteers from the Okanagan Falls United Church for gate control - you all did a great job!
For those of you who missed the shows, view the entire photo gallery online to tantalize you for next year!
Have a wonderful Fall Season!
Evelyn Campbell and the Team at Blasted Church