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Pentâge Blend 2010 – 90 points


Pentage 2010, British Columbia


Rating 90

Year 2010

Region Okanagan

Varietal Red blend

Food Pairing Medium-rare steak

Price $29 in B.C.

Pentage’s flagship red, simply called Pentage, blends the Bordeaux varieties cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot with peppery syrah and lively gamay. It’s full-bodied yet sprightly, offering up currant-like fruit infused with toasty oak and bitter chocolate, leading to a dusty-chewy, bright finish. It would be grand with medium-rare steak. Available direct,

By Pentâge Winery | February 4, 2015 | Awards Events Media

Hiatus 2012 – 89 points

Pentage Hiatus 2012, British Columbia


Rating 89

Year 2012

Region Okanagan

Varietal Red blend

Food Pairing Grilled lamb burgers

Price $22 in B.C.

The blend reads like an around-the-world tour: cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, tempranillo, zinfandel, malbec and pinot noir. I’d say it’s the Loire Valley-style of cabernet franc that leads the way in this offbeat, medium-full-bodied red. A polished texture carries crisp cherry-cranberry fruit laced strongly with herbs, followed by cassis and chocolate. A good choice for grilled lamb burgers and a whole lot more. Available direct from the winery ( Also sold in a three-litre bag-in-box format.

By Pentâge Winery | January 25, 2015 | Awards Events Media

Penticton Herald – August 2014

Couple is off to a great Start………


Paul Gardner and Julie Rennie, owners of Pentage Winery located at 4551 Valleyview Road in Penticton have recently received a prestigious award and opened their tasting room.

On July 24, the Honourable Judith Guichon visited Pentage to present Gardner and Rennie with a 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.

Pentage was one of only 12 wineries in B.C. to receive the honour.

The winning wine was Syrah Reserve 2010.

The couple named their winery “penta”, Greek for five, in reference to the number of red varieties they initially planted, including Syrah.

The other four reds were Cabernet Sauvignon, Carbernet Franc, Merlot and Gamay.

Since those initial plantings in 1997, Pentage has accumulated an enviable number of awards, including being selected as the 2011 B.C. Winery of the Year.

On August 2, Gardner and Rennie opened the tasting room in a renovated portion of the original production facility.

The large airy open space offers a spectacular view overlooking the vineyard and Skaha Lake.

“People enjoyed coming here even before we opened the tasting room. We hope even more visitors will want to come now,” said Gardner, who has led up to 300 tours of the property over the past several years.

The room features a tasting bar which consists of three stainless steel tables that can be reconfigured to accommodate future banquets and other special events.

“Our target market is anyone who appreciates good wine. I believe we offer an excellent wine at a fair price,” Gardner said. “I’d like to keep our wine competitive with offshore wine.”

Currently, approximately 70 per cent of Pentage wines are sold to restaurants, primarily in the Lower Mainland, and the remainder through retail and internet sales.

“I want to make no more than 5,000 cases a year. We can sell that much without getting into shipping wine which is expensive,” Gardner said.

Pentage’s five-blend ice wine is generating considerable interest in China where ice wine is a popular high-end gift.

The tasting room is the latest development of the long term project that began in 1996 when Gardner and Rennie purchased their original 9.3 hectare acre property, an abandoned orchard.

A decade later they purchased a 4.8 hectare property just minutes away from their winery.

Both vineyards were planted with a north-south orientation.

“This allows the canopy to capture as much sunlight as possible for photosynthesis both in the morning and afternoon. It also helps to avoid mildew problems by allowing the necessary sun exposure,” Gardner explained.

“I’m lucky because I have a background that makes me self reliant,” said Gardner, a former marine engineer. “When you’re stuck on a ship, you’ve got to fix problems yourself.”

His ‘can do’ attitude has been critical to the development of Pentage on the steep slopes above Skaha Lake and no more so than in making a natural formation in the granite bluffs into a 465 square meter cave.

“It’s wonderful for storing barrels—only a few degrees of change during the year and the humidity is constant at about 75 per cent,” Gardner said.

This fall he plans to transfer the production facility to the cave.

“It’s especially gratifying to receive feedback from customers saying how much they enjoyed a bottle of Pentage on a special occasion such as a family reunion,” Rennie said.

The tasting room is open daily from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For information visit or call (250) 493-4008.


By Pentâge Winery | November 3, 2014 | Awards Events Media

John Schreiner – December 1, 2013

Cabernet Franc 2011 – Appassimento Style 93 Points by John Schreiner

Pentâge Cabernet Franc 2011 Appassimento Style ($35). This is an Okanagan winery’s take on Amarone because the technique is similar. The winery dried hand-picked grapes for 58 days, concentrating juice, flavour and sugar, before pressing the fruit. The result is a dark wine with 15% alcohol. The aroma is glorious – blackberry and black currant jam. The intense flavours include black currant, lingonberry, black cherry and spice. The tannins are ripe but firm enough to give this wine a future in bottle. Since the bottle is 375 ml, remember that wine ages most quickly in small bottles. 93.

By Pentâge Winery | December 1, 2013 | Awards Events Media

Beppi Crosariol – November 2013

Pentage Pinot Gris 2012, British Columbia


The Globe and Mail


Yellow-white with coppery-pink highlights, the hue is the product of contact with the grape’s “gris,” or grey, skins. Pentage, an excellent Okanagan producer, strikes fine balance in this mid-weight charmer. It’s an apple, pear and citrus medley, finishing dry, with satisfying grapefruit-rind bitterness. It’s not quite as rich as a typical Alsatian pinot gris, yet far more concentrated and serious than the average pinot grigio (made from the same grape). Available direct from

By Pentâge Winery | November 6, 2013 | Awards Events Media

Jancis Robinson – World Atlas of Wine (7th Edition)

We were 1 out of the 3 chosen to be a part of this Atlas (out of 220 wineries)!

By Pentâge Winery | November 1, 2013 | Awards Events Media

February 2013

Jancis Robinson Picks Pentage as one of her “picks”……. to read full article click here

By Pentâge Winery | April 1, 2013 | Awards Events Media

July 2009

Six years after opening in 2003, the Pentâge Winery in Penticton has yet to open an onsite wine shop and tasting room.

However, that does not mean the wines are hard to find. The winery’s website lists an astonishing number of British Columbia restaurants and private wine stores in which one can get a Pentâge wine (aside from ordering it directly from the winery).

Proprietors Paul Gardner and Julie Rennie have had other priorities. One was nurturing the new vineyard (not far from the winery’s original vineyard). Those vines will yield their first fruit this fall, enabling Pentâge to extend its already interesting portfolio of wines. Coming in a year or two is Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot.

Paul’s other priority has been completing the new wine cellar. He has dug an immense cavity into the hard rock on the highest point on the Pentâge property. Think of a small airplane hangar which now houses tanks, barrels and cases of wine at a temperature that is cool the year round.

Some time next year, a huge door with glass panels will be fitted on the side where the cavity emerges from the rock. This will afford views across the vineyard and toward Penticton’s Skaha Lake beaches to the north. And in good time, a tasting room will rise from the roof of this magnificent cellar, offering some of the best winery views in the Okanagan.

Of course, visitors want to come here for the delicious wines made by Paul and Adam Pierce, the winemaker who joined Pentâge last year when Dwight Sick moved to Stag’s Hollow. The current releases reflect the work of both of these fine young winemakers, along with Paul’s effective work in the vineyard.

These are notes on current releases, except for the Icewine, which will be reviewed later.

Pentâge Gewürztraminer 2008 ($18). Fermented entirely in stainless steel, this is a textbook example of this popular aromatic variety. The wine invites you with aromas of spice, lychee and peaches, leading to all of those flavours on the palate. Packed with fruit, it has a rich finish. The fruitiness creates an impression of sweetness but the wine has a crisp, dry finish. 90 points.

Pentâge Riesling 2007 ($19). Here is another solid serious dry Riesling. It begins with aromas of lime and a bready note, suggesting it was aged a bit on the lees to add texture. On the palate, there are flavours of lime. The wine has a backbone of minerality, an important character of good Riesling. The lively, but well-balanced acidity, gives the wine a crisp and refreshing finish. 89-90. It was a silver medal winner in last year’s Canadian Wine Awards.

Pentâge Viognier 2007 ($23). The winery is moving from corks to screw cap closures. It is too bad the move did not begin with this vintage, for my sample suffered a cork taint – slight enough, fortunately, that one could taste through it to the flavours of melons and apricots. The aromas had been killed by the cork taint. I am confident that a sound bottle would easily score 90.

Pentâge Rosé 2008 ($19). This is a vividly ruby-hued wine with tons of flavour – cranberry, cherry, raspberry, spice. It is made with Gamay grapes, cold-soaked for 48 hours on the skins before fermenting, a technique that explains the colour and the flavours. The fresh acidity gives the wine a good tangy finish. This wine would be excellent with barbecued salmon. 88

Pentâge Cabernet Franc 2006 ($28). Another silver medal winner at last year’s Canadian Wine Awards, this is a generous wine, tasting of blackberries, cherries, and spiced currants. The long ripe tannins give this wine a firm, chewy texture. It is drinking well now but has the structure to develop even more complexity over the next four or five years. 88-90.

Pentâge Syrah 2006 ($26). Here’s a powerhouse with a colour as dark as the Ace of Spades and classic white pepper in the aroma. On the palate, it delivers peppery flavours of prunes, black cherry, cocoa, even spiced meat. This satisfying wine is generous in texture, with a Rhone-like elegance on the finish. 91

These wines should create a sense of anticipation among Pentâge fans for the additional wines that the new vineyard will add.  -John Schreiner

By Pentâge Winery | | Awards Events Media

August 2012

BEST BUY – Eat Magazine, July/August 2012  –  2011 Pinot Gris

Intense aromas of ripe pear, melon and grapefruit. This wine is refreshingly zesty with flavours of green apple, pear, citrus peel and a touch of mandarin orange.  Excellent finish, balanced with natural acidity.  “Light peach in colour, akin to the hue of champagne. Nose is not quite as subtle – ripe ample perfume, with the smells of forgotten fruit lying in the afternoon warmth. Full bodied and firmly structured with good acidity. A real stunner!”  ~ Larry Arnold, Eat Magazine



By Pentâge Winery | September 1, 2012 | Awards Events Media

February 2012

Chardonnay 2007 – Full-bodied, smooth and round, this white offers up butterscotch and orchard-fruit flavours with fresh acidity to balance the nicely integrated oak. It would be swell with grilled salmon, lobster or poultry.  90 points

— © 2012, Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail

By Pentâge Winery | March 1, 2012 | Awards Events Media


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