The oldest and most original winery in British Columbia!
“80 years ago, an industrialist, a priest, and a financier corroborated together to spark the humble beginnings of Calona Winery. Though vastly different from one another, the mismatched trio shared a conviction to create something extraordinary here in the Okanagan Valley.”
“I feel it in my bones”🍷
“The Priest” 2015 Pinot Noir ~ $15.45+T&D ~ 13.4%
“This Pinot Noir is an ode to staying true to our convictions, and to the realization of our dreams.”
‘Harvested from selected sites in the Okanagan, and Similkameen Valleys. Pinot Noir grapes underwent traditional red wine making with subtle oak integration, for added complexity. The mouth-feel has a full malolactic fermentation to soften it up.’
Characteristics- Bright ruby red. A bouquet of cherry and currant are accented by notes of earth, smoke, and oak. This light to medium-bodied Pinot Noir has soft tannins and food friendly acidity, along with flavours of red berry, currant, cherry and crab apple. Notes of red berry tea, earth, spice and red cherry linger on the dry finish.
Food Pairings- Veal or eggplant parmesan, Meat sauce or mushroom lasagna, Gourmet pizzas, Cold duck breast salad, Roasted tomato and eggplant ragu over pasta or Grilled beer tenderloin. Chicken, Turkey and vegetables are a great choice as well.
Awards- Silver at the BC Wine Awards 2015
“The Industrialist” 2015 Sovereign Opal ~ $13.95+T&D ~ 11.6% Alc.
*This varietal is exclusive to Conviction, it was developed by the Summerland Research Station. Released to growers in 1976, and embraced by the late August Casorso who’s family was close to the founders in the early days of the winery. A Casorso vineyard in Kelowna is suspected to be the only plot that grows the grape today.*
‘Hand-harvested from Casorso Vineyard in the Okanagan Valley. Sovereign Opal grapes were whole cluster pressed, then a cool fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain fruit characteristics.’
Characteristics- Clear and bright. Wonderful fruit aromas of yellow apple, yellow plum, Bartlett pear and tangerine are accented by notes of spice, floral and marzipan. This light to medium-bodied Sovereign Opal is smooth yet refreshing with flavours of juicy tropical fruit and melon. Tangerine, pink grapefruit, tropical fruit and exotic flower notes linger on the finish.
Food Pairings- Grilled pork tenderloin with fruit chutneys, Mild Indian curry cuisine, Samosas with dipping sauces, Panang chicken, Baba ghanoush with pita bread or Roast Chicken. Pasta, breads,and hard cheeses will be this wines best friend.
Awards- 2014 vintage won GOLD at the 2015 Grand Harvest Awards.
“Movers and Shakers” 2015 White Blend ~ $14.00 +T&D ~ 12.5% Alc.
‘Harvested from selected sites in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. 83% Gewürztraminer, and 17% Sovereign Opal grapes were whole cluster pressed, then cool fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain fruit characteristics.’
Characteristics: Clear and bright. Pretty aromas of summer flower garden, ripe pear, lychee nut and mandarin orange. This light to medium-bodied white is smooth yet refreshing with flavours of juicy orchard fruit. Pure fruit flavours of pear, tangerine and melon, accented by a touch of floral and spice, linger on the finish.
Food Pairings- Roast Pork or chicken, Pastas and bread, Soft cheeses, Clove studded baked ham, lightly spiced shrimp skewers, Baked salmon with hoisin glaze or Ginger accented stir fry.
“Dreamers and Schemers” 2015 Red blend ~ $14.00 +T&D ~ 14.4% Alc.
‘Harvested from selected sites in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. The Merlot (79%) and Cabernet Franc (21%) underwent traditional red wine making. A portion of the Merlot saw subtle French and American oak integration for added complexity. The wine underwent a full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouth-feel.’
Characteristics: Deep ruby red. An aromatic bouquet of plum, black cherry, tobacco, sweet spice, vanilla, and chocolate rise from the glass. This medium to full-bodied red has soft silky tannins, along with flavors of juicy, ripe red and black berries, plum and cherry. Notes of black fruits and sweet spice linger on the smooth finish.
Food Pairings- Beef wraps, Grilled steak and mushrooms, Meaty lasagna, Grilled lamb chops, Portobello mushroom burgers, Pork or veal, Vegetables, and Chicken or Turkey are lovely accompaniments to this blend.
“The Financier” 2015 Pinot Grigio ~ $14.00 +T&D ~ 13.2% Alc.
‘Harvested from selected sites in the Okanagan Valley. Pinot Grigio grapes were whole cluster pressed, then cool fermented and aged in stainless steel to retain fruit characteristics’.
Characteristics: Clear and bright. Pure fruit aromas of melon and pear are accented by notes of floral and mineral. This medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a slightly rich mouth-feel with flavours of pear and honeydew melon. Refreshing notes of green apple, lemon and lime linger on the finish.
Food Pairings: Grilled pork chops, Soft and Hard cheeses, Beef, Lamb, Seafood, Salmon quiche, Baked chicken in light cream sauce or baked brie with pita bread.
Your one stop shop for Calona/Conviction wineries is 30th street liquor store!
Come in and ask the staff for one of these historically important wines
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