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 ...here are a few reports and unconfirmed rumours from various sources. Some credible, others,... well.


 

Dick Synder
 
April 1, 2022 | Dick Synder

Canada's 100 Best - "Digging deep in the Okanagan"

"BC's Best Wineries

There is a lot to be said about B.C.’s maturing winemaking prowess and its incredible diversity across nine geographical indications (GIs). A focus on the Okanagan Valley and its growing number of sub-GIs — most notably in the Naramata Bench region — reveals convention-bunking winemakers centered on microclimates, soils, clones, oak, yeasts, and non-interventionist viticulture — all in hot pursuit of ultimate terroir expression. —

Moon Curser Vineyards

Dolcetto, Arneis, Syrah, Malbec, Tannat, Touriga Nacional… It’s all here on the East Bench of Osoyoos in the South Okanagan. “We were crazy people when we started. We didn’t know much,” says Chris Tolley. But they are getting- ting a lot right, particularly with Syrah, bottled as single-vineyard and blended wines. That Arneis is a treat, too — tasted off the vine and from a 2014 bottle, it’s remarkably textured, with citrus, savoury, and spice."

Discover BC's Best Wineries here

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2022 at 1:13 PM Permalink to Canada's 100 Best - Permalink
John Schreiner
 
March 14, 2022 | John Schreiner

winebc.com - "Behind the Label"

"This winery opened in 2006 as Twisted Tree Vineyards. Four years later, proprietors Chris and Beata Tolley changed the name to the more dramatic Moon Curser. The drama carried through to labels evoking an earlier history when Osoyoos was centre for gold mining.

During the gold rush, American miners sought to smuggle gold back across the border in the dark of night without paying taxes or duties. The smugglers would curse the moon if it exposed their activities. On its back labels, Moon Curser puts these words in the mouth of a smuggler: “Damn you moon for lighting my run tonight. This gold is mine and no border agent is going to tax me.”

The labels, which mimic shadow and light, anchor Moon Curser and its wines in the history and the terroir of Osoyoos.  The pick, the mule, the saddle bags and the gold nuggets are references to the mining and smuggling on the last. Other elements on the labels are drawn from nature in the South Okanagan, such as ponderosa pines, deer, foxes and even small bats.

The labels are a fun and engaging way to reference the terroir which the winery exploits to grow varietals rarely grown elsewhere in the Okanagan, if at all. “We believe they thrive in our Osoyoos vineyards is because they are growing in the southernmost, hottest and sunniest place in all of the Okanagan,” Chris writes.

The varietals include Arneis, Carménère, Dolcetto, Tannat, Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional. “I love the diversity,” Chris says. “I love the affirmation that this valley is capable of doing a wide variety of wines.”"

Discover the inspiration and stories behind award-winning BC wine labels.

Time Posted: Mar 14, 2022 at 12:12 PM Permalink to winebc.com - Permalink
Michaela Morris
 
February 21, 2022 | Michaela Morris

Decanter - British Columbia Syrah: Canada’s rising star

This week Decanter published an article by Michaela Morris called “British Columbia Syrah: Canada’s rising star” and included her top 15 BC Syrah wines to try, including Moon Curser Syrah 2019 at 90 points!

It’s great to see Michaela say “Despite only representing 9% of red grapes, British Columbia Syrah is fast becoming one of Canada's most exciting red wine styles.” and see BC Syrah getting this kind of attention.

Read "British Columbia Syrah: Canada’s rising star".

Time Posted: Feb 21, 2022 at 4:39 PM Permalink to Decanter - British Columbia Syrah: Canada’s rising star Permalink
Daenna Van Mulligan
 
September 16, 2021 | Daenna Van Mulligan

TheWineDiva.ca/WineScores.ca - 2021 Releases, 13 wines rated 90+ Points

Moon Curser Syrah 2019 - 92 Points

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Moon Curser Dead of Night 2019 - 92 Points

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Moon Curser Touriga Nacional 2019 - 92 Points

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Moon Curser Tempranillo 2019 - 92 Points

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Moon Curser Viognier 2020 - 92 Points

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Moon Curser Border Vines 2019 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Petit Verdot 2019 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Dolcetto 2020 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Carménère 2019 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Contraband Syrah 2019 - 91 Points

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Moon Curser Malbec 2019 - 90 Points

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Moon Curser Arneis 2020 - 90 Points

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Time Posted: Sep 16, 2021 at 12:25 PM Permalink to TheWineDiva.ca/WineScores.ca - 2021 Releases, 13 wines rated 90+ Points Permalink
Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country .
 

Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

"Moss takes an in-depth look into Syrah, clarifying the complexity of this grape as both the traditional old-world Syrah and the new-world Shiraz and the characteristics to expect when enjoying this varietal."

Starting at 26:18 Moss highlights Moon Curser and had some super lovely things to say

"Moon Curser is a staple of the Osoyoos wine scene", "Moon Curser knocks if out of the park, every time. They have a fantastic group of staff, who are talented, knowledgeable and friendly. And they produce some of the best wine, well ah, according to the WineAlign National Wine Awards, in the entire country. Bursting with flavour and texture and personality. They produce some very unique grapes, things like Tempranillo, Tourgia Nacional, ah Dolcetto, Carménère. Grapes that are rare to see in British Columbia, but it's their Syrah I want to highlight today....."

Check out Syrah Episode 17

 

Time Posted: Aug 3, 2021 at 11:53 AM Permalink to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Permalink
Valerie van der Gracht
 
July 22, 2021 | Valerie van der Gracht

MyVanCity.ca - #ThisWineThatDish | Moon Curser Syrah | Sweet & Spicy Grilled Vegetables

"Everything I look for in a Syrah, juicy perfection with lighter tannins than I expected. The dish combined sweet, sour and savoury but the wine was up to the challenge. I knew that a peppery wine would be exactly right, and wow, definitely a hit.

Rich and smooth, with ripe fruit aromas and flavours of dark fruits like blackberry and just the right amount of tart wild blueberry to add interest and acidity."

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Time Posted: Jul 22, 2021 at 12:59 PM Permalink to MyVanCity.ca - #ThisWineThatDish | Moon Curser Syrah | Sweet & Spicy Grilled Vegetables Permalink
Tim Pawsey
 
May 17, 2021 | Tim Pawsey

Quench Magazine - "Blockbuster BC Red Blends"

"Mooncurser Dead of Night, 2018, Okanagan Valley VQA, Canada

This south Okanagan winery which doesn’t take itself too seriously does, in fact, make some pretty serious wines—and perhaps the widest selection of red varieties anywhere in the valley. This marriage of 52% Syrah with 48% Tannat delivers forward, vibrant red berries, chocolate and warm spice before well structured, mouth filling palate of mulberry, black pepper, leather and damson on the mouth-filling palate, buoyed by juicy acidity and a plush mouthfeel with well integrated, tannins through through the lengthy end. $39.99"

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Time Posted: May 17, 2021 at 9:59 AM Permalink to Quench Magazine - Permalink
Anthony Gismondi
 
February 24, 2021 | Anthony Gismondi

The Vancouver Sun - Anthony Gismondi: Knowing these B.C. wine regulations makes shopping for local wine easy

"Weekend Wine Picks

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Moon Curser Border Vines 2018, Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

$25.99 I 88/100

Border vines is a Cabernet forward blend of 69/15/10/3/3/ Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carménère, Cabernet Franc. At a hefty 14.8 per cent alcohol, you feel the Cabernet Sauvignon tannins and the power of the Petit Verdot. It is a bit of a bruiser at this point and will need time to settle down in the bottle. Rich and potent black fruits reminiscent of Bing cherries, black currants, and blueberries with dark chocolate, spice, and savoury dried herbs. Youthful and rambunctious but has fine potential. I suggest five years in the bottle or serve with a slab of rare beef."

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Time Posted: Feb 24, 2021 at 12:23 PM Permalink to The Vancouver Sun - Anthony Gismondi: Knowing these B.C. wine regulations makes shopping for local wine easy Permalink
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