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Interview with Beata & Chris Tolley – Owners of Moon Curser starts off this episode.
Interview with Beata & Chris Tolley – Owners of Moon Curser starts at approximately ~30:15
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"Moon Curser – Beata.Chris Tolley Founders. Chris is Winemaker. (Osoyoos Bench)
In 2003 both Beata and Chris completed a Post Graduate Degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University is Christchurch NZ.
In 2004 Beata and Chris started small and well under the radar after their move from Calgary. Chris a software designer, Beata a Chartered Accountant.
The Moon Curser name pays tribute to the Gold Smuggling history of Osoyoos which is right up against the USA Border.
Unlike almost anyone else in the Okanagan, they decided right from the beginning to grow, bottle, and sell premium wines from old World grapes.
Tannat, Dolcetto, and Touriga Nacional. Then they added Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Tempranillo, Arneis, Roussanne/Marsanne, Viognier.
Then they added AWARDS. The latest is the greatest.
Moon Curser was recognized as #1 Best Performing Small Winery at the 2019 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada.
The award perhaps explains why so many of their wines are Sold Out. Beta and Chris will let us know what’s left to order.
They have a great wine club and Beata will explain why club membership would make a great gift.
This is a truly great small winery with a big heart.
Tasting Room Radio – July 18th, 2020 Rathjen Cellars. Jim Cuddy Wines. Moon Curser, The Best Small Winery in Canada
Interview with Chris Tolley – Co-Owner/Winemaker at Moon Curser starts at approximately ~39:58
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"At the end of the competition, the winery walked away with several medals led by a Platinum for its remarkable ode to the Douro Valley, the 2017 Touriga Nacional. They followed that up with six gold medals for a 2015 Tannat, think Uruguay; 2018 Dolcetto, that’s Italy; a 2017 Malbec, that’s Argentina; a 2017 Tempranillo, a nod to Spain; a 2017 Petit Verdot a classic from Bordeaux; and one final gold for a 2017 Dead of Night, a blend of Syrah and Tannat.
“Well, you get the picture, this is one very different producer, and in many ways, a poster child for what we always hoped would be the kind of innovative, family estate winery that would grab the title of the Best Performing Small Winery in Canada.
All that is left for you to do is try the wine and eventually visit the winery to experience what the Tolleys did when they first got into the business, something new and intriguing and most of all different.”
Anthony Gismondi – Co-Head Judge
Moon Curser’s Medal Winning Wines
Moon Curser 2017 Touriga Nacional, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2015 Tannat, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2018 Dolcetto, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Malbec, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Dead of Night, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Tempranillo, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Petit Verdot, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Carmenere, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2018 Arneis, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2017 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Moon Curser 2018 Afraid of the Dark, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
In 2006 they opened the doors to Moon Curser..except, at the time it was called Twisted Tree.
Rebranding brought the name Moon Curser.
The location has always been the same..very close to being the last winery in BC..right at the USA border.
I had already done an interview with Chris when the awards were handed out..so here’s the update from Chris and the whole interview before they won the award.
Congratulations to Chris and Beata Tolley
Moon Curser Wines
Interview with Chris Tolley – Co-Owner/Winemaker at Moon Curser starts at approximately 12:22
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