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iNwine Wednesday: Toasting Evolve Cellars & the McWatters Family

Encore's Sparkling Élan Effervescence is perfect for fall celebrations!
Encore's Sparkling Élan Effervescence is perfect for fall celebrations!
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This iNwine Wednesday we are celebrating the McWatters family and featuring one of their delicious sparkling wines from their Evolve Cellars label.

2017 Evolve Élan Effervescence $19.99

Élan means panache, flair, and style and this sparkler is just that. A delicious blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, it has been a winner with wine critics and bubble fans.
This sparkling wine offers vivacious floral, stone fruit and apple aromas, echoed and uplifted by slightly sweet bubbles on the palate and a bright and balanced finish. This is the perfect wine to celebrate with at your harvest table. 

The McWatters family (l-r) Christa-Lee, Harry & Darrien in front of TIME
The McWatters family (l-r) Christa-Lee, Harry & Darrien in front of TIME

The wine world was rocked this summer with the heartbreaking news that beloved wine hero and pioneer Harry McWatters had passed. Happily, his wine legacy remains intact and in the very capable hands of his daughter Christa-Lee McWatters, who has been announced as the new president and CEO of ENCORE Vineyards, the brand that encompasses the McWatters family’s celebrated wine labels: TIME Winery, McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars.

Big news! As of Sept. 16, the McWatters’ Summerland based winery Evolve Cellars is moving in beside its sibling brand TIME at 361 Martin Street in downtown Penticton.

A recent press release from the winery quotes: "It's been an exciting challenge as I take over managing the company," Christa-Lee said. "I miss my dad and his mentorship, and moving ahead without him is a struggle some days, but I know he would want us to carve out our own way to carry on the family legacy."

ENCORE Vineyard
ENCORE Vineyard's new president Christa-Lee McWatters
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Construction is now underway within the now expanded TIME Winery space. A new Evolution Lounge is set to open spring of 2020. Visitors can look forward to a multi winery experience, enjoying Evolve Cellars' wines in the Evolution Lounge and then hopping next door to the TIME Winery tasting bar. The restaurant will serve both with seasonally focussed cuisine prepared by Chef AK Campbell and his culinary team.

Cheers to the sparkling future of this amazing family! - wine can also be ordered on their site.

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