LFW in the Media

Anthony Gismondi: An expert guide to cellaring B.C. wines. By Anthony Gismondi. Feb 15, 2022 (link here) - Recommends Pied de Cuve Chardonnay as BC wine to cellar 5-7 years

Financial Times. Canada’s wild west: British Columbia wines. By Andrew Jefford. August 14, 2020 (link here)

How To Get Rosé Right: Winemaker Decisions Right Now, From Coast To Coast. By Cathy Huyghe. September 15, 2019 (link here)

Edmonton Journal  B.C.’s Similkameen Valley offers largely undiscovered wine destination. By Juanita Roos. July 25, 2019 (link here)

Populist. Top BC Wineries As Voted By Sommeliers. July 9, 2019 (link here)

Scoutmagazine.ca. Picking Grapes with Michael Hiram and Scott Mitchell. By Andrew Morrison. May 14, 2019 (link here)

Scoutmagazine.ca. Picking Grapes With Tiago de Souza Jensen of St. Lawrence. By Jamie Mah. Feb 13, 2019 (link here)

Kelowna Daily Courier. What the heck is orange wine? By Steve MacNaull. September 15, 2018. (link here)

Georgia Straight. Okanagan wines thrive in B.C.’s hot summer. By Kurtis Kolt.  August 8, 2018 (link here)

Air Canada Altitude Bulletin – The 5 Most Underrated Bottles in Canada. By Véronique Rivest. April 18, 2017 (link here)

Decanter – Digging the dirt in British Columbia. By Tina Gellie. March 2017 issue (link here)

Around the World in 80 Harvests. By Amanda Barnes. January 2017 (link here)

Vancouver Magazine – Is Starting a Winery Way Harder Than It Looks? By Rhys Pender. January 2017 (link here)

The Drinks Business – Uncorked: Rhys Pender MW. By Lucy Jenkins. November 2016. (link here)

Montecristo – Little Farm Winery – Risk & Romance. By Daenna Van Mulligen. October 2016 (link here)

Global News – Gurvinder Bhatia, Edmonton wine guy, talks cool climate chardonnay from the Okanagan – July 3, 2016 (link here)

Wineanorak.com – In the Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada. By Jamie Goode. July 2, 2016. (view article)

Somm Journal – High Latitude, Low Attitude. By Randy Caparoso, June-July 2016. Page 89-90 (view article)

[Little Farm] showed two razor-sharp single- vineyard bottlings of Little Farm Rieslings with lemon, Mandarin orange and mineral/ sagebrush fragrances.The citrusy and stony/ oyster shell textured Little Farm 2014 Mulberry Tree Vineyard Chardonnay seemed like the closest thing to Chablis tasted in B.C., only with a sagebrush miner- ality strikingly unique to Similkameen.

Culinaire Magazine – Five Cool Wineries for 2016. By Jeannette Montgomery. May 2016 (link here)

TheTomato.ca – Oh Canada! Wines. By Mary Bailey, July 2, 2015. (view article)

Hiredbelly.com – Chilling Out at Similkameen Barbecue King. By Tim Pawsey, July 20, 2015. (view article)

Wineanorak.com – Six Wines from BC, Canada. By Jamie Goode, Jun 7, 2015. (view article)

Little Farm Riesling 2013 Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Fresh, lemony and a bit appley with lovely focus. Bright and quite mineral with a lovely texture and subtle honeyed notes. A lovely wine. 92/100

Little Farm Rose 2013 Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada
A varietal Cabernet Franc. Pale pink with a hint of copper. textured with red cherries, herbs and a bit of spice. Rounded in the mouth with a stony edge and a savoury character. 90/100


Scout Magazine – Message in a Bottle – Little Farm Winery 2013 Chardonnay – Similkameen in a Glass. By Treve Ring, Oct 6, 2014. (view article)

Montecristo Magazine – Joy Road Catering – Cuisine de Terroir. By Treve Ring, Aug 28, 2014 (view article)

John Schreiner on Wine – Tyler Harlton & Friends. By John Schreiner, July 30, 2014 (view article)

Little Farm Chardonnay 2013 ($29.90 for 68 cases). Crisp and refreshing and reminiscent of Chablis, this wine has delicate citrus aromas and flavours of grapefruit and green apple. 88.

Little Farm Riesling 2013 ($29.90 for 115 cases). In the style of German Riesling, this wine spent some time in neutral oak barrels, gaining texture and softening the bracing acidity. The wine has citrus aromas and tangy citrus flavours wrapped around a nice spine of minerals. The finish is dry. 90.

Little Farm Rosé 2013 ($24.90 for 170 cases). This is made with Cabernet Franc and it displays the vivacity of the varietal. There are aromas and flavours of strawberry and raspberry, with notes of herbs and pepper on the dry finish. 90.

Westender – City Cellar: On blind tasting and telling the truth. By Kurtis Kolt, June 25, 2014 (view article)

Eat Magazine – Rosé Revolution – The Ultimate BC Rosé Guide: 40 Wines Reviewed. By Treve Ring, Jun 18, 2014 (view article)

Little Farm Winery Blind Creek Vineyard Rosé 2013. Similkameen Valley.  $24.90. +796979   13%. 

Best BC wine I’ve tasted this year? Absolutely a contender. I kept this wine in my fridge for a few days, and it kept getting better and better. It was delicious when chilled, and when the glass warmed up. A winner with food, and without. Stood out when blind tasted. Every which way, this wine shone just a rosé should: pure, bright, characterful and vibrant. This single vineyard, 100% cabernet franc beauty should be your go-to pink this year (if you can find it – only a scant 170 cases). A very pale peach hue, this opens with wild strawberry, subtle spice and tangerine aromas. The bone dry palate teems with fragrant cherries, light lees, dried sage and dusty, stony spice. Impressive depth of flavour for such a light wine. 91 points.

WineAlign.com – Little Farm Winery 2012 Blind Creek Rosé (89 points). DJ Kearney, Dec 30, 2013.

Memorable wines are about people, and this juicy rosé is as down-to-earth and real as the winegrower and winemaker behind it, Rhys and Alishan. It adheres to the natural, minimal intervention ethos at Cawston’s Little Farm Winery (truly little, humble and hand-made with a wee basket press, a few barrels and a plywood shell of a winery) which of course allows the vineyard site (Blind Creek Vineyard) to feature eloquently. That’s the case here where the mineral, saline character of Similkameen terroir is as prominent as leafy, raspberry, choke cherry flavours. Dry as a bone and angular with raspy acidity, it’s a built-for-food rosé with persistent vinous succulence. Made from early-picked Cabernet Franc, with some whole cluster and some foot-trodden grapes, it’s a study in texture, flavour and vineyard expression. Try with merguez sausages, arugula, feta and olive salad or herby, meatball pizza. Re-tasted December 2013 with a winter braise. 89 points

Westender – CITY CELLAR: Notes from the open road. By Kurtis Kolt, October 8, 2013 (view article)

Over in the windswept Similkameen Valley, I dropped in to see my pals Rhys and Alishan at their Little Farm Winery (LittleFarmWinery.ca). Im thinking their new winery is a contender for Smallest Winery in BC (its smaller than our one-bedroom Main Street condo), but its destined to churn out fresh, expressive wines in what will be their third vintage (they previously borrowed friends facilities). It was a race against time for them this year, as finishing construction of the winery sprinted towards the finish line, neck-and-neck with the earliest grape harvest in BC history. Happily, the winery was finished and licensed a mere two days before they started harvest, with Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Franc Rosé ferments now humming away just fine.

At The Table Magazine – Riesling and Syrah – BC at its Best. Aug 27, 2013

2012 Little Farm, ‘Mulberry Tree Vineyard’ Riesling, Similkameen Valley $30-34. White peach, lime and an underlying chalkiness. Dry, tons of acid and a miner- ally finish. If the 2011 vintage is anything to go by this wine will become more expressive with time. We have both vintages in our cellar.

Housewine.ca – Okanagan, Autumn 2012. (view article)

En route to the Okanagan, we stopped in briefly at Little Farm in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. This brand new estate is owned by our good friends Rhys Pender MW and Alishan Driediger. We had just enough time for an al fresco lunch of frittata and Alishan’s delicious homemade bread in the warm October sun. We literally caught a glimpse of their inaugural release freshly hand-labeled and were able to try the wines a few days after our return to Vancouver. Miniscule amounts were produced. These are definitely food wines.

2011 Riesling, Mulberry Tree Vineyard, Similkameen Valley $29.90

Austere and unequivocally dry, with lots of lime, white grapefruit and stone. Steely backbone. Calls for halibut ceviche with lots of cilantro.

2011 Chardonnay, Mulberry Tree Vineyard, Similkameen Valley $29.90
Green granny smith apple and lees. Zesty lemon acid and slight nuttiness on the finish. Think pork stuffed with apples and hazelnuts.

North Shore News – Labour of love at little farm winery. By Tim Pawsey, Oct 14, 2012 (view article)

Hired Belly.com – Similkameen Valley’s Little Farm Winery Rolls Out First Releases. By Tim Pawsey, Oct 12, 2012 (view article)

However, if you’re a fervent follower of all things BC, you’ll not want to wait to get your hands on the steely, crisp, lime, calcium and mineral packed high acid Little Farm 2011 Riesling, which, if any indication, shows tremendous promise. $29.99. 90 pts.

An even smaller amount of Little Farm 2011 Chardonnay (equally mineral with complex layers of lemon, grapefruit, apple and almond hints, also $29.99, 90 pts) was made.