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“Judgment” Tastings Put BC Wines on World Map

By |September 4th, 2017|

Judgment: The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing. (Merriam-Webster) How do BC wines stack up beside the rest of the world? It’s a question we used hear a lot, though, nowadays not so much. That BC wine has come of age is old news (at least to Canadians). After all, [...]

How to Tour the Okanagan Valley in VIP Style

By |September 2nd, 2017|

VIP Tours: Are they worth it? At the height of summer, wine touring in the Okanagan can get pretty busy. But as the region evolves, so does the range of tasting options. A nominal tasting fee is now the norm—almost always refunded with a purchase. Yet, at a few wineries you can escape the crowds by spending [...]

Sea Star Spreads its Wings on Saturna

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Sea Star Rising A handful of wineries has sprung up on BC’s Gulf Islands over the last few years. Yet, none have impressed as much as Sea Star Estate Farm & Vineyards. The picturesque winery is perched on a bluff on North Pender Island (between Vancouver and Victoria). Its vines seem to march right down [...]

Argentina: Work Horse Wines Deliver Value

By |August 17th, 2017|

  Argentina in the spotlight Argentina is this month's focus at BC Liquor Stores. Special deals and free tastings celebrate the South American producer through September 2nd. It’s interesting how Argentina continues to broaden its appeal beyond Malbec—although, there’s no arguing with the success of the country’s favourite grape. Known for producing soft and supple [...]

How a New Canadian Discovered and Appreciated BC Wine

By |July 1st, 2017|

In honour of Canada's 150th! My good friend Rick Van Sickle (winesinniagara.com) asked me to contribute to his #CanadaWINE150 project. I was happy to oblige ...   When I first arrived in Montreal, I was amazed to see how liquor was sold. Going to the SAQ in those days was more like going to an [...]

Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards 2017 Winners: a Unique Contest

By |June 22nd, 2017|

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine is unique among wine competitions. Nowhere else, as far as I know, does a panel of judges work so hard to whittle down 486 entries to just 12 wines. (Although, Ontario stages a similar contest, which is modeled on BC’s.) The contest has grown considerably as [...]

Howard Soon, an Okanagan Legend, Retires (for now)

By |June 11th, 2017|

Howard Soon has just announced he's retiring from his job as Master Winemaker at Andrew Peller Estates, aka Calona Wines, Sandhill, Red Rooster ... and so on. I figure it’s a really good time to tell the truth about Howard. He’s one of the most sincere people you’ll ever meet in the wine industry—an industry [...]

New District: Making the Case for Interesting Wine

By |April 25th, 2017|

When I first walked into New District, on Vancouver's west side (5650 Dunbar St. at W 41st. Ave.), it took me right back to London. At the time, I was working for my uncle in St. James, home to some pretty illustrious neighbours. Lunch (Baxter's then quite exotic soup) came from Fortnum & Mason, known [...]

Amovino: It’s How to Say ‘I Love Wine’

By |April 14th, 2017|

Amovino is the name of a new agency making its mark on the BC wine scene. It’s the brainchild of Jessica Luongo and Marisa Varas. They're a couple of smart, young women who decided to pool their experience and resources. I’ve been following this new enterprise with interest. I got to know Jessica Luongo during [...]

Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

By |April 13th, 2017|

At Garagiste North: "The Small Guys" Wine Festival, you'll find only wineries making under 2,000 cases a year.

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