Open a bottle of Les Dames Wine and you’ll be doing more than just twisting the cap on a decent drop.You’ll be helping a good cause. These well made wines are part of a fundraising project for women working in BC’s food and beverage industries. Proceeds go towards Les Dames’ d’Escoffier’s scholarship fund, which helps women [...]
A View Kissed List There's only one problem with making a short list of view wineries in the Okanagan. In a valley of superlative panoramas, you’re guaranteed to upset somebody. So many rate, it’s impossible to do them all justice. With that disclaimer, here’s a quick look at what’s new and in the wings. Where to go and [...]
When Harry McWatters (pictured above in 2013) announced on April 1 that he had sold his beloved Sundial Vineyard and still unfinished new winery I wasn’t all that shocked. I knew it was no April Fool's joke. I had visited the site just last month and was surprised to see just how far behind it [...]
Stag’s Hollow Winery, just outside of ‘OK Falls’ over 20 years ago, in 1995 has always intrigued me. Often as not, I find myself in awe of the perseverance displayed by winemakers and viticulturists. And in Stag's Hollow's case, that evolution has been truly fascinating.
Steven Spurrier with Judgment of BC curator D.J. Kearney I’m still sifting through the results (***See below for the full list) from this past week’s Judgment of BC tasting, led by D.J. Kearney, with Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine, organised by Wines of British Columbia. It was one of the best tastings in which [...]
Lost Inhibitions EFFING EPIC: irony not lost One thing about Bernie Hadley Beauregard: you never know what the guy’s going to come up with next! Hadley Beauregard, of Blasted Church, Therapy Vineyards (Freudian Sip), Dirty Laundry (and a host of other labels/brands) fame, looks set to repeat the kind of off-the-chart success registered [...]
A new cider from the Okanagan Cider is one of BC’s relatively undeveloped opportunities. However, that may be about to change, with the arrival of a new cider, Broken Ladder, made by BC Tree Fruits. BCTF is an Okanagan Valley co-operative of over 500 growers, established almost 80 years ago. BCTF (and no, [...]
JoieFarm founders Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn in easier times My good friends Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn, founders of JoieFarm—one of the Okanagan's most successful wineries—are going their separate ways. I have immense respect for these two people, what they've built in JoieFarm, and everything else that they've brought to the Okanagan. [...]