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Mirabel Vineyards Debuts its Premium Pinot

By |March 2nd, 2017|

Mirabel makes its mark A few months ago I was sitting in a corner by the cozy fireplace at Vancouver's Bacchus Lounge. I was there to meet Doug and Dawn Reimer. They were in town to preview their (inaugural) Mirabel Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015. In many ways the couple epitomize the new wave of Okanagan [...]

Kiwi Connections: The Great Tiki Tour in Vancouver

By |April 23rd, 2016|

The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour comes to town on May 5th—which is the perfect time of year —with a wealth of styles and tastes from around NZ

7 Wines to Rekindle Your Love Affair with Kiwi Pinot Noir

By |May 7th, 2014|

A range of great Pinots from around New Zealand One of my most memorable moments in New Zealand came when Peter Yealands proudly assured me there were now more vines than sheep, which seemed a good thing. Peter knows a thing or two about sheep: he brought in the first Baby Dolls—Australian miniatures [...]

Quails’ Gate Welcomes Nikki Callaway as New Winemaker

By |July 24th, 2013|

Nikki Callaway and "Olli" New Quails Gate winemaker Nikki Callaway and her dog, Olli Quails Gate has announced that Nikki Callaway will take over the reins from Grant Stanley as winemaker. (Stanley left Quails Gate this spring to join 50th Parallel.) Callaway is no stranger to Quails Gate. For the last five years [...]

Joie and More Joie: Joie Farm Reserve Wines Bump it Up a Notch

By |October 1st, 2012|

Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn ... to the next level, TP photo Time to catch up on some housekeeping. Here's our column from the North Shore News a couple of weeks ago. As you can tell, we're a big fan of Joie Farm (and—full disclosure—a longtime friend of Heidi and Michael.) The piece [...]

A Little Sauvignon Blanc Post-Ballot? Kiwi Wine Fair Rewards for Voting

By |April 23rd, 2011|

  Time to mark the calendar for May 2nd. Yes, it’s Election Day in Canada but more to the point, it's the day the Kiwis roll into Vancouver for the annual New Zealand Wine Fair, this year at The Roundhouse —so you can take the Canada Line to right across the street. [...]

Looking Back at 20 Years with Okanagan’s Blue Mountain Vineyards

By |September 16th, 2010|

This fall sees numerous events to mark the 20th anniversary of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)—BC’s AOC-styled origin system. Along with the 1988 US-Canada Free Trade Agreement, it was, arguably, the turning point for an industry far too long dependent on bulk wine imports and labeling mis-truths—even if those not so little annoyances still [...]

Tantalus Vineyards’ Unveils BC’s First LEED Winery in Okanagan Valley

By |May 21st, 2010|

Clean and Lean, New Winery is Really           ‘Very Riesling’ Tantalus Vineyards has emerged as the Okanagan’s de facto flagship Riesling producer—and rightly so. For the last few years the winery operated out of the former Pinot Reach facility—a delightful, if somewhat rustic arrangement not entirely conducive to the [...]

Hired Belly’s Bucket List: 30+ Kiwi Wines You Won’t Want to Spit

By |April 21st, 2010|

30+ Kiwi wines you won't want to spit Wine tastings can be a gruelling affair—especially when there are several hundred wines in the room. Spitting is a necessity—though not always easy. In November we visited almost all of the wineries who've come to Vancouver and were impressed above all by the consistency and [...]

New Zealand Comes to Vancouver for Playhouse Wine Festival

By |April 20th, 2010|

Oyster Bay's new winery is just visible - photo by Tim Pawsey Why Kiwis are closer to home than you think ... With the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival upon us, the city’s wine focus will be firmly on New Zealand (along with co-theme region Argentina). Vancouverites might ponder a few salient facts and [...]

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