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Blue Grouse: A Landmark Winery Reborn

By |October 29th, 2015|

  The impressive, new Blue Grouse, two storey winery and tasting room enjoy a south facing aspect overlooking the Cowichan Valley It was over a couple of decades ago that I first went to Blue Grouse and met its founder, viticulturist and winemaker, Hans Kiltz. German by birth, Hans is a perfectionist, someone [...]

5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

By |May 29th, 2015|

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant 1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over the years, I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Vancouver Island’s wine scene. I’ve always had huge admiration [...]

Sea Cider House Rules: An Elixir Redefined on BC’s Saanich Peninsular

By |July 26th, 2012|

Sea Cider: a wide range of styles, Tim Pawsey photo My first encounter with real cider happened at a relatively youg age. Not long after my 16th birthday, in a misguided attempt to beat the summer heat, I downed an ice cold pint of draught Somerset scrumpy—which was probably around 8 percent ABV, [...]

The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

By |April 18th, 2010|

—John Schreiner’s latest Okanagan wine guide If anyone’s even thinking about opening a new winery in BC, chances are John Schreiner knows about it. Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide—edition no. 3—comes out May 1 (Whitecap $19.99). If you’re serious about keeping up with BC’s ever changing wine scene, it’s a ‘must have.’ We’ve known and [...]

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