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Natural Wines Blossom in Canada’s Okanagan

By |October 3rd, 2017|

Natural wines. Coming to a glass near you, soon. Natural Wine Defined What’s a natural wine, you might ask? It means the wine in your glass is in the purest possible form. It's the closest it can be to the fruit that was in the vineyard, preferably organically or bio-dynamically farmed. Most likely it’s made with [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 Good Value Wines to Celebrate Malbec World Day

By |April 4th, 2017|

Malbec is emblematic of Argentina. Every wine region has its own, ‘signature’ wine or style, blend or variety. The Germans remain Riesling champions of the world. Italy’s Veneto lays claim to the uniqueness of apassimento and Amarone. The Chileans still care about Carmenere (though less so, perhaps, these days). And the French have a lock [...]

Bodega Garzon: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Drink Uruguay

By |March 24th, 2017|

Bodega Garzon: an introduction to Uruguay's impressive new winery and resort, with reviews and tasting notes

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 [...]

Tidal Bay Wines in 34 Seconds: Pete Luckett (video)

By |February 22nd, 2017|

Tidal Bay wines have a special place in the heart of one Nova Scotian winemaker. Pete Luckett is the driving force behind Luckett Vineyards. He and his wife, Sue, established their Gaspereau Valley winery in 2010. I met him last week, during the Vancouver International Wine Festival. There was definitely a buzz around Nova Scotia [...]

Keg vs. Bottle: Duking it out at Earls

By |October 31st, 2016|

I went to an intriguing wine tasting last week. It was a side by side blind comparison of identical wines. Only the packaging was different. One glass contained wine poured from a standard 750 ml. bottle and the other from a 9 litre poly bag and keg system. Keg and Bottled wine samples, poured [...]

Les Dames Wine: More Than Meets the Eye

By |October 23rd, 2016|

  Les Dames Rosé Updated, August 22nd, 2017: Having a bit of flashback to that day way back in spring, when I first tasted Led Dames Rosé, 2016. Luckily I got to enjoy it again recently, which reminds me it's past time to post a top BC Rosé list. Soon-ish. This is another excellent wine [...]

Stag’s Hollow: The Power of Perseverance

By |March 18th, 2016|

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.

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