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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 [...]

McWatters and Time March On — to Penticton

By |April 25th, 2016|

Harry McWatters is like the venerable Energizer Bunny... Every time you think he might be done, he keeps on going. And it’s usually well ahead of the curve.

5+ Reasons to Hit the Kamloops Wine Trail

By |November 7th, 2015|

Kamloops, BC: The Thompson Valley is BC's newest wine region British Columbia’s wineries continue to push the boundaries, opening up new areas previously not deemed capable of ripening grapes. A decade ago, if you'd suggested to anyone that Kamloops would be on the verge of becoming B.C.'s newest wine region, chances are you would have [...]

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 [...]

Fort Berens Estate: A Leap Forward for Lillooet

By |October 13th, 2015|

Every time I taste a wine from Fort Berens I’m impressed. While it may well be the wine itself that makes its mark (their 2012 was a pop-out BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award winner), it’s also the overall story that grabs me. I’ve been watching the growth of BC’s “borderline” regions with interest. I don’t fault [...]

5 Reasons to Watch Maverick Estate Winery

By |July 25th, 2015|

(Updated reviews 20/02/16) For a couple of years now I’ve been watching the progress of Maverick Estate Winery. The wines made by South African born Bertus Albertyn impressed me right out of the gate—even before I knew that Bertus was (briefly) the winemaker at Don Triggs’ Culmina project, before moving on to Burrowing Owl. Since [...]

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 [...]

Galicia, Albariño & Seafood: 3 Great Reasons to visit NW Spain

By |November 6th, 2014|

A rugged coastline reminiscent of Cornwall, maybe Ireland, even Galicia: I’m resigned to the fact that I’m a wee bit obsessed with the place. I’ve just returned from my second visit. It was whirlwind tour of only three days, into which we managed to pack visits to wineries in three sub-regions; enjoy a smorgasbord of [...]

Drink in Wine Tourism Day with this Summerland Deal!

By |October 20th, 2014|

Wine Tourism day wraps up with dinner at Summerland's Local Lounge | Grill (image supplied) (From the release) November 8 marks North America’s 2nd annual Wine Tourism Day.  Okanagan Crush Pad has gathered neighbouring wineries, restaurants and a hotel, to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine county. The winery itself will [...]

Golden Mile Bench Approved as Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation

By |October 17th, 2014|

South Okanagan, including the proposed Golden Mile Bench, from Anarchist Mtn., Tim Pawsey photo Updated: October 17th, 2014 ... GOLDEN MILE APPROVED AS BC's FIRST SUB G-I As per the British Columbia Grape Authority: "Golden Mile Bench" Sub-GI Application On May 20, 2014 the Authority received an application from a group of proponents [...]

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