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How Alberta’s BC Wine Boycott Cuts Both Ways

February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's boycott of BC wines to force the BC Government's hand on agreeing to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion was a bold move, though perhaps with unintended consequences.

Imbibe Iberia and Plenty More: a Winefest Windfall

February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Iberia calls! There’s both a happy and sad reality to the Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb 24th to March 4th). [...]

Here’s to a Sparkling 2018: A Bonanza of Bubbles

December 30th, 2017|2 Comments

Sparkling wine time is here. And I’m late to the party. My apologies. We’re a tad backed up here in [...]

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David Enns and Partners Announce Naramata Wine Vault

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

David Enns and partners Mik Ball, Robert Gritten and Steven Jaeger have announced plans to establish the Naramata Wine Vault. [...]

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Why Laughing Stock Vineyards Sold to Arterra Wines

December 1st, 2017|1 Comment

The sale of Laughing Stock Vineyards to Arterra Wines Canada was announced this week. The sale, for an undisclosed amount, closed  November 30th. It's the latest in a string of high profile Okanagan winery deals. Arterra [...]

Lisboa — Portugal’s ‘Other’ Wine Region Surprises

November 5th, 2017|0 Comments

  (Map: Wines of Portugal) Lisboa is 'Lisbon' in Portuguese. But it refers also to the wine region to the north and west of the city (known until recently as 'Estremadura'). Lisbon itself [...]

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Natural Wines Blossom in Canada’s Okanagan

October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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“Judgment” Tastings Put BC Wines on World Map

September 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Judgment: The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing. (Merriam-Webster) How do BC wines stack up beside the rest of the world? It’s a question we used hear a lot, though, [...]

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How to Tour the Okanagan Valley in VIP Style

September 2nd, 2017|1 Comment

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 [...]

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Sea Star Spreads its Wings on Saturna

August 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Argentina: Work Horse Wines Deliver Value

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

  Argentina in the spotlight Argentina is this month's focus at BC Liquor Stores. Special deals and free tastings celebrate the South American producer through September 2nd. It’s interesting how Argentina continues to broaden its [...]

How a New Canadian Discovered and Appreciated BC Wine

July 1st, 2017|0 Comments

In honour of Canada's 150th! My good friend Rick Van Sickle ( asked me to contribute to his #CanadaWINE150 project. I was happy to oblige ...   When I first arrived in Montreal, I was [...]

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Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards 2017 Winners: a Unique Contest

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine is unique among wine competitions. Nowhere else, as far as I know, does a panel of judges work so hard to whittle down 486 entries to [...]

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Howard Soon, an Okanagan Legend, Retires (for now)

June 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Howard Soon has just announced he's retiring from his job as Master Winemaker at Andrew Peller Estates, aka Calona Wines, Sandhill, Red Rooster ... and so on. I figure it’s a really good time to [...]

New District: Making the Case for Interesting Wine

April 25th, 2017|2 Comments

Update: The New District 2017 Wine Advent Calendar For the wine lover in your life who thinks they have everything, consider ND’s iconic Wine Advent Calendar—the calendar that started it all! “For the third year, [...]

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Amovino: It’s How to Say ‘I Love Wine’

April 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

At Garagiste North: "The Small Guys" Wine Festival, you'll find only wineries making under 2,000 cases a year.

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6 Good Value Wines to Celebrate Malbec World Day

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

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Bodega Garzon: 5 Reasons Why You’ll Drink Uruguay

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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

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D’Oro Gelato Scoops #VIWF Vintners Brunch

March 4th, 2017|0 Comments

D'Oro Gelato: A moment in the sun Vintners Brunch is a bit like that favourite item on a restaurant menu. It might feel a little bit dated. Maybe it needs a freshen up now and [...]

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Mirabel Vineyards Debuts its Premium Pinot

March 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

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 [...]

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

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival: Why It’s The Most Important Yet

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine Festival! As just about everyone in Vancouver knows, it’s that time of year when the whole city puts on its #winelover hat and heads down to the convention centre. This year, at the 30th [...]

12 Bubbles that Won’t Break the Bank

December 18th, 2016|0 Comments

'Tis the season … for Champagne, Cava, Sekt, Prosecco, Crémant and more. You name it—around this time of year, if it bubbles and pops we love to drink it. First, the good news about sparkling [...]

Keg vs. Bottle: Duking it out at Earls

October 31st, 2016|1 Comment

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. [...]

Les Dames Wine: More Than Meets the Eye

October 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

  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 [...]

8 Must See Okanagan View Wineries

October 19th, 2016|5 Comments

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 [...]

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Meet Juliane Eller: the new face of German wine

August 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

When she came back from her studies at Geisenheim (then 23), Juliane Eller suggested to her parents it was time to do things her way ...

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BC Lieutenant Governor Wine Awards Spotlights Newcomers

June 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

The just concluded BC Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wines is surely one of the most unique competitions anywhere. I'm not aware of any other judging that starts out with over 500 wines [...]

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Wine by the Glass: 5 Reasons to Visit Provence

May 9th, 2016|1 Comment

Provence Marinaside epitomizes the blossoming of Vancouver’s food and wine culture —especially in matters of wine. As anyone who travels knows, especially when it comes to wine by the glass, this city is well ahead [...]

McWatters and Time March On — to Penticton

April 25th, 2016|1 Comment

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.

Kiwi Connections: The Great Tiki Tour in Vancouver

April 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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

Malbec: King for a Day…and More

April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

Malbec World Day (April 17th.) is again fast approaching—yet one more reminder of the value to be found from the South American producer. While it’s true Argentina has built its reputation on Malbec, what might [...]

McWatters Sells Time Estate Land, Building

April 2nd, 2016|2 Comments

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 [...]

Stag’s Hollow: The Power of Perseverance

March 18th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

10 Tasting Room Tips for Wine Fest Survival

February 20th, 2016|1 Comment

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is hailed as one of the best of its kind anywhere. But walking into the Acura International Tasting can be daunting. It doesn't have to be. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Stone’d: Stoneboat Rocks New Label

February 18th, 2016|0 Comments

The Stone’d wines are well-made blends which will doubtless get plenty of attention.

5 Wines for Valentine’s

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Pink seems to be a constant theme, which I guess makes sense. Hearts are good, too. And sex should be in there somewhere, hopefully.

Alistair Veen is BC Sommelier of the Year

January 26th, 2016|2 Comments

There was some seriously hot competition at Vancouver's Rogers Arena this week. And it wasn’t on the ice. CAPS BC (more lengthily known as the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, BC Chapter) held its annual competition [...]

Valpolicella: a Truly Distinct Wine Region

January 22nd, 2016|1 Comment

In Valpolicella, a truly distinctive wine region, it's really all about drying, or Appassimanto

Three Old World White Wines to Broaden your Palate

January 18th, 2016|0 Comments

This year's event—the 38th —puts Italy firmly in the spotlight. That adds up to a perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the remarkable variety of Italian wines from across its 20 contrasting regions, and with no shortage of Italian food, of course.

Good Glass Makes Budget Wines Better

January 7th, 2016|0 Comments

A few weeks ago I was having lunch at a fancy new modern bistro on top of an equally fancy new downtown department store, over which everyone’s gone ga-ga. The food was good, the service [...]

Had a Glass 2016: Ten Years On

November 18th, 2015|2 Comments

“So, what’s a good wine?”...  “What can I buy that won’t break the bank?” What they’re looking for, above all, is Bang for their Buck. Well, that’s what we’re all looking for, right? In the [...]

Britagne: The ‘Champagne’ of British Bubble

November 14th, 2015|3 Comments

Cava, Proseccco, Spumante, Sekt, Cap Classique.  There’s no end of monikers for effervescent efforts that mimic Champagne—even if in Canada we’ve yet to come up with our own handle beyond, truly riveting, ‘Methode Traditionelle.’  The [...]

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