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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 [...]

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.

  • Malbec Malbec plantings in Uco Valley, Argentina, against the stunning backdrop of the Andes draped in fresh snow, Tim Pawsey photo

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 [...]

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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 award winning dessert at VIWF Vintners Brunch

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|1 Comment

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 [...]

  • Tidal Bay winery owner Pete Luckett

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

  Open a bottle of Les Dames Wine and you’ll be doing more than just twisting the cap on a decent drop.You’ll be helping a good cause. These well made wines are part of a fundraising [...]

8 Must See Okanagan View Wineries

October 19th, 2016|4 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 [...]

  • Juliane Eller of JuWel wine

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|0 Comments

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 [...]

  • Wine by the glass detail and taps at Provence Vancouver

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|0 Comments

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|2 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 [...]

5+ Reasons to Hit the Kamloops Wine Trail

November 7th, 2015|1 Comment

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 [...]

BC Craft Cider: Apples to Apples and More

October 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Adge Cutler & the Wurzels: cider fueled comedy and a legend in their time (Courtesy Wikipedia) I’ll admit it: I have a soft spot for cider. While I wasn’t exactly weaned on it, [...]

Blue Grouse: A Landmark Winery Reborn

October 29th, 2015|2 Comments

  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 [...]

In Search of the Perfect Oyster Wine

October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Joseph Mellot Sancerre—the perfect match We’re seriously back on our oyster kick, after the long drought that saw oyster sales banned due to the risk of Vibrio Vulnificus. That’s the disease that oysters [...]

Fort Berens Estate: A Leap Forward for Lillooet

October 13th, 2015|3 Comments

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 [...]

Barbara Philip, MW demystifies Bordeaux

September 19th, 2015|1 Comment

Bordeaux 2012: a sneak peek with MW Barbara Philip There’s no denying the mystique of Bordeaux. It’s entrenched in wine lore. Many will say: “And rightly so.” After all, Bordeaux is still regarded as [...]

Four Great Reasons to Take in Top Drop

September 9th, 2015|0 Comments

This week sees the return of Top Drop Vancouver (Sept 10-11), a "wine and more" festival that focuses very much on smaller wineries and other craft producers. Last year’s debut was rightly well received—likely because [...]

Steven Spurrier Hails BC Wines

August 28th, 2015|6 Comments

Steven Spurrier with Judgment of BC curator D.J. Kearney I’m still sifting through the results (***See below for the full list)  from this past week’s Judgment  of BC tasting, led by D.J. Kearney, with Steven [...]

Steven Spurrier Comes to BC

August 22nd, 2015|1 Comment

It's a very Canadian trait that we rarely confer praise on our own until validity is confirmed from the outside. But the fact that British wine expert Steven Spurrier is taking time to visit the Okanagan and [...]

  • Maverick enjoys impressive views of the South Okanagan

5 Reasons to Watch Maverick Estate Winery

July 25th, 2015|2 Comments

(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 [...]

  • Welcoming hosts Andrew and Stephane at Similkameen's Tree to Me

Chilling Out at Similkameen Barbecue King

July 20th, 2015|1 Comment

Climb the tower at Tree to Me to enjoy this  Similkameen view Who knew that rain in BC would ever be so welcome? Last week’s Similkameen BBQ King took place against a backdrop [...]

  • Origin sourced its Syrah from Scout Vineyard: classic Similkameen

Orofino: A Clever, Concrete Solution

July 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Orofino sourced its Syrah from nearby Scout Vineyard: classic Similkameen The ingenuity of winemakers never ceases to amaze me. Case in point: the recently released and impressive, concrete aged Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah [...]

6 Worthy (Almost) Award Winning Wines

June 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Potential (almost) Lieutenant Governor's award winners, worth a look Sometimes with wine competitions it's well worth checking the list of wines that didn't quite win but came pretty close. Not to take away [...]

Winners: 2015 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

June 16th, 2015|1 Comment

BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards judging The winners are announced by Government House for this year's Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wine. This year there were more wineries awarded than in [...]

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Sea Star Estate: Gulf Islands’ Stellar New Winery

June 3rd, 2015|6 Comments

Sea Star (which has blossomed on the former Morning Bay property) has plenty going for it, starting with a strong team and a keen focus on producing what makes sense for the region.