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What’s in a Blend? Don’t Ask Kevin Grant!

By |September 22nd, 2013|

What’s in a blend? Why worry? One of the many interesting people I met at Beautiful South in London last week was winemaker Kevin Grant. He and his wife Hanli own Ataraxia in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, on a ridge overlooking the stunningly beautiful, cooler coastal region—whose name (which means "Heaven on Earth") kept popping up during [...]

Culmina Family Estate Hypothesis, More Than a Theoretical Winner

By |September 6th, 2013|

Culmina Hypothesis 2011 Culmina's inaugural release: Hypothesis     Here’s a wine we figured would be worth waiting for, and we weren’t disappointed, as it more than lived up to our expectations. This is the inaugural release from just opened Culmina Family Estate, the project undertaken by Don Triggs, his wife Elaine  and [...]

The Beautiful South: Wines of South Africa, Chile and Argentina

By |August 28th, 2013|

The Beautiful South Salta, Aconcagua and Robertson are just a small part of the big, Beautiful South Next month in London, they’ll pull the wraps off “The Beautiful South”, a two day tasting extravaganza (September 11, 12) that brings together South Africa, Chile and Argentina in a major collaboration. Even though the countries [...]

From Touriga to Tannat, Moon Curser Delivers the Goods

By |August 18th, 2013|

Some years ago, I visited an upstart little winery in Australia by the name of Yellow Tail, along with an enthusiastic group of Aussie and Kiwi wholesalers. We shared a casual lunch at makeshift tables in the warehouse (they’d expanded so fast there was no reception room), along with several local growers, who had been [...]

A Clutch of Wines for BC Day from Across the Province

By |August 4th, 2013|

Centennial BC Coat of Arms at Government House This elaborately carved coat of arms from 1958 details the history of European settlement and early industries—grape growing not among them.  (More below ...) There's no time like the B.C. Day long weekend to celebrate the diversity of B.C. wines, no matter where in the [...]

BC Riesling Deal Alert: Peller Estates VQA Private Reserve Dry Riesling 2011

By |August 2nd, 2013|

 Peller Okanagan (Similkameen?) Dry Riesling A few insiders will know that Peller Okanagan Dry Riesling heralded in this year's garlic crop! If you move really quickly you can buy Andrew Peller Private Reserve (VQA) Dry Riesling for just over $11 at BC Liquor Stores.  Believe me, as they say “while stocks last”, it’s [...]

Belly’s Budget Best: Seven Summer Sippers

By |August 2nd, 2013|

In sippers, Picpoul Rules This unique wine is always on our Go-To summer 'fridge' list   There’s no rhyme nor reason to this list. Just a few decent and, above all, pretty wallet friendly whites, perfect for value-driven summer sipping. You can pin this one to the fridge!  We’re also working on a [...]

Quails’ Gate Welcomes Nikki Callaway as New Winemaker

By |July 24th, 2013|

Nikki Callaway and "Olli" New Quails Gate winemaker Nikki Callaway and her dog, Olli Quails Gate has announced that Nikki Callaway will take over the reins from Grant Stanley as winemaker. (Stanley left Quails Gate this spring to join 50th Parallel.) Callaway is no stranger to Quails Gate. For the last five years [...]

La Source des Fées: a Little Corner of Paradise in Fuissé, Burgundy

By |July 19th, 2013|

 La Source des Fées: in the heart of the Burgundian countryside La Souce des Fées is tucked away in picturesque Fuissé When I was in my early teens my parents arranged a summer exchange with my French pen-pal. I’d already crossed the Channel once (to sing at Chartres Cathedral), a trip that marked [...]

6 Helpful Hints (and more) for a Successful #Okanagan Wine Tour

By |July 18th, 2013|

Planning a wine tour? Here's a few ground rules Not a bad way to start the day: at Quails Gate, overlooking Lake Okanagan A couple of weeks ago I found myself on the patio at Quails Gate’s impressive, vista-kissed tasting room, at around 10 in the morning. The first wine up was Quails [...]

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