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The Medal Counts: 2013 BC Wine Award Results

By |October 3rd, 2013|

A tough job but ... Yes, I know, there should be a way more sexy pic here. But that’s all there is: a down and dirty get it done, direct from the action shot that exposes the gritty reality of judging the morning’s first flight. We had planned to have all kinds of [...]

Stoneboat’s Very Cool Icewine Nod to The Cape

By |September 29th, 2013|

Pinotage icewine? Yup, it's a first! I never fail to be intrigued by the connections afforded by the wine world. Call it six brix of separation.  These days it seems icewine comes in every varietal and colour. I have to admit I’m not always a fan. There are way too many ‘sugar bombs’ [...]

No Roughing it in Osoyoos: Watermark Hits the Mark and More

By |September 27th, 2013|

The view from Watermark Resort: An ever changing panorama I’ll admit it: when I’m in full-on writing mode, I’m a bit of a home-body, which can be challenging on the road. All the more reason why I’m very happy to be ensconced in the Watermark Beach Resort, in Osoyoos, in southern BC. Yes, [...]

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 [...]

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