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Four Great Reasons to Take in Top Drop

By |September 9th, 2015|

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 the selection of wineries did indeed appeal to a more curious taster, as well as to sommeliers looking to tweak [...]

Steven Spurrier Hails BC Wines

By |August 28th, 2015|

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 Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine, organised by Wines of British Columbia.  It was one of the best tastings in which [...]

Steven Spurrier Comes to BC

By |August 22nd, 2015|

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 Vancouver does mark another major milestone in the still young history of the industry. I'm reminded of the first time [...]

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 [...]

Chilling Out at Similkameen Barbecue King

By |July 20th, 2015|

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 of six weeks of scorching temperatures and a weekend of lightning strikes. The rain held off for a while. But, [...]

Orofino: A Clever, Concrete Solution

By |July 16th, 2015|

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 2014 (Similkameen Valley). Orofino owners John and Virginia Weber are known for their forward thinking ways: when they moved to [...]

6 Worthy (Almost) Award Winning Wines

By |June 25th, 2015|

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 the glory from the 14 stellar winners of the 2015 BC lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in BC Wine, however, [...]

Winners: 2015 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

By |June 16th, 2015|

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 any previous year. It's a sure sign of the excellent conditions of the last two vintages. And also a measure [...]

Sea Star Estate: Gulf Islands’ Stellar New Winery

By |June 3rd, 2015|

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.

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 [...]

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