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Looking Back at 20 Years with Okanagan’s Blue Mountain Vineyards

By |September 16th, 2010|

This fall sees numerous events to mark the 20th anniversary of Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA)—BC’s AOC-styled origin system. Along with the 1988 US-Canada Free Trade Agreement, it was, arguably, the turning point for an industry far too long dependent on bulk wine imports and labeling mis-truths—even if those not so little annoyances still [...]

Canadian Wine Marketer Christine Coletta Unveils her Own Wine

By |August 16th, 2010|

Coletta goes haywire. Not! BC’s newest wine, for this week at least, is Haywire—which just also happens to be the latest brainchild of Christine Coletta, the long-time (and arguably most savvy) Canadian wine marketer. It was her efforts, way back in the early ‘90s, that contributed greatly to putting BC wines on the world map, [...]

Red Wine and Fish? It All Depends …

By |August 15th, 2010|

Fishworks halibut started out well with Stag'sHollow Viognier Marsanne, but the best match might just surprise you - Tim Pawsey photo This week we managed to get our hands on a sizeable, freshly caught Robson Bight Sockeye, which has already served us deliciously well. As we were busy butchering and deboning we found [...]

Tantalus Vineyards’ Unveils BC’s First LEED Winery in Okanagan Valley

By |May 21st, 2010|

Clean and Lean, New Winery is Really           ‘Very Riesling’ Tantalus Vineyards has emerged as the Okanagan’s de facto flagship Riesling producer—and rightly so. For the last few years the winery operated out of the former Pinot Reach facility—a delightful, if somewhat rustic arrangement not entirely conducive to the [...]

Why You Should Visit the New Gray Monk Winery & Get the Tee Shirt Too

By |May 16th, 2010|

I used to get corked - now I'm screwed! Gray Monk's ingenious expansion brings a whole new dimension - Tim Pawsey photo (Updated, see below) We weren't there at the very beginning, when, in 1972, George and Trudy Heiss were among the first to envision the Okanagan Valley's potential as a serious wine [...]

Former Vincor CEO Don Triggs & Elaine Triggs Move Up on Okanagan Winery

By |May 12th, 2010|

Don and Elaine Triggs: busy planting their Golden Mile vineyards - Tim Pawsey photo Newest vineyard above Golden Mile is one of the South Okanagan's highest yet It’s just over four years since then Vincor CEO Don Triggs concluded the deal that saw the company sold to global wine giant Constellation. While Triggs [...]

Blossoming Similkameen: A Fledgeling BC Wine Region Spreads its Wings

By |May 7th, 2010|

Similkameen Valley and Cawston from the Fairview Road, Tim Pawsey photo CAWSTON, B.C.--A sleepy backwater defined by its namesake river and towering peaks, the Similkameen Valley delights in its quiet, rural character that sets it apart from the Okanagan at large. At least since the last gold rush, farming is a mainstay. What's [...]

Hear BC Winegrowers John and Lynn Bremmer on BC’s Wine History

By |April 27th, 2010|

“When the hybrids were gone and vinifera started producing ... the government started smiling ... and wine-writers started writing things like, ‘It’s OK!’"   —John Bremmer South Okanagan Banée honorees John and Lynn Bremmer don’t hold back as they talk about the birth of the modern BC wine industry: Topics include: the days of [...]

Sub-Appellation Status May be in the Cards for Okanagan Wineries

By |April 20th, 2010|

Could the Golden Mile sub-appellation be in place in time for the 2011 harvest? Winemaker Bill Eggert from Fairview Cellars Winery in the (potential) Golden Mile sub-appellation – photo by Tim Pawsey As it turned, the answer was "no." But it turned out to be only a matter of time before Golden Mile [...]

The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide: Don’t Leave Home Without It!

By |April 18th, 2010|

—John Schreiner’s latest Okanagan wine guide If anyone’s even thinking about opening a new winery in BC, chances are John Schreiner knows about it. Schreiner’s Okanagan Wine Tour Guide—edition no. 3—comes out May 1 (Whitecap $19.99). If you’re serious about keeping up with BC’s ever changing wine scene, it’s a ‘must have.’ We’ve known and [...]

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