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Kamloops’ first winery, Harper’s Trail Releases Inaugural Cabernet Franc

By |November 19th, 2013|

Harper’s Trail has released its inaugural Cab Franc—and my guess is it will get plenty of attention. Well, it should anyway. In fact, you could file this under “One more reason why Cab Franc could be BC’s defining red variety.” I do think this is a ground-breaking wine. If you had asked people a decade [...]

Lake Sonoma Wines: Cross-Border Co-Pro Promises to Deliver

By |November 18th, 2013|

Tony Stewart and Dan Zepponi celebrate their latest joint venture, overlooking Lake Sonoma (image supplied) The other week I had a chance to catch up with Quails Gate CEO Tony Stewart. We’ve followed Quails Gate almost since day one, and can just about track every achievement made over the years—and there have been [...]

Terry Threlfall’s TNT: Blowing Away Preconceptions of Okanagan Chardonnay

By |November 7th, 2013|

Latest from Okanagan Crush Pad's 'Campus' series... Wine is very much about “people and place.” It’s a fact. Much of what makes wine so fascinating is just that: few other products yield so strong a connection to the land as grapes and the people who grow them, make wine out of them—or in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Time Estate Winery Unveiled by BC Wine Pioneer Harry McWatters (Video)

By |June 9th, 2013|

Time Estate founder Harry McWatters Time Estate Winery founder Harry McWatters with architect's model, Tim Pawsey photo   I never thought I’d use Harry McWatters’ name in the same sentence as Jim Croce’s.  But there I was, walking home from the official launch of the BC pioneer’s new winery, Time Estate Winery, quietly [...]

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