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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 [...]

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 [...]

Winners: 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines

By |June 27th, 2013|

Judging for the BC Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards takes place at Victoria's Government House, TP photo It’s tempting to just run the list without any comment, as the wines tend to stand on their own. And that’s the point. At the outset of this competition back in 2002, more than a few thought [...]

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 [...]

50th Parallel Estate Winery welcomes winemaker Grant Stanley (Video)

By |June 2nd, 2013|

50th Parallel Estate Winery owners welcome Grant Stanley Grant Stanley (l) has joined 50th Parallel Estate Winery owners Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel and Curtis Krouzel in what promises to be a significant player in the Okanagan, Tim Pawsey photo 50th Parallel Estate Winery is located near Carr's Landing, just north of Kelowna, Google Maps [...]

Howard Soon: “2012 is one of the Best Vintages We’ve Ever Had” (Video)

By |April 15th, 2013|

Last week after the BC Wine Institute Vintage Preview, we asked Peller master winemaker Howard Soon for a few comments about his Sandhill Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2012 vintage...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S0OWF2bMiQ   Here's our story from the North Shore News: ... What was interesting this time was that the viticulturalists were invited along to offer [...]

Rosé Smackdown: Two of the Okanagan’s More Serious Wine Guys Go Toe to Toe

By |March 13th, 2013|

David Scholefield (left) and Michael Bartier—No fun at all ... TP photo Rosé has a long and sometimes less than illustrious history in BC, which is one reason why, no doubt, messrs. Bartier and Scholefield (aka BS Wines) have elected to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and duke out their stylistic differences. [...]

Don and Elaine Triggs Pull the Wraps Off Culmina Family Estate Winery

By |February 4th, 2013|

Elaine, Sara and Don Triggs (and Barry the Corgi) on their recently sculpted and now planted high Okanagan bench, (image supplied) UPDATED: (From the release, Feb 13, 2013... More good news today (that we had heard was awaiting confirmation)... Pascal Madevon joins CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY as Vineyard Manager & Winemaker Pascal Madevon, [...]

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