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Winning Wines at The Osoyoos Oyster Festival

By |April 26th, 2014|

Osoyoos beach from the Watermark Resort The Osoyoos ‘Oyster’ Festival? Seriously? I must admit, I was just a tad surprised when I first heard of the idea. After all, burgeoning bivalves is maybe not the first thing that come to mind when you consider the sandy (rock free), shores of the South Okanagan’s [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

By |January 10th, 2014|

Another Haywire first! How about toasting The Year of the Horse with a brightly adorned bottle of Okanagan Pinot Noir? While several BC wineries have turned their attention to Hong Kong and the broader mainland Chinese market in the last couple of years, few have pursued the significant Canadian Asian market here at [...]

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 [...]

Canadian Thanksgiving: No Better Time to Celebrate the “Best of BC”

By |October 9th, 2013|

The "Best of BC", from the scenic South Okanagan Valley, Tim Pawsey photo Heads up for the "Best of BC"! There was a time not that long ago when BC Liquor Stores received a fair amount of criticism that most of BC’s “icon” wines were not available at the Peoples’ Purveyor. It was [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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