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Looking to Pamper Your Palate? Maybe it’s Time to Join a Wine Club

By |December 4th, 2012|

Buying wine by the case has its benefits, Tim Pawsey photo© Changes are happening at a rapid pace to the ways in which Canadians have traditionally been able to purchase and consume their wine. In Manitoba it's only a matter of days before the first  Manitoba Liquor Mart will open in Pembina Safeway. [...]

“The Lake”: When History, Music and Wine Combine

By |October 29th, 2012|

  Quails Gate Estate, on the site of the Allison homestead, overlooks Lake Okanagan (photo Brian Sprout) UPDATED: The Lake opens tonight—and is sold out. The good news is there are still tix for tomorrow night (November 15). And the better news is that all audience members  have a chance to enter a draw [...]

Sea Cider House Rules: An Elixir Redefined on BC’s Saanich Peninsular

By |July 26th, 2012|

Sea Cider: a wide range of styles, Tim Pawsey photo My first encounter with real cider happened at a relatively youg age. Not long after my 16th birthday, in a misguided attempt to beat the summer heat, I downed an ice cold pint of draught Somerset scrumpy—which was probably around 8 percent ABV, [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By |July 21st, 2012|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

“Free My Grapes:” BC Allows Unlimited ‘Imports’ of Canadian Wine

By |July 12th, 2012|

Nova Scotia L'Acadie Brut: now you can bring it to BC by the case without paying the LDB markup, Tim Pawsey photo It’s fascinating to watch the rapidly unfolding machinations surrounding today’s announcement that BC will now allow its residents to bring in wine from other provinces free of the usual BC mark-up—as long as [...]

Black Hills Wine Experience Centre Takes Tasting to the Next Level

By |June 16th, 2012|

Smart decor, covered patio, Golden Mile vista. Works for me... TP photo Beyond test driving our Zagat equipped Acura, the main reason for last week’s Okanagan swing was to take in the Vinos and check out Black Hills snappy new tasting room—aka Black Hills Wine Experience Centre. Black Hills president Glenn Fawcett, [...]

GPS Wine Touring in Style with the 2013 Acura RDX Tech

By |June 14th, 2012|

I started my recent wine tour of the Okanagan Valley a little early, right in Vancouver, to be precise. This time I left behind my own car in favour of a swish, spacious and sporty, titanium 2013 Acura RDX Tech, courtesy of Acura Canada—just like the one in The Avengers! Aside from [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By |November 15th, 2011|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

Summerhill Winery: Boxed in by Slow Moving BC VQA Regulations

By |August 15th, 2011|

Is it just a storm in a wine glass? Or is there more to this than meets the eye? Summerhill Winery (besides being infatuated with shapes Cheopic) is well known for its penchant for all things organic and environmental, so it came as no surprise to hear that the view-kissed East Kelowna winery, [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |July 5th, 2011|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

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