Adventures in Quebec Wines

Exploring new wine regions is always interesting. With little or no prior experience with any of the producers, it is almost like I was starting over from scratch with my wine knowledge. This is particularly true if the wine region is very small and if the grapes are very different from the ‘classic’ vinifera grape […]

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Standing Up for What is Right and Left

What has been happening lately in America has been shocking me. The events of Charlottesville, VA simply didn’t make sense to me. Seeing clips of interviews with ‘white supremacists’ being shared on social media seems like one massive case of looky-loos. It’s one thing to spread that kind of message deliberately but it’s a whole […]

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BC VQA Golden Mile Bench now a reality

They have done it. The Golden Mile Bench can now be used on wine bottle labels starting pretty well right away. It will be seen as “BC VQA Golden Mile Bench”. The wineries that have vineyards within the boundary are CC Jentsch Cellars, Checkmate Artisanal Winery, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Fairview Cellars, Gehringer Brothers Estate […]

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5 Years of Wine Country BC

Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since I started Wine Country BC. Technically the website was registered in July and the first article published July 26th but the first podcast wasn’t released until Sept 8th. I usually consider sometime in August to be the official non-specific blogiversary which, interestingly, I’ve never ever celebrated before […]

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Why You Should See “The Lake”

It’s always interesting when worlds collide. For instance, 15 years ago I was employed by the Canadian Music Centre’s Atlantic Region office as the manager and later worked in the Vancouver office after I’d decided to move to BC. The CMC is a wonderful organization that supports Canadian composers by functioning as a library, archives, […]

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The Nomacorc Revolution, Part 1

Wines in BC are sealed with a multitude of closures including natural corks, synthetic corks, and screw tops. There are a few other products out there with exotic closures but the majority are going to be sealed with one of those three types. This is a topic that really grabbed my attention when I read […]

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BC VQA Golden Mile Bench is on its way

The Golden Mile Bench wineries are now well on their way to having the Okanagan’s first sub-appellation. It represents the first serious step in narrowing the focus of BC wines, stratifying the growing regions, and shining some light on what those many microclimates can contribute to the wines we drink. This could be an ugly […]

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New OK Falls winery

Just saw this the other day and decided I couldn’t go past it without stopping in. Lusitano Estate Winery is located east down Rolling Hills Road which is opposite Noble Ridge’s wine shop. It’s a beautiful hilltop setting for a 14-acre vineyard and isn’t that far off the beaten path. Fred & Fernanda Ganhao are […]

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