A New Door Opens

There hasn't been a whole lot to celebrate this past year so small victories are worth celebrating. After a year of uncertainties with jobs, limited times to gather to play to play music, and the constant spectre of the pandemic, some good news came to me unexpectedly this fall that I felt was worth celebrating. …

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Vintage Pooches

Benny from Seven Stones Winery in Cawston, after passing his tractor license. (Photo by Troy Townsin) In touring wineries, I've encountered many wine dogs over the years. I think that it belittles them to call them mascots because they often do a lot more work than any mascot could. Some have real jobs to do …

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Naramata: The Board Game

Naramata wasn't the first wine region in B.C., nor is it the largest. But it will be the first B.C. wine region to be the setting for a wine touring-themed board game. If shopping locally isn't enough, now you'll be able to play locally too. The game is the creation of game designer Chris Dias …

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Support “Local”

Readers (or listeners, if you go way back like that...) of Wine Country BC will know that supporting our local wine industry has been at the foundation of what I've been talking about on this blog. In the 11 years that has past since I started this site, B.C. wine has both increased in quality …

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A Sip of History: Who is Joseph Renyi?

If the town of Oliver is going to call itself "The Wine Capital of Canada", there should be at least a little credit given to the first person to plant in a vineyard there. Though this person did not necessarily make wine commercially from those grapes, he was an early champion of the potential for …

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Apples to apples, must to must…

The Okanagan Valley (and yes, the Similkameen too...) are what most people think about when they think about B.C. wine (or #BCwine, if you prefer). Most of the grape production happens in these regions and it far and away the dominant presence in the province's wine industry. What does that do to the other regions …

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A Sip of History: Where Credit is Due

Over the course of researching for Valleys of Wine, I was extremely lucky to meet so many amazing people. Two of those people left me in amazement. This wasn't because of their characters or personalities (both of which were huge) but that their contributions to the wine industry in B.C. have gone largely ignored. Even …

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A Sip of History: BC’s First Winery

One of the first questions that I am asked when talking about the history of British Columbia's wine industry is, "Which winery was the first?" I can think of at least 3 wine shops that I've been to where they claim to be the first winery, oldest vineyard, or the first to use this or …

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True Wine Adventures in Nakusp: Valley of the Springs Winery

If you are looking for a real wine adventure, this is it. Visiting a wine region that currently only has one winery means that it is adventure you'll be seeking and not a full day of wine touring. Nakusp, BC is located near the mid-point of the Upper Arrow Lakes and just like the Okanagan, …

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River Stone Estate Winery

River Stone Estate Winery should be on your radar by now. If you haven't been able to try their wines, any of them, then you are missing out on the authentic boutique B.C. wine experience.  I featured them on a podcast way back in 2011 but had met owners Ted and Lorraine Kane some time …

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