Slow going

Hey folks, it’s been a while. And there’s reasons for it. Not that I feel that I have to explain or rationalize anything to anyone – I don’t – but sometimes when I follow a blog or a website and nothing happens for a while without any explaination, I like to know what happened.

Many of you know that I am writing a book about the history of wine in B.C. That is taking up a lot of my time at the moment. When I need to be dedicating a lot of my brain’s word output to that, things like this get neglected. That will change when the book gets completed, I promise.

Podcasting? Well, that’s a whole other story. I would love to see a return to that at some point and probably will. But with many of the original crew having babies, getting big wine-makering jobs, or, like my buddy Aaron, moved on to a better world, it will mean assembling a new crew and getting things set up all over again. See the previous paragraph for why this isn’t possible.

I am also studying for my WSET Diploma, which is no small task and I probably would have not done so had I gotten my book contract earlier. I am also performing music more often to help pay the bills (odd that music has always supported my wine career…) That’s how it goes here in wine country – when it rains, it pours, and then it doesn’t rain again for months at a time and everything gets super dry and then it just burns. I also have a part-time job and apparently a family, although they don’t get to see me that often. (They all have their own iThings now though so they don’t even notice when I’m not here. When they need something, they text me…)

Rest assured that I will have plenty more to say about the wines of B.C. Diving deep into the history of it as I have been doing has shown me a lot about what makes our province’s wine tick. I have come to some interesting conclusions about our industry and can’t wait to share those with  you in the book.

For those who are interested in new wineries to look out for this season :

Nighthawk – I finally got to visit it after hearing about it last fall. Very nice people, very beautiful setting, great tasting experience and the wines are each solid and unique with none of that “new winery smell”* that most new wineries have for the first few years . They are just past See Ya Later Ranch in OK Falls so there’s now two reasons to drive up that rediculous hill…

Bordertown Vineyard and Estate Winery – I’ve watched them build their winery (and even tweeted a photo of it way back) but have yet to stop in and visit or try their wines. I’m always interested when I hear good things about a winery and NOTHING but good things so I suspect this place will be busy. They are right on the highway in Osoyoos so as far as locations go, they have it pretty awesome. Don’t pass them by this summer.

Ciao Bella Winery – Very nice people – I stood next to them at a trade tasting for 3 hours. Their wine shop is off the beaten path in West Kelowna and, along with Kalala, is another reason to venture up Glencoe Road.

So there we are, a small update of sorts.

Cheers from wine country!

~Luke

* New Winery Smell – When a new winery opens, sometimes I find that all of the wines kind of taste similar and everything smells so super-clean that all of the wines squeak. Whatever it is that gives an old, established wineries’ wines personality and style, new wineries don’t often have for whatever reason. Probably just because they are too new…

 

6 thoughts on “Slow going

  1. Enjoy reading your blogs, Luke. Too bad Aaron isn’t around – he would likely have enjoyed visiting Ciao Bella. That was his farewell word of choice, ‘Ciao’.

    • Ha! I hadn’t thought of that. I did think that we would have had a great discussion as to why someone would name their winery “Ciao Bella” when there is already a winery called “Bella”.

  2. We don’t mind, your book will be worth the wait! Also, I loved your summary of BC wine in The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker!

    • Thanks Chelsea! And thanks for reading that. I had to cut it down a lot. My next book will be a how-to for writers: “How to write something in 300 words that should take 150,000”.

  3. Hey. Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sure to visit those wineries next time I’m out. I get it man. Life moves along and gets crazy. Just when I thought I was done studying, turns out I’m not. More italian wine studies for me which I then hope, as the saying goes,all roads lead to Rome. Or in my case…Sicily..or Piemonte..or Campania. You’ll get wherever you need to go my friend!

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