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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Ontario quarantines its wine industry for another year

Oh Ontario. More news to file until the "Not really that surprising" category. Ontario's Ford government has extended the restriction on receiving interprovincial shipments of wine through their regulations. Wine lawyer Mark Hicken posted today that the Ontario government has amended the law to restrict wine shipments from outside of the province for another year …

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How many Gold Medals are there?

On my first wine tour in the Okanagan, the very first winery offered us a tasting of their gold medal-winning Gewurztraminer. We loved it and bought a bottle. Then, at the next winery, we were offered a tasting of their gold medal-winning Gewurztraminer. It was good too and we bought that as well. Driving away, …

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Who listens to podcasts these days?

Podcasts have been around for well over a decade now. When I first started producing the Wine Country BC podcast in 2009, it was not new technology, but I often had to explain to people how to listen to them. Apple released the Podcasts app beginning with the iPhone 4 and podcasts started to take …

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No More Feeding at the Trough – Tasting Rooms During COVID-19

Wine shops should be teaming with people by now. Tourists should be coming to the Okanagan in droves and enjoying wines on patios and tasting bars. Wineries should be selling their newest vintages as they have every year. None of that is happening right now. At least not with the same volume as previous years. …

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Wine Reviews: To Care or Not To Care

Let me be right up front about this from the beginning. I've never liked wine reviews. When I was learning about wine, I found them a bit silly, never really useful for deciding for myself about which wines to seek out, and when I did find one and its review, was never able to really …

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