Food and Wine Pairing in Kelowna

Want to have some fun with food and wine? The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College is putting on a food and wine pairing course. It's a practical way of learning about why certain foods go with certain wines and why other combinations might not work at all. It's a lot of fun, a lot of …

Continue reading Food and Wine Pairing in Kelowna

Garagiste 2016

I was able to attend my second Garagiste North Festival last Sunday, September 18th and two years after the festival began, I can safely report that it is still the most casual, accessible, and most really-like-it-is-in-wine-country wine festival I've ever attended. The first one was held in 2014 and was hosted by Meyer Family Vineyards in …

Continue reading Garagiste 2016

2015 Wildfires in Oliver – A Recap

I usually don't get to post that much over the summer since traditionally it is a busy time of year here in wine country. The high season was generally pretty good and wineries that I got to talk to as the summer progressed were pretty optimistic about this vintage. They still are that way as …

Continue reading 2015 Wildfires in Oliver – A Recap

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 …

Continue reading BC VQA Golden Mile Bench now a reality

Clos du Soleil in the UK

It's so nice to see that we here in the colonies are able to rise to royal occasions and recently Clos du Soleil from the Similkameen Valley has had the opportunity for pouring wine at such an event. The event in question is the official re-opening of Canada House in London, England where where Her Majesty …

Continue reading Clos du Soleil in the UK

Cheers to 2015

Rather than spend time looking back at all the things that happened in 2014 with another "Year in Review"-thing, why don't we spend a little time looking forward? I like to head towards goal rather than dwell on the past. We can't predict what the weather or the actual vintage will be like in 2015 but we …

Continue reading Cheers to 2015

Podcast 147 – Similkameen BBQ King 2014

What can I say about the Similkameen BBQ King that I haven't already said before? For starters, in this podcast at least, I just shut up and started listening to what others had to say. Other media people and other attendees at this year's competition. As always, it was tons of fun. As always, the food …

Continue reading Podcast 147 – Similkameen BBQ King 2014

Festival of the Grape – Still Room for wineries

If you have a winery in BC, there is still time to be a part of this year's Festival of the Grape! I am the Wine Chair for this year's Festival of the Grape Committee and have noticed that there are still a few spaces left in the tasting tents. So I thought I'd put …

Continue reading Festival of the Grape – Still Room for wineries