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 …

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Visiting New Wineries in BC

There have been a few new additions to the winery scene in the south Okanagan and Similkameen valleys recently. As I have been deep into research for my book and WSET diploma, the "blogger" part of my brain that usually jumps out in front whenever I see a new winery sign on the road has …

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The 2016 LG Award Winners

It's that time of year again when I get distracted by stats relating to the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in BC Wine. You can find my "analysis" of the winners from 2014 and 2015. This year's winners are a very interesting collection of wineries. Here is the complete list: Bordertown Vineyards & Estate Winery 2013 Living …

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Why the Garagistes are so important in BC

When the Garagiste North Small Guys Wine Festival first took place in 2014 at an event hosted by Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, I was thrilled. Super excited. And I didn't even really know why. I went, I tasted, I interviewed (badly, as it turned out that all of the audio was unusable to …

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Whose history is this anyway?

History is a funny enough thing without wine. Then when you add wine, it just gets better but a bit ridiculous. Especially in a relatively new wine region like we have here in BC. Just reading through various sources makes me wonder if what I'm writing for my upcoming book on BC wine history is …

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Cool new wine tech in the Okanagan

This just in folks, a very interesting to development in winemaking. It's been tested on whites and rose so far, but it could be interesting for reds as well. Essentially, it looks like a way to keep a lot of the aromas in fermenting wines from escaping during fermentation. Anyone who has been around wineries …

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Where there’s a wine, there’s a way

Hey BC wine-lovin' folks, how's your year been going so far? You've probably been wondering just what they heck is up with Wine Country BC these days? If you haven't, well, I'm going to tell you anyways. I am busy. Busy like I've never been busy in any winter before kind of busy. Podcasting took …

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VQA Store Model is Changing

On Tuesday, November 17th, the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) issued a press release that took many in the wine industry by surprise. But it really shouldn't have been a surprise. The real surprise might be coming later. The new rules on alcohol in BC that were implemented in April 2015 allow wine to be sold in …

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