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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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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Wine Shops: Why do some wineries get it so wrong?

Wine shops are weird places. There aren't a lot of other businesses where you can go, consume some of the product for free (or nearly free), and buy (or not buy) some of said product. Test driving cars or trying on clothes are both perhaps the closest, except that in both cases the product doesn't …

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Judge Carefully and Get the Facts

This came up last year and for some reason I was thinking about again this year as we in the valley begin to welcome the thousands of visitors over the summer. It was something that I didn't even really notice at the time but has been showing itself a little more lately. I was on …

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Mullings Over Wine Pretentiousness in the Digital World

Here is what I hear when I read reviews or listen to someone criticize wine shops, wine shop staff, or even sommeliers as being "pretentious". I hear this: "Everything I need to know, I already know. Anything that someone tells me that may differ from that is wrong, must be false, and is therefore completely fabricated …

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Planning your trip to wine country

It's that time of year again! The time when Google searches, dog-eared Wine Trails magazines, and copies of John Schreiner's tour books start occupying all of your reading time in anticipation of your trip to the Okanagan this summer. Where are you going to stay? What are you going to do? Which wineries will you …

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Restaurants and Wine: A Love Story

I've had a few questions about restaurants and the wines that they serve. As this was a study topic for a recent WSET exam, I've been doing a lot of research about it lately and have some things to say. That said, I don't claim to be an expert on anything about the decisions that …

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Ageing Wines – Why Bother?

Here we go - another off-shoot of my Nota Bene vertical tasting from earlier in January. This is something that I think is an extension of many other articles that I've been writing lately. On we go... Why bother buying a bottle of wine and then waiting 7 years to open it? How ridiculous is …

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