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 …

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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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What do you mean “Oak”?

Wine production can involve the use of things made with oak. Barrels, tuns, staves, chips, and even sawdust. While it seems obvious that some wines have an 'oaky' taste to them, a lot of wine tourists that I've met over the years seem to have differing understandings of what makes a wine 'oaky'. Not all …

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Wine Labels in BC: How Wines are Named

There is a lot of information on wine labels. Sometimes deciphering them can be a bit of a challenge. There are strange words that don't look like they're in English and it's probably because they aren't. I vividly remember walking down the aisles of my local liquor store trying to figure out which wine to …

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Correct Wine Pronunciations

As if my Grand Cru article earlier this month didn't get me enough controversy, I thought I'd dig into this argument as well. I've always joked that wine bloggers know everything about wine except how to pronounce it. By that I mean that we read, search for, and type our technical terms or place names in articles but …

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What do you mean “blended”?

Another question that has been inspired by the many wine tourist friends that I've met over the years is about blended wines. I worked at a winery that offered a beautifully constructed premium blended wine that a customer vocally poo-pooed before even tasting it. "None for me! I don't like blended wines at all. I …

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How can a wine be DRY??

**I realize that this article might seem a bit pedestrian for the typical wine-savvy Wine Country BC reader or podcast listener. I write things like this so that these topics can get discussed more often. Sometimes wine knowledgeable people need to be reminded that some things that seem simple are not always obvious to the average …

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The Grand Crus of BC

Thomas Jefferson created lists of his top wines from different regions throughout France and Europe. Many wine lovers of his time did and continued to do well into the 19th century. The fact that one of those lists of Bordeaux chateaux was written into law in 1855 is both the bane of Bordeaux and the reason …

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The Oral Traditions of Wine

"Orality - That which characterizes speech; a culture characterized by the primacy of speech over other forms of signification. Usually opposed to literacy, orality refers to those aspects of a culture's way of life that are attributable to its investment in the resources of spoken language. These may include formal ways of organizing thought (myth) …

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2014 Vintage

The grapes for the 2014 vintage are being harvested, slowly, as I type this. It's been a pretty good year and people that I've spoken to are generally optimistic about the prospects for 2014. In fact, it could be the one we've been waiting for. I should start this whole thing but saying that no winery will …

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