Why now is the best time to join a wine club

Why join a wine club? Isn't that only for the really rich people who have huge cellars and purchase wines by the case to stock for their massive house parties? I don't own a Cavavin or Eurocave, and live in a small place, so why would I ever need to puchase that much wine at …

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The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide, 6th Edition is now out

There are times in one's life when  things go sideways. Oftentimes, other good things come from it. In my case, this is one of them. John Schreiner asked me in the spring of 2017 to contribute to the next edition of the Okanagan Wine Tour Guide. For me personally, the spring of 2017 could be …

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How things have changed

As we all know, things have changed a lot in the past month. The changes that have affected the world are shaking the foundations of our cultures and civilization to such a degree that things that we once felt were extremely important are now less important than they used to be. The biggest change is …

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2020 Here I Come

When I was growing up, I thought that we'd all be driving flying cars by the time the year 2020 arrived. Other than the occasional Tesla, it's still grounded petrol-powered vehicles everywhere. I also never would have thought that by 2020 I'd have published a book about wine - "Valleys of Wine". Somehow, it happened. …

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Valleys of Wine

Hello BC wine lovers in BC Wine-Lover Land! This is my first post in over a year and a half. Writing this seems a little bit weird given all of the changes that have happened to me over the past few years. Aside from some significant personal changes, my book, "Valleys of Wine" has now …

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Changes at Wine Country!

Hello BC wine lovers and readers of this blog! First of all, let me say how much I miss you all and miss contributing to this blog that I started 9 and half years ago now! I have been going a little slower on producing posts and have stopped with podcasting altogether when I started …

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Noble Ridge’s Threepeat Perfect for Holiday Adventures

I love seeing people take chances. I've always loved watching drummers in bands try to do crazy stuff. (Is he going to drop the sticks? Is that fill going to finish on time? Will anything break??) Things can go off the rails quickly but watching and hearing music that is so close to that tipping …

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Cider Takes Off

When exactly did cider get so popular? Why does cider occupy three whole fridge spaces at the small government liquor store in Oliver? Who saw this coming? Clearly, nobody did. The small cider producers in the Okanagan have got to be happy about it. Cider historically has always been a part of our beverage production …

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Laughing Stock is cashed in

The big news in wine country today is about a small winery. Laughing Stock, on the  Naramata Bench northeast of Penticton, has been acquired by Arterra Wines Canada (formerly Constellation, formerly Vincor, formerly Cartier Wines and Beverages .... formerly Grower's Wine Company) which is now administered by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.  Of course John Schreiner …

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Are we too cavalier about alcohol?

Drinking alcohol is everywhere in our media landscape and especially on social media, upon which wine in BC has been latched for a fair number of years. Photos of wine bottles in exotic places with amazing food and lovely people are all over the internet on Facebook and Instagram accounts. Add in the trending craft …

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