No More Feeding at the Trough – Tasting Rooms During COVID-19

Wine shops should be teaming with people by now. Tourists should be coming to the Okanagan in droves and enjoying wines on patios and tasting bars. Wineries should be selling their newest vintages as they have every year. None of that is happening right now. At least not with the same volume as previous years. …

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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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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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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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The Terroir of Tasting

I believe that where and when we taste a wine will have an effect on how we perceive the wine. The physical conditions and environment of the person along with those of the wine will influence perception. I call it the "Terroir of Tasting". How can wineries better prepare their own wine shops to have better …

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7 things you didn’t know about the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine

The winners have been announced for this year's Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in BC Wines (or as it is known in winery lingo - "The LG's") and the list of winners is extremely interesting to me for a lot of reasons. Alphabetically, the 2014 winners are: 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling 2012 Bonamici Cellars Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012 Fort …

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Hester Creek’s brand new digs

The grand opening of Hester Creek's new wine shop and winery took place today in the sun, and then rain, and then sun again near the end. Let me say just say this - if you visited Hester Creek before, even recently, it will be worth visiting again soon. The wine shop is spacious, the …

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