Oliver Fires 2015

Every place has its 'thing', a natural danger to inhabitants that occasionally make life a little more uncertain. Visiting grandparents and uncles in Florida, I was surprised to find a channel on the television that was dedicated entirely to hurricane warnings. Living in Montreal, massive snow storms that would cripple most cities or have them …

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Regional Marketing in BC

Regional associations of wineries (sometimes blandly referred to as "generic marketing bodies" in the wine industry) are not a new phenomena in B.C. They lurk in the background of tastings and marketing campaigns in the Okanagan, Vancouver, and other key markets. I'm not even sure that many consumers are all that familiar with them specifically …

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You’ve gotta visit: vinPerdu

A new series for Wine Country BC - "You've Gotta Visit..." where I will feature new, exciting, and interesting wineries that you absolutely should not miss on your travels through wine country. I get asked a lot where to go for unique experiences and this series will focus on some of the new ones that …

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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 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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Festival of the Grape – Still Room for wineries

If you have a winery in BC, there is still time to be a part of this year's Festival of the Grape! I am the Wine Chair for this year's Festival of the Grape Committee and have noticed that there are still a few spaces left in the tasting tents. So I thought I'd put …

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Podcast 146 – Wine Tour Companies Part 3

Ok, there's been a lot of articles lately so let's get back to the podcasts. Anyone who has toured the Naramata Bench in the summertime will recognize the name Top Cat Tours. Their buses are almost synonymous with wine touring in Penticton. As one of the oldest wine touring companies in the Okanagan starting in …

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Sunshine Parade 2014

For those that don't live here in wine country, you might be surprised to find out that there are other things that happen here that don't involve wine. Shocking as that is, there are lots of fun local events that aren't based on wine at all. Penticton has a Peach Festival and where I live …

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Let’s go food truckin’ – The Food Trucks of Oliver

** Update July 2015 - Food trucks are sometimes transient and their locations can change often. Some changes have happened to the food trucks in this article since it was written. The Beach Bums have "upgraded" to an actual location but in Osoyoos at the Petro Canada on Route 3 heading east out of town. Hammer's has …

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