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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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 “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 Golden Mile Bench gets closer to reality

The news came down this week that the BC Wine Authority has approved the application for the Golden Mile Bench Sub-Geographical Indication (or Sub-GI) which will be the first of its kind in BC. What this means is that for the first time, the large region that is the Okanagan Valley will now have a smaller …

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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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Golden Mile, Indeed

A wonderful customer at the wine shop I work at in Vancouver popped in to let me try his Golden Mile Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir. He had recently purchased a Pinot Noir vertical from Road 13 that included wines from their previous Golden Mile Cellars label. This particular is definitely at its peak and should …

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Podcast #8 – Special Harvest Podcast and Jackpot Chard from Rd. 13

The grapes have been harvested for the season and the winemakers and cellar staff are busy pressing and fermenting. We talk about what goes on in the wineries at harvest time and how those grapes make it into your bottle. Join us with a great bottle of Road 13's Jackpot Chardonnay!