George Hanson, Memories

The recent passing of George Hanson, owner and winemaker at Seven Stones Winery in Cawston has left me a little empty since I first heard the news. George was always generous with his time for me, as a fledgling in the wine media writing for Wine Trails, podcasting on this site, and later when I …

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You’ve gotta visit: Hugging Tree

Located right on Highway 3 just south of Seven Stones, Hugging Tree is on the east side of the valley facing due west. The driveway is all gravel and leads straight up to the wine shop in the middle of the 68 acre vineyard and orchard owned by Cristine and Walter Makepeace. The southern end …

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Planning your trip to wine country

It's that time of year again! The time when Google searches, dog-eared Wine Trails magazines, and copies of John Schreiner's tour books start occupying all of your reading time in anticipation of your trip to the Okanagan this summer. Where are you going to stay? What are you going to do? Which wineries will you …

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Corcelettes Moves to the Upper Bench

Celebrated garagistes Corcelettes Estate Winery in the Similkameen Valley have graduated and are on their way to becoming a larger production winery with the recently announced acquisition of the Herder Winery and Vineyards. Corcelettes also has a new ownership team which will now include Charlie Baessler, his partner Jesce Walker, Charlie's parents Urs and Barbara, and their new …

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Off-Season Wine Touring

Touring off-season is awesome. Here's why. Lots of winery action to see (in the fall during harvest). No crowds. Special wine tastings. No crowds. Undivided attention of the wine shop staff. Beautiful scenery (colours in the fall, snowy vineyards in the winter) Sometimes there's other treats to be had, especially if there's a regional festival …

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Podcast 147 – Similkameen BBQ King 2014

What can I say about the Similkameen BBQ King that I haven't already said before? For starters, in this podcast at least, I just shut up and started listening to what others had to say. Other media people and other attendees at this year's competition. As always, it was tons of fun. As always, the food …

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Podcast 143 – Courcelettes’ Trivium in the Similkameen

This week's podcast is all about the new wineries in the Similkameen valley, which seems to be where my motorcycle takes me frequently for some reason. It also features a new winery from the Similkameen Valley called Courcelettes. It's the Baessler family's vineyard and winery, which is named after their home town of Courcelettes, Switzerland. …

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TINAWR Forbidden Fruit Merlot 2010

TINAWR - This Is Not A Wine Review - As loyal listeners / readers of my podcast / blog know, I'm really not big on wine reviews and tasting notes. Yes, they might be useful for learning about particular wines and perhaps they might be interesting to read in magazines now and then. But as …

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Five BC Wine Touring Secrets

It's wine touring season again! Time to squeeze up to the wine shop bar, taste a few wines, buy a blingy t-shirt with a half-case, and head to hotel lounge before dinner. Wine country touring can sometimes feel a little more rushed less vacation-like at times, but the fun is always there for you to …

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