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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The 2015 LG’s are in

The results have just been announced for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine. I've run the stats again this year and there's some interesting things happening. Firstly, congratulations to all of this year's winners! 50th Parallel Estate - 2013 Chardonnay BC Wine Studio -2012 Siren's Call Syrah Blasted Church Vineyards - 2012 Holy …

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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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Tugwell Creek Meadery – Sooke, B.C.

Tugwell Creek, which runs past our friend's home, comes out near the meadery that bears its name. An art as ancient as grape wines, mead combines honey, spices and sometimes berries to create wines that are rustic, complex and intriguing. Romans believed mead had properties to strengthen, heal and lengthen life.