VQA Store Model is Changing

On Tuesday, November 17th, the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) issued a press release that took many in the wine industry by surprise. But it really shouldn't have been a surprise. The real surprise might be coming later. The new rules on alcohol in BC that were implemented in April 2015 allow wine to be sold in …

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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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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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Vertical Party – Nota Bene 05-12

These are the bottles from my Nota Bene vertical tasting this past weekend. I'm happy to report that there were no corked bottles and that everything was showing brilliantly. As my regular readers will know, I hate writing (and reading) wine reviews but I was asked a few times on twitter if there were any …

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Hints of Gooseberries and Baloney

There's an old Celtic proverb that goes, "We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." I'm about as Celtic as won-ton soup but I've always found that proverb appealing for some reason. Growing up English-speaking in a French-speaking province meant that I probably had different, minority cultural views than the rest …

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Cheers to 2015

Rather than spend time looking back at all the things that happened in 2014 with another "Year in Review"-thing, why don't we spend a little time looking forward? I like to head towards goal rather than dwell on the past. We can't predict what the weather or the actual vintage will be like in 2015 but we …

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How can a wine be DRY??

**I realize that this article might seem a bit pedestrian for the typical wine-savvy Wine Country BC reader or podcast listener. I write things like this so that these topics can get discussed more often. Sometimes wine knowledgeable people need to be reminded that some things that seem simple are not always obvious to the average …

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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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Chef Meets BC Grape

Just like "The Lake" that I wrote about last month, this event is another one that I'd really like to attend but won't be able to. It's a great series of wine events called "Chef Meets BC Grape" presented by the Arts Club Theater starting on September 17th. There's a lot of local names (well, …

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