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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Tasting Fees and the Resulting Online Comments

Tasting fees, and the online comments that result from them, are becoming an "issue" here in wine country. Each year it seems more wineries start to realize how much wine they give away and how much customers are coming to expect (or vociferously demand) free wine to taste. I'd like to just go over a few …

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5 Years of Wine Country BC

Hard to believe it's been 5 years since I started Wine Country BC. Technically the website was registered in July and the first article published July 26th but the first podcast wasn't released until Sept 8th. I usually consider sometime in August to be the official non-specific blogiversary which, interestingly, I've never ever celebrated before …

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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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Podcast 144 – The Merits of VQA

Ok, this is a big one. Calli, while studying at UBC last semester, created a podcast for a course called Land and Food Systems. She interviewed two people (with opposing views) about the Vintner's Quality Alliance (or VQA) and presented it in the form of a podcast. The people that she interviewed were Harry McWatters and …

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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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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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BC VQA Golden Mile Bench is on its way

The Golden Mile Bench wineries are now well on their way to having the Okanagan's first sub-appellation. It represents the first serious step in narrowing the focus of BC wines, stratifying the growing regions, and shining some light on what those many microclimates can contribute to the wines we drink. This could be an ugly …

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I don’t want to be a pessimist, but…

The weather this summer has been a basket press of awesome, until recently. I've driven my motorcycle to work from mid June straight through to the beginning of September with only one exception. In the 6 years that I've lived here now, I've had at least 3 sets of windshield wiper blades disintegrate because of …

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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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