Golden Mile Bench Proposes to become Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation

Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA “Designated Viticultural Area” of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre – Summerland (AAFC-PARC Summerland) has shown the…

International Pinot Noir Celebration

The International Pinot Noir Celebration Announces Program and Culinary Details for 2014 Event, Held July 25-27 in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country Bon Appetit’s David Lynch Keynotes 28th Annual IPNC in McMinnville, Oregon. British wine journalist Jamie Goode leads “Pinot Noir and the Doors of Perception” Grand Seminar   During the IPNC weekend, world-renowned…

New Zealand in a Glass

I am easily excitable when it comes to food and wine, and happy to admit it. So when given a spot at the New Zealand in a Glass, Pinot Noir master class here in Vancouver, well.. I jumped at it. Hosted by well known local wine guru, DJ Kearney, along with a panel of prominent Kiwi winemakers and producers, we sampled a selection of Pinots from some of New Zealand’s top regions, then headed to the tasting room to try the rest of the wines on offer.

Rosé Smack Down

Two weeks ago, in Vancouver, Haywire and Bartier/Scholefield went head to head with their Rosés.  It was a good publicity event as Michael Bartier and David Scholefield have been winemaking partners at the Okanagan Crush Pad for some time and produce wines under a variety of labels. Upon my arrival, Leann Froese, of Town Hall…

Oh the places I’ve been…

It has been crazy busy in the wine and spirit world lately and MyVanCity.ca has had an opportunity to check out a number of events.   French Wine Connection   This was an incredible afternoon of wine tasting with so many more wines than you could ever hope to taste in one day. In order…

Chef & Winemaker’s Dinner Lineup Announced

We are all co-producers, co-winemakers and co-chefs In the Thompson Okanagan on May 18, 2014!   Join us in a regional food and wine celebration for Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan’s Interactive Chefs-and-Winemaker’s Dinner at 7 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort in beautiful Osoyoos. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are $75 per person. This…

Second Time Around at Hudson’s on First

Sometimes you discover a new restaurant and it’s really good, then you go back a second time and… this I can tell you about our second time at Hudson’s on First – it was just as good and definitely my “go to” spot for south/central Island dining.   A resounding YES and two thumbs up for our…

GAMBERO ROSSO TRE BICCHIERI 2014 WORLD TOUR ON SALE NOW!

Gambero Rosso, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West  and the Vancouver International Wine Festival, is pleased to present Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri 2014 World Tour.     This prestigious event comes back to Vancouver – the only Canadian location this year – after the enormous success of the last year’s…

Winemaker for a Day at Township 7

Awaiting us on the crush pad of Township 7 Winery (Naramata location) was a draped long table with a tidy arrangement of glasses, spittoon, pens, and charts amid oak barrels and steel tanks. Most of all what awaited was an unique opportunity to gain some insight into the winemaking of Bradley Cooper. We had received…

Quails’ Gate Winery awards

Once again British Columbia’s Quails’ Gate Winery has earned international accolades for its world-class wines. At the recent Pacific Rim Wine Competition, three of the winery’s varietals earned Gold medals while two also received the distinction of Best in Class.   Awarded Best in Class & Gold Quails’ Gate 2012 Chenin Blanc·      …

“Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour May 23-24

Olympian Kelsey Serwa & other Okanagan Winemakers join the “Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24 weekend, based out of Black Hills Estate Winery The organizers of the “Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling weekend are pleased to announce that Kelsey Serwa, the Silver Medal winner in the Sochi Olympics Ladies Skier-cross,…

A California Conundrum Worth Tasting

Last week in Vancouver was the California Wine Fair, which comes every year at this time, with proceeds to support the Arts Club Theatre Company.  It is always interesting to try the big California Cabernets and Chardonnays that they are famous for, but there are also Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, and blends that should not…

Intrigue Wines

Tucked in off Goldie Road in Winfield, just north of Kelowna, is one of the more recent Scenic Sip wineries.  In 2008, Roger Wong, his wife Jillian and another couple, Ross and Geri Davis, opened the winery. Roger is a noted winemaker, having worked previously at Gray Monk and at the former Pinot Reach (now…

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10

Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May   German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines…

Pasa Robles wine country

    If you want a new kind of California wine adventure, then head to Pasa Robles wine country;  With gently rolling hills dotted with oak trees, vineyards, olive groves and almond farms, this is a fantastic area to spend a few days exploring. The historic town of Pasa Robles is filled with great restaurants…

Clos du Soleil Winery

Earlier this year, I was invited to a trade event at the Tap and Barrel in Coal Harbour, near the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The occasion was a release of Clos du Soleil wines.     Clos du Soleil is a small ten-acre winery located on Upper Bench Road in Keremeos, BC.  It was founded in…

Getaway to the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

If you have some time available May 1st to the 11th, consider heading up to the Okanagan and taking in some of the amazing events happening there.  Whether you head to Osoyoos or Vernon or anywhere in-between (even Kamloops), you’re going to find lots to do with nearly two hundred planned events.  Over one hundred…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Welcomes New Winemaker Andrew Windsor

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is pleased to introduce their new Winemaker Andrew Windsor. An experienced bon vivant and global traveller, Andrew brings a unique blend of passion and scientific knowledge to the winery.   Tinhorn Creek’s approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield will continue this tradition by running the winery as CEO…