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…

Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24

“Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24 weekend, based out of Black Hills Estate Winery Join Black Hills Winemaker Graham Pierce and a group of 30 other wine & cycling lovers for a very special weekend in the South Okanagan. Enjoy riding through the beautiful Okanagan vineyard country by day and tasting…

Gray Monk Winery

Gray Monk, the original Scenic Sip winery, is one of BC’s best known. The west facing slopes along Camp Road provide good air drainage and capture the sunlight reflected from the lake below.  Situated at approximately 50° north latitude, the vines need to capture whatever warmth they can.  Gray Monk pays homage to their location…

The Gloves are Off for a Rosé Smack Down

Happy Wine Wednesday! It’s time for our 2nd annual Rosé Smack Down! Michael Bartier and David Scholefield are once again defending their favourite rosés. Michael Bartier is on team Haywire while David Scholefield is putting up a fight for Bartier Scholefield. Here’s what they have to say about their favourite rosés:     Michael Bartier on the Haywire Rosé: Wine should be…

La Dolce Vita

Harbinger. An omen, foreshadowing, sign of things to come.  The word came coming to mind as we sat in Spokane’s Nectar Tasting Room on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying a glass of very nice Northwest Cellars wine after a tasting of seven reds, served by the winery owner himself, Bob Delf. We love Nectar. It’s a…

What’s your pairing for Oysters?

  This year at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival the question of what pairs best with oysters will be addressed in the second annual Oyster Wine Competition and the first Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition. Winemakers and brewmasters have until April 17 to submit entries into the respective competitions that will be held at…

TASTE WASHINGTON! – so worth the trip!

On Sunday March 30 I was Seattle bound for TASTE WASHINGTON! My first trip down to a wine tasting event that has been running for 17 years. Taste Washington! is the largest single region wine and food event in the United States. Featuring more than 225 Washington State wineries and over 65 Pacific Northwest Restaurants…

Summerhill Leads the Way for Low Sulphite Wines in BC

Summerhill Leads the Way for Low Sulphite Wines in BC Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Canada’s premier family-owned certified organic and biodynamic winery, is pleased to present their 2013 Ehrenfelser, the first BC wine made with the use of a nitrogen generator for the purpose of reducing unnecessary sulphite addition in winemaking.   According to Summerhill winemaker Eric von Krosigk,…

Rollingdale Ten Year Vertical Tasting

I attended “10 Years on: A Rollingdale Tasting 2004 – 2013” at The Hamilton Street Grill last week.  Rollingdale is an unassuming farm gate organic winery in West Kelowna owned by Steve and Kirsty Dale.  It lies on the western shore of Lake Okanagan just a short drive from downtown Kelowna.  They use organic practices…