Mountain Biking Whistler Sommelier Creates A Wine For Charity

Winemaker, Michael Bartier, with Vancouver Sommelier of the Year 2013, Samantha Rahn   Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland, BC introduced the Okanagan Wine Campus series in 2011, in an effort to further British Columbia’s already rich wine-and-food culture. This philanthropic program aims to foster the education of professionals in the industry by connecting all…

The 12 wineries of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association are pleased to welcome you for a weekend in BC wine country with their third annual Holiday Cheer Open House. Join in on Saturday, November 29th and Sunday, November 30th from 11AM to 5PM in the winery tasting rooms, there will be something for everyone at this cozy…

Don’t Judge a Wine by its Cover

Wine stores are full of wines with colorful labels and kitchy names. Often its a cover-up for a less than satisfying experience when you drink the contents. Here’s a wine that won’t win any awards for its label but is getting plenty of love for the quality of their red blend. Yecla Castano Solanera is the…

Not All Malbecs are Created Equal

Canadians have fallen in love with Malbec wines because they offer so much and cost so little. (usually) I’ve been a fan since I opened my first bottle of Pasqual Toso years ago. So I’m always on the lookout for another good Malbec to recommend but its much easier said than done. There’s some really…

La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon @LaStellaWinery

100% Old Vine Cab With a Rich History At LaStella a great wine is not just one with a rich entry, perfect balance, and a long finish, but a wine that also speaks to the land and the growing season of that vintage. La Sophia hails from one of the most revered sites in the Okanagan Valley: U2 . Located on…

BC Icewine Harvest Second Earliest on Record

BC’s annual Icewine harvest got off to a very early start this year, with cold temperatures prompting two wineries to start picking grapes on the second earliest day on record. The earliest harvest on record in BC was November 5, 2003. While this year’s harvest so far has been limited to just two wineries whose…

Wine Wednesday! Wine Wednesday!

The temperature drops, the wind is cold, you come home feeling chilled and immediately think of comfort food for dinner. So do I. But I also think of comfort wine. That go-to red that warms me up and gives me a perfect companion for everything from mac and cheese to a savoury pot roast. The Falernia…

#WineWednesday @Sam_theWineTeacher review

  2011 Naughty Chardonnay Dirty Laundry Summerland, BC $24.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 11 This is Dirty Laundry’s oaked chardonnay.  They also make an un-oaked one (Not So Knotty Chardonnay).  Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Aromas of apple, pear, citrus and mineral on the nose.  Good balance with medium body.  Citrus and mineral on the…

Happy 1st Birthday! The Little District Roadhouse Marks Its First Anniversary

Time flies when you’re having fun! This November marks the one-year anniversary of The Little District Roadhouse, North Vancouver’s new favourite spot for barbeque and Southern comfort food.   The third restaurant in The District Restaurant Group, The Little opened to rave reviews last fall, thanks to its mouthwatering menu and inspired décor. Fan favourites…

It’s not a gimmick, it’s good wine @RonWilsonVan

The first time I saw a bottle of Norma Jeane Merlot on a wine store shelf I walked right by. I’d never thought of screen icon Marilyn Monroe as a symbol of a good wine. Apparently I was wrong. Turns out Norma Jeane wines have turned into a cult classic and this merlot sells out each year…

Wine Review @RonWilsonVan Refreshing and Reliable

  It’s Friday and I have the original no-brainer wine pick for the weekend. Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse has been a favorite of mine for years. I just tasted the 2012 vintage and it delivers the goods once again. This is a complex blend of almost every white varietal grown in B.C. From pinot gris…

BC Wineries Report Success at Farmers’ Markets

The first season of selling local wine, beer and spirits at farmers’ markets in British Columbia was good for consumers, vendors and the markets. Starting in June, BC Farmers’ Markets offered sales of locally-made wine, beer and spirits, following the provincial government’s move to modernize liquor laws. These changes came as the result of Parliamentary…