Wines of British Columbia Launch New Seasonal Campaign Explore BC VQA Wine

  The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is launching its new Explore BC VQA Wine campaign to encourage wine consumers to experience BC’s premium wine touring regions, support local Wines of British Columbia year-round, and enter for an opportunity to win one of three seasonal BC VQA Wine tour experiences. “We are very excited to be…

The Wines of British Columbia kick off the Big Taste

The Wines of British Columbia is thrilled to present America’s best-known wine critic and special guest Matt Kramer to kick off The Big Taste in Calgary one day early with a sneak preview of extraordinary BC VQA Wine paired perfectly with avant-garde cuisine at Calgary’s iconic River Café. The BC Wine Institute is proud to…

Dine Around Thompson Okanagan 2016 final days

If you move quickly, you might still find some seating available at one of the many restaurants participating in this great initiative of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) and Wines of British Columbia. (And now BC Craft Brewers Guild.) Renamed and expanded to include menus paired with craft beer and spirits as well…

Okanagan Crush Pad Opens Full Time in June

 Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Opens Daily For Summer Okanagan Crush Pad winery named one of five British Columbia wineries with beautiful architecture by Troy Townsin at CBC news  The Story:  Okanagan Crush Pad winery is gearing up for its fourth visitor season with an expanded tasting room offering a rare glance into the art of winemaking. Okanagan Crush Pad…

Parksville hosts the 7th annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival, February 19 – 22, 2015

Parksville will play host to a unique celebration of B.C. wine, beer and food during the annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival set to take place February 19 through 22, 2015.   Going into its seventh successful year, Parksville Uncorked hosted by The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, has grown to…

BC VQA Founders Toast 25 Years of Building an Industry

In 1990, a small group of pioneering winemakers and grapegrowers came together to create the British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) and the BC Wine Institute (BCWI). “Twenty-five years ago, we needed to implement standards for the industry,” said founding member George Heiss, of Gray Monk Estate Winery. “Establishing BC VQA was the starting…

New Year’s Sparklers

Time to check out my cellar to see what bubbly I’ll open to ring in the New Year.  I always try to keep a few on hand and at least some of them in my cellar’s mini fridge.   I have a magnum of Sumac Ridge’s Stellar Jay Brut, always a favourite and two from…

La Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

When you stand in front of the shelves at a wine shop does your eye automatically search out your favourite varietals? Merlot? Cab Sauv? Chardonnay? Or one of the Pinots—Noir or Gris? Or perhaps you prefer, as so many do, Bordeaux blends. It’s easy to fall into purchasing patterns, searching out the safe and certain…

#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…