TWB Bursting with Bubbles for Champagne Day

As novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” How lucky for us that October 19 is Global Champagne Day  – a day to raise a glass of the quintessential wine of celebration.  According to TWB-The Wine Bar’s Wine Director Joshua Carlson, “Bubbles turn any occasion, … Read moreTWB Bursting with Bubbles for Champagne Day

What’s happening this Fall at Quails’ Gate

  Hello Fall. It’s a busy time at the winery with fall colours appearing and harvest in full swing. So far, the vineyard team has picked Foch, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with more coming in daily. Our winemaking team has two exciting additions – our first concrete eggs (aptly named Julio and Enrique Egglesias). In … Read moreWhat’s happening this Fall at Quails’ Gate

Wednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

This post features some wineries I have tried for the first time. 2016 Chardonnay Fort Berens Lillooet, $18.98 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Oak slightly dominates the nose (I like this style) followed by tropical fruit, citrus, butter and toast.   Good balance with good mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  Pleasing flavours linger on the … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Wraps An Outstanding Season & Looks Ahead To 2019

The 2018 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival has ended on a record-breaking high note, with a total season attendance of over 108,000 – up 8% from the previous year – and a lineup of successful plays and special events that repeatedly sold out houses throughout the Festival.     The 29th Bard season ran … Read moreBard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Wraps An Outstanding Season & Looks Ahead To 2019

BC Wineries Excited About Size and Quality of Harvest 2018

BC’s annual grape harvest has arrived amid cooler temperatures in mid-August and early September. With the long, moderate season, wineries are indicating nice flavour development, beautiful acidity and increased crop levels for an exciting 2018 vintage. The first harvest for sparkling wine grapes started at the end of August, roughly two weeks later than in … Read moreBC Wineries Excited About Size and Quality of Harvest 2018

Flavours of Italy – presented by The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West in collaboration with BCLS

Flavours of Italy At Valcucine/Montauk Sofa Italian furniture showroom in Gastown (228 Abbott St. Vancouver) On Tuesday, October 2 an enthusiastic group of British Columbia Liquor Store (BCLS) staff and a select number of media representatives attended the Flavours of Italy Educational Wine Seminar. The wine seminar was conducted by Iain Philip, DipWSET, Wine Educator … Read moreFlavours of Italy – presented by The Italian Trade Commission (ITA) and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West in collaboration with BCLS

Christine Coletta Receives Founders Award at Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

On September 27, Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP), has been presented the Founders Award at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Coletta has been presented the award in recognition of her contributions to the BC wine industry. When presented the award in front of industry peers by industry veteran Harry McWatters of ENCORE Vineyards, Coletta said … Read moreChristine Coletta Receives Founders Award at Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

Fall for Liquidity Wines

Award-winning Okanagan Falls winery unveils new fall releases, seasonal chef’s tasting menu and more   The leaves are changing from green to gold, the air is brisk and pumpkins are dotting the Okanagan landscape – fall is almost here, and there’s no better way to ring in the season than with a visit to Liquidity … Read moreFall for Liquidity Wines

September wine sipping with Fairview Cellars

It’s September and I can’t think of a better time to visit Fairview Cellars and stock up on some great wines before they’re all gone. As the waning days of summer drift away think about the cozy fall nights to come. Fairview Cellars Cabernet Franc and Fairview Cellars The Bear Red Blend. Two of our … Read moreSeptember wine sipping with Fairview Cellars

Saxon Winery partners with Bottega Wine Studio / Seven Directions Winery

Saxon Winery of Summerland today announced their partnership with Bottega Wine Studio also know as Seven Directions Wines, who up till recently made their wines in West Kelowna. Bottega Wine Studio will commence producing their award winning wine brand Seven Directions Wine and Bottega wines at Saxon Winery this coming vintage launching them under Saxon’s … Read moreSaxon Winery partners with Bottega Wine Studio / Seven Directions Winery

Martin’s Lane Winery – Unique, Distinct, Exceptional

Martin’s Lane is unique and distinct with vineyards that produce exceptional wines.   As we arrive It seemed almost like the vineyards, the winery and the building were one with the past. The past of artist Vincent van Gogh whose spectacular 1888 painting titled Red Vineyard  seems to come alive as an inspirational work of … Read moreMartin’s Lane Winery – Unique, Distinct, Exceptional

Our #FavouriteThings – Rosé wine all year round!

Just this past week I spent some time with a few millennial women in the PR biz and the subject of Rosé wine came up. It was such a refreshing conversation. It was like Rosé wine was a totally new concept and they were excited about drinking Rosé wines, almost as if they had invented … Read moreOur #FavouriteThings – Rosé wine all year round!

THIS SEPTEMBER AT QUAILS’ GATE

Cheers to the rest of summer! As we step into Fall, there’s a cooler but exciting breeze in the air. Our winery team are about to dive into another harvest with interns from around-the-world touching down at the winery. We’re bottling our 2017 Pinot Noir and Chardonnays and Old Vines Restaurant are switching up menus to … Read moreTHIS SEPTEMBER AT QUAILS’ GATE

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay Bordertown Osoyoos, BC $26.90 Lemon yellow with medium-light intensity.  Like many California chardonnays, this one leads with oak yet isn’t overly oily or drenched in tropical fruit.  The nose aromas of butter, toast, vanilla, ripe apple and orange peel.  Very good balance.  The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-plus finish.  This … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

September in BC Wine Country – when the grown-ups come out to play!

Anytime time is a great time to visit the regions of #bcwine Country but September is kind of a special time. Most of the wineries are going full tilt but visitor wise it’s a little less hectic. It really is when the grown-ups come out to play in BC Wine Country. Here is a recap … Read moreSeptember in BC Wine Country – when the grown-ups come out to play!

Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

    2016 Pinot Blanc (Lawson) Anthony Buchanan Oliver, BC $19.99 One of, if not the best, Pinot Blanc wines in BC.  Pale lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose is layered with aromas of peach, apple, citrus, melon, white flowers and minerality.  Well balanced and full bodied.  White peach, apple and citrus … Read moreWednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

Vintage Corks Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Tasting of Top International Wines

Vancouver-based wine importer Vintage Corks is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a walk-around tasting featuring some of the world’s most exclusive wineries. On Thursday, September 20 2018, guests at the event will sample iconic wines from California, Italy, and more. This is a rare opportunity to experience some of the world’s very best wines, assembled … Read moreVintage Corks Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Tasting of Top International Wines

CheckMate Releases New Chardonnays

Here is your chance to snag some excellent CheckMate Chardonnays I am excited to announce the release of our newest Chardonnay, the 2015 Queen’s Advantage from CheckMate’s Combret Vineyard. Located in the Okanagan Valley’s pristine Golden Mile Bench, these 45 year old Chardonnay vines are among some of the first planted in Canada. Alongside the … Read moreCheckMate Releases New Chardonnays

Discover BC Wine Country with the Wines of British Columbia Trip Planner

As summer begins to wind down it can be the perfect time to do some BC Wine Country touring. There are so many regions to visit in British Columbia you’ll want to explore each region. For our first #FavouriteThings featured region we present the region of Kaleden Okanagan Falls Penticton Some of our favourite wineries are located … Read moreDiscover BC Wine Country with the Wines of British Columbia Trip Planner