Exclusive Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences Return to British Columbia

The BC Wine Institute is proud to partner again with Visa Infinite with an expanded series to create the ultimate wine touring experience for Visa Infinite cardholders.    The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) has teamed up again with Visa Infinite to create the ultimate wine touring program, exclusively for Visa Infinite cardholders. This year, … Read moreExclusive Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences Return to British Columbia

World Famous Wine Critic Jancis Robinson Announced for Pinot Noir NZ 2017

The world’s most influential wine commentator Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW, is heading to New Zealand for Pinot Noir NZ 2017.   Bringing Ms Robinson to New Zealand, with her world leading reputation as one of the most authoritative wine critics and writers, is seen as a major coup for the country’s Pinot Noir producers. It … Read moreWorld Famous Wine Critic Jancis Robinson Announced for Pinot Noir NZ 2017

Vinexpo – buyers flocked to Bordeaux

Vinexpo: a new impetus!   There was a renewed confidence among wine and spirits professionals at Vinexpo 2015, held in Bordeaux from June 14th to 18th.  Exhibitor confidence was boosted by the long-awaited recovery of the Chinese market after two years of decline, as well as the presence of American buyers. The US was the guest of … Read moreVinexpo – buyers flocked to Bordeaux

Join us for the 2nd Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Party!

Black Hills Estate Winery Proudly Presents…A midsummer night’s Dream Featuring the live water ballet of The Aqualillies: Saturday, August 8th 2015, 6:00pm – 10:00pm The world’s only performance of synchronized swimming in a winery setting   •Join us for a wonderful party as our Wine Experience Center is converted into a Miami-inspired Vineyard Ultralounge for … Read moreJoin us for the 2nd Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Party!

Pinot Noir Celebration features amazing BC wines

BC Pinot Noir Celebration Showcases Wineries from across BC The 3rd Annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration is back to showcase wineries from across the province on Saturday, August 22nd at Linden Gardens in Kaleden. Tickets are $175 here.   This event, which sells out every year, began in 2013 with winemakers at Meyer Family Vineyards, Tantalus … Read morePinot Noir Celebration features amazing BC wines

Haywire wine pairs perfectly with any picnic

For the 3rd year, Haywire is featured at Dîner en Blanc Okanagan   Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad winery is proud to share that for the third consecutive year, their Haywire wine will be the exclusive partner for the sold-out Dîner en Blanc Okanagan on Thursday, July 9, 2015.     The concept behind Dîner en … Read moreHaywire wine pairs perfectly with any picnic

Wines of Portugal – a review and recommendations!

While Sam (aka the Wine Teacher) was away he missed the Wines of Portugal event. Luckily Roger Ford stepped in and here is his review.   I recently had the opportunity to attend the Wines of Portugal event.  The venue at the Pal Theatre, was a little off the beaten track (where Cardero meets Georgia).  Fittingly so, for … Read moreWines of Portugal – a review and recommendations!

The Ponderosa Kitchen  Set to Open at Fort Berens Estate Winery

In what continues to be a year of growth and expansion for Fort Berens Estate Winery, Dylan Foss has recently joined the award-winning winery team as Executive Chef of The Ponderosa Kitchen, soon to open at the winery. Rolf de Bruin, co-founder and co-owner of Fort Berens explained, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Red … Read moreThe Ponderosa Kitchen  Set to Open at Fort Berens Estate Winery

Celebrate summer at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ first annual Paella Picnic

Local Okanagan chefs cook everyone’s favourite Spanish dish Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is bringing a taste of Spain to the Okanagan with their first annual Paella Picnic. On Saturday June 20, five local chefs, including Chef Jeff Van Geest of the winery’s Miradoro Restaurant, will create their own version of the famous Spanish dish, paired with Tinhorn Creek … Read moreCelebrate summer at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ first annual Paella Picnic

 She Does It Again. Whistler Sommelier Samantha Rahn Releases Her Second Wine with Okanagan Crush Pad

Whistler’s Samantha Rahn, wine director at Araxi Restaurant and Sommelier of the Year 2013, releases Samantha Chardonnay 2014 ($22.90), a wine she made at Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland, BC. Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland has quickly earned a reputation for crafting dynamic wines that express the outstanding growing conditions and terroir of the Okanagan Valley. As such, the winery has been … Read more She Does It Again. Whistler Sommelier Samantha Rahn Releases Her Second Wine with Okanagan Crush Pad

What’s Happening in the Vineyard?

I just got back from a quick trip to the southern Okanagan and had just enough time to stop by two favourite wineries, La Stella in Osoyoos and Meyer Family in Okanagan Falls (more on them in later articles). It occurred to me that most people visit this wine region in the summer or early … Read moreWhat’s Happening in the Vineyard?

Naramata Spring Release 2015

    There are so many outstanding wineries on the Naramata Bench that it took two floors of Vancouver’s Terminal City Club to host their spring release event. Twenty-four wineries were in attendance including Poplar Grove, Monster Vineyards, Lake Breeze, Terravista, Deep Roots, La Frenz, Perseus, Kettle Valley, Serendipity, Howling Bluff, Upper Bench, Elephant Island, … Read moreNaramata Spring Release 2015

Celebrate the start of summer with the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail

 Sip into Summer   The Westside Wine Trail invites visitors to celebrate the summer season with them on June 6th during their ‘Sip into Summer’ event. This summer event is in its third year and is part of the ‘Sip Series’ events that wine trail wineries host.   Take a self-guided tour of the Westside Wine Trail on Saturday, June … Read moreCelebrate the start of summer with the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail

Le Vieux Pin 10 year anniversary dinner

LE VIEUX PIN WINERY TEAMS UP WITH SWALLOW TAIL TOURS AND CHEF JEFFERSON ALVAREZ TO CELEBRATE THE WINERY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY!   When three passionate and like-minded people come together to talk food and wine, the only outcome is to set-up a pop-up gastronomic one-night event centered on foraging, cooking and celebrating a milestone with BC … Read moreLe Vieux Pin 10 year anniversary dinner

VENI, VIDI, VINO: CIBO TRATTORIA TO UNCORK EXCLUSIVE SERIES OF FIVE-COURSE DINNERS SPOTLIGHTING ITALIAN WINE  

Series Begins May 6 with Focus on Wines Hailing From the Veneto Region  Cibo Trattoria is set to take aficionados of all things Italian on an inspired tour of the country as the restaurant launches a series of five-course dinners that shine a light on some of Italy’s most famous cuisine and wine-producing regions. Cibo Trattoria … Read moreVENI, VIDI, VINO: CIBO TRATTORIA TO UNCORK EXCLUSIVE SERIES OF FIVE-COURSE DINNERS SPOTLIGHTING ITALIAN WINE  

Historic Vancouver Island Winery Reopens May 23

Blue Grouse Estate Winery invites the public to attend the grand opening of their new tasting room and winery facility at 2182 Lakeside Road in Duncan, British Columbia on Saturday, May 23 from 11am to 5pm. Nestled in the heart of Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of Vancouver Island’s first wineries, working with vines originally planted in 1977. Winemaker … Read moreHistoric Vancouver Island Winery Reopens May 23

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 … Read moreOkanagan Crush Pad Opens Full Time in June

Canadian wineries head to the UK for a trade and press tasting

After a very successful tasting at the Canada House a few years ago, Le Vieux Pin and sister winery LaStella join 32 producers from five regions across Canada: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec – to present over 150 of their wines. This will be the first time the UK has had … Read moreCanadian wineries head to the UK for a trade and press tasting

The Wines of British Columbia, Celebration of BC Pinot Noir & Visa Infinite Welcome Steven Spurrier for Inaugural Okanagan Visit

THE WINES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CELEBRATION OF BC PINOT NOIR & VISA INFINITE WELCOME STEVEN SPURRIER FOR INAUGURAL OKANAGAN VISIT   The BC Wine Institute, Celebration of BC Pinot Noirs and VISA Infinite are proud to welcome renowned wine judge and writer Steven Spurrier to BC Wine Country this summer! The secret is out: BC is producing … Read moreThe Wines of British Columbia, Celebration of BC Pinot Noir & Visa Infinite Welcome Steven Spurrier for Inaugural Okanagan Visit

JOIN THE GARAGISTE WINE PARTY! 

 In 2015 the coolest winemakers are hitting the road with Festivals scheduled in Vancouver & Kelowna   After the huge success of their inaugural SOLD OUT Festival last September at Meyer Family Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Garagiste North has planned two Festivals this year! The first of its kind in Canada, ‘Garagiste North’ (The Small Guys Wine Festival), … Read moreJOIN THE GARAGISTE WINE PARTY!