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Celebrate BC Wine with Okanagan Crush Pad at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017

Okanagan Crush Pad

What is OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD? Okanagan Crush Pad is a winery located in Summerland BC, which is home to our flagship wines Haywire and Narrative, plus wines made for custom crush clients. The licensed winery has been designed to facilitate production…

Vigneti Zanatta Winery – Vancouver Island’s Sparkling Rebel

Tasting the base wine for the Taglio Rosso

The first modern winery on Vancouver Island is Vigneti Zanatta which is located 10 minutes by car southwest of downtown Duncan.  I think what sets them apart from the other wineries on Vancouver Island is their specialization on making sparkling wines. The…

The Story Continues with jy. Ancient Method Sparkling Wine

jy Pinot Noir Ancient Method sparkling wine sign and glass

Since 2011, Okanagan Crush Pad  (OCP) winery in Summerland offered the Okanagan Wine Campus, where the BC Sommelier of the Year has the opportunity to create their own wine label at the OCP facility.  They are part of the whole wine…

2017 BC Hospitality Foundation Sommelier Scholarships are Open

BCHF logo

The 2017 BC Hospitality Foundation Sommelier Scholarships are sponsored by Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) and Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants. These scholarships are a mentorship program designed to further individual study in wine education. Up to four $1000.00 scholarships are awarded every year.…

Celebrating the Bounty of New Wines from Burrowing Owl

A flight of Burrowing Owl wines

With the Fall harvest safely in and the rains now freely flowing, it is time to celebrate the bounty of wines that are coming out this Fall.  Burrowing Owl has released their latest flight of wines to the public, covering…

Getting Back to the Soil with BC Pinot Noir

BC Pinot Noir vineyard locations coloured by soil type

From my initial analysis of soil type with the vineyards associated with my BC Pinot Noir tasting notes using a Geographic Information System, I can see some regional clusters in BC.  I also see some commonality between the most common Pinot Noir vineyard…

3 Big Red Wines from McWatters Collection and TIME Estate Wineries

TIME Syrah, Meritage, and McWatters Collection Meritage wines

It’s Fall and the rains will soon be starting according to the weather forecast.  How to keep yourself happy and fortified during our rainy season?  Big red BC wines.  I received 3 bottles recently: TIME Estate Winery Syrah 2013 TIME…