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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

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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.…

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…

A Canadian Invasion at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

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O Canada!  Our 150th birthday is next year, 2017, and we need to celebrate.  The Vancouver International Wine Festival felt the spirit and chose Canada as the theme country for the Festival in 2017.  It is not just wineries from…

Want to Try Grape and Blueberry Wine from Monte Creek Ranch?

The 2015 vintage was the hottest in years in BC, and recorded the earliest grape harvest of all time.  The heat helped fully ripen the grapes, and produce full-bodied, ripe red wines in the Okanagan, and also the Kamloops region,…