Category: bc

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…

A Canadian Invasion at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Canadian flag

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,…

A Bene Nota from Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene

Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene 2014 label

Black Hills Estate Winery on the Black Sage Road in the Okanagan is best known for their “Nota Bene” Bordeaux blend red wine.  When I was taking my WSET classes downtown many years ago, it was extremely difficult to get a bottle…