Category: merlot

Tell Me About the BC 2017 Harvest – Wine Makers’ Interviews

Grape vines at harvest in BC 2017

2017 was a terrible harvest in France due to poor weather conditions through the growing season, producing the smallest grape harvest since 1945. In the United States, Napa and Sonoma Valleys were hit by forest fires which although was late in…

Getting the Goods on Upper Bench’s Wine and Cheese

Upper Bench Winery's latest wine and Grey Baby cheese

If you have never tried wines from Upper Bench Winery & Creamery from the Naramata Bench you should. They are a small, family-run winery, owning 7 acres of vineyards, is naturally farmed, and takes a minimalist approach to winemaking; using…

Nourish Yourself With the Lure of Seafood and Road 13 Wines

Lure cookbook by Ned Bell with Valerie Howes

Cooking with local, healthy, sustainable ingredients should be a goal we all aspire.  Knowing where our food comes from and how it was harvested can help us make sustainable food choices.  For Chef Ned Bell, it has been a journey…

2014 Bordeaux Tasting & Release at Marquis Wine Cellars

Are you a Bordeaux wine lover?  Do you know the difference between the Left and Right bank?  Can you list all the permitted red grape varieties in Bordeaux?  Do you know the two white grape varieties that make white Bordeaux?…

Tasting Wines from Beamsville Bench’s Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery tasting room

After spending a weekend tasting Chardonnay wines at the i4C Celebration in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it was time for me to visit some wineries in the Niagara region on my own, and try other grape varieties as well.  I visited two wineries…

Lunessence Winery Winemaker’s Cut and More

Lunessence Winery sign

Lunessence Winery in Summerland, BC is one of our newer wineries.  2016 was their third vintage.  Their philosophy is to create fine wines that showcase the unique terroir of their vineyards.  They use sustainable, environmentally sensitive viticulture, treating the vineyard…