Category: Vancouver Island

Enjoy Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard Paula Sparkling for Valentine’s Day

Blue Grouse Paula sparkling wine label

Valentine’s Day is near and sparkling wine to share with your significant other is probably in your thoughts.  But which sparkling wine?  Champagne or cremant from France?  Franciacorta or prosecco from Italy? Cava from Spain?  How about sparkling wine from…

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…

The Latest Blue Grouse Wines: Pinots and More

Blue Grouse Winery (Credit Derek Ford)

Cool climate wines are where the vibrant acidity and tart fruit flavours. Citrus trending to stone fruits for white wines, and red fruits like strawberries, raspberries and red cherries.  A cool climate region to consider for wines is Vancouver Island.…

Let’s Talk About BC’s 2016 Harvest with 3 Wine Makers

Ripe grapes from Blue Grouse Estate Winery

BC is a large province, with a varied climate from maritime to alpine.  Our grape growing regions for wine production vary from the coast, to slightly inland (think the Fraser Valley), to our hot interior (the Okanagan or Kamloops for…

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…