Month: February 2017

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 2

Riesling grapes

In Part 1 of this article, I covered the comments and insights of wine makers and hands-on owners in BC, Ontario, and Germany on the heartbreak and backache from growing and making wine from the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes.…

VanWineFest 2017 – Heartbreak & Backache Seminar Part 1

Heartache and backache wine flight

In this seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival we had a panel of distinguished wine makers and hands-on owners share their stories and insights on Riesling and Pinot Noir, two notorious cool-climate grapes famed for breaking backs in the…

Leonetti Cellar – The Original Winery of Walla Walla

Tulalip Resort Casino seminar featuring Leonetti Cellars Figgins Estate and Toil Oregon wines

The Birth of Leonetti Cellar Did you know that the first commercial grape vines, that are still in use today in Walla Walla, Washington was by the Leonetti family in 1974?  There were some vines planted in the 1950s by…

VanWineFest 2017 – A Culmination of Flavours Dinner

Culmina Family Estate Winery is owned and run by Don and Elaine Triggs, and their daughter Sara.  An Okanagan winery located on the Golden Mile Bench.  Don Triggs’ is known for co-founding the Jackson Triggs Winery that we have here in…

Win 2 Tickets to Thursday Night’s International Festival Tasting Contest

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The contest is now over.  We have a winner.  Congratulations Irene @i_on_food_drink. Are you ready for a contest to win 2 tickets to the Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Thursday night International Festival Tasting in the convention centre downtown (Feb 16)?  The…

Quick Review: Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015

Arrowleaf Solstice Pinot Gris 2015 with wine in glass

Arrowleaf Cellars is located in Lake Country (north Okanagan).  It’s a family run business by Joe and Margrit Zuppiger and their son, Manuel Zuppiger, who immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1986.  The winery officially opened it’s doors in 2003.  I have enjoyed…

Put this Rhône Festival on Your Bucket List – For the Wine Trade

Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône

Rhone, there is so much to discover, from scintillating Syrah, to ripe summer fruits from Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, to full-bodied, ripe red and black fruit blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  I’ve travelled twice to France and both times I stopped in…

Tip Your Glass with Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017

Noble Ridge logo

Our Story Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery lays in the Okanagan Valley at the northern most tip of the only desert in Canada. The winery is named for the noble varieties of grapes grown and the ridge that divides the…