Category: Vancouver Island

Two Traditional Method Sparkling Wines from Church & State Wines

Church & State Wines Gris de Noirs Brut 2019 and Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 2018

Sparkling wines are always appreciated.  They pair with many dishes and can be enjoyed on their own.  I have two traditional method sparkling wines from Church & State Wines.  A Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 2018 made with Chardonnay grapes…

A Quick Visit with Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery on Vancouver Island

Tasting room at Beaufort Vineyard & Winery

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery is a small family-run winery (by Sylie Senay and Rolland Tanguay and their son, Alex Guertin) in Courtney – Comox on Vancouver Island.  I had not heard of the winery, but as I was nearby…

The Latest Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Quill Pinot Gris 2021 and Quill Pinot Noir 2020

Have you tried the Quill series of wines from Blue Grouse Estate Winery on Vancouver Island.  Their Quill series grapes come from vineyards on the Island.  The winery can pick and choose and blend the wines from these grapes to…

The BC Wine Industry Welcomes Six New Sub-GIs

Wine Growers of BC- BC Wine Regions Topo Map

In BC we relatively quickly learned that cooler climate grapes, like Riesling, did better in the north Okanagan, and warmer climate grapes, like Syrah, did better in the south Okanagan.  Similarly cooler climate grape varieties in the Fraser Valley and…

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Celebrates 10 Years of Accomplishments

Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Congratulations to Blue Grouse Estate Winery for making wines and helping out charities for their 10 years of being in business.  It takes a lot of work.  In case you haven’t tasted Blue Grouse wines or visited them on Vancouver…

Let Me Tell You About the Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

Wines of BC 2021 Vintage Preview

2021 was a year of extreme weather conditions in BC, which had an impact on BC grapes and wine production.  Temperature records were shattered in many regions.  I’ve been told that Kelowna, Kamloops, Osoyoos, and Lillooet were among 60 cities…

Blue Grouse ‘threepeats’ In April, $1 from Every Bottle Sold Goes to Nourish Cowichan

Nourish Cowichan

Help feed hungry children in the Cowichan Valley by buying a bottle of Blue Grouse or Quill wine in BC.  The press release from Blue Grouse Estate Winery is below. ~~~ [Duncan, BC] For the third year in a row, $1…