Tag: winemaker

Ontario winery locations for Harvest 2023

Ontario Winemaker’s Harvest 2023 Interview

 mywinepal  December 12, 2023

This is my sixth year interviewing winemakers or winery principals in Ontario about their latest grape harvest and wine production.  I visited the Niagara-on-the-Lake area in September and heard many positive comments from winemakers about the upcoming harvest season.  Now that it is early December and the wines are all in tanks or barrels, how did the Ontario grape growing…

Osoyoos Larose wines in decanters

A Winemaker Dinner with Michael Kullman of Osoyoos Larose at L’Abbatoir

 mywinepal  April 8, 2023

Okanagan’s Osoyoos Larose is well known for their top-tier Le Grand Vin and their second-tier wine, Petales d’Osoyoos.  Their inaugural wine, Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2001, exceeded all expectations at home and abroad.  Myself and a group of other media and sommeliers were invited to sit down for a casual dinner with winemaker Michael Kullman to taste through some…

Wines of BC 2022 Harvest

Celebrating the 2022 BC Wine Harvest Now Underway

 mywinepal  October 6, 2022

The BC wine harvest was just starting as I was on vacation in the Okanagan the second last week of September.  The winemakers I spoke to noted that they are about a month behind for the start of harvest.  Wines of BC sent me this press release with more information about this year’s grape harvest in BC.  Give it a…

Stephanie Van Dyk, winemaker at Sandhill Wines

Sandhill Wines Announces The Appointment of a New Winemaker

 mywinepal  August 24, 2022

Sandhill Wines announces that they hired a new winemaker.  Please welcome Stephanie Van Dyk.  She is not new to BC, having been making wines at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, and more in the Okanagan.  I am looking forward to trying her wines from the upcoming 2022 vintage, next year.  Here is the press release from Sandhill Wines….

MyWinePal interviews BC Wineries for 2021 Harvest

BC Wine Makers Harvest 2021 Interview – 2nd COVID Edition

 mywinepal  November 30, 2021

The 2021 harvest will surely be marked in our minds as COVID continues.  Plus during the summer there were major fires in BC, and now with the heavy rains and flooding, I’m sure the weather has had an impact on harvest and fermentation.  Socially distanced visitors to BC wineries ensued this year.  Overall, how did the BC grape growing season and…

Tim Charisse, Kelly Mason, and Keith Tyers Ontario winemakers

Ontario Wine Makers Harvest 2020 Interview – COVID Edition

 mywinepal  December 5, 2020

This is my third year interviewing winemakers in Ontario about their latest grape harvest and wine production.  To get a more complete picture of the harvest I asked the following questions to three winemakers in three different grape growing regions of southern Ontario, which should have some differences in climate and harvest.  But this year was a little different as…

Graham Pierce at Kitsch Winery

Kitsch Wines Welcomes New Winemaker, Graham Pierce

 mywinepal  May 12, 2020

Around every 4 years there is a big change in members of curling teams, with a key person from BC going to Alberta, Alberta to Manitoba, and so forth, to make the team stronger and to typically to prepare for the next Winter Olympics.  Winemakers seem to change fairly regularly whether they move to a different province or a different…

BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview II

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Warmer Golden Mile Bench, Similkameen Valley and Naramata Bench

 mywinepal  April 30, 2020

I attended online Part II of the BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview which welcomed winemakers from the Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan Valley (Golden Mile Bench) and BC’s new Sub-GI, Naramata Bench.  It was interesting to hear the differences and similarities between the cooler regions in BC and the warmer regions.  We again had Barbara Philip, MW as our moderator, and…

Virtual BC Vintage Preview Part 1

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Cool North and Vancouver Island

 mywinepal  April 22, 2020  1 Comment on BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Cool North and Vancouver Island

BC’s wine regions, in my opinion, can be categorized as either a very cool, cool, warm, or hot climate.  Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley I’d put into the very cool category.  Lake Country would be cool.  North Okanagan and the Kootenays, I’d regard as cool to warm.  South Okanagan, Similkameen, and Kamloops to Lillooet as hot.  These regions can…

Karl MyWinePal with Steve Latchford from OCP

My Interview with Steve Latchford, Winemaker, Okanagan Crush Pad, at VanWineFest 2020

 mywinepal  March 18, 2020

You may not realize it but winemakers tend to travel across Canada and the world to make wines.  In BC we do have winemakers from here, but there are many from New Zealand and also from the Niagara region in Ontario.  I had a chance to interview Steve Latchford, one of the winemakers at Okanagan Crush Pad, during the Vancouver…