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The History of Wine: British Columbia

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The History of Wine: British Columbia

Over the next few blogs, I am going to take you on a jour­ney to one of my favourite wine pro­duc­ing regions: British Colum­bia, Canada. I will kick off my trib­ute to BC wines by dis­cussing its history. British Colum­bia was pro­duc­ing wine as early as the late 1850’s, when a monk named father Pan­dosy set up the first white set­tle­ment in the Mis­sion area of Kelowna. He saw the poten­tial for pro­duc­ing wine for the holy sacra­ment and send word to Vat­i­can to have vines sent to him....

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Best BC Wineries of 2012

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Best <span class="caps">BC</span> Wineries of 2012

Annu­ally, lead­ing wine experts across Canada group together for the Wine Access Cana­dian Wine Awards, which judge the best in Cana­dian wines. Based upon the Decem­ber 2012 pub­li­ca­tion of Wine Access, below you will find the win­ning winer­ies that hail from BC. I def­i­nitely encour­age you to pick up a Decem­ber 2012 copy of Wine Access, as it will go into more detail on the win­ning wineries. Thorn­haven Estates Win­ery – Sum­mer­land, BC – Thorn­haven is open through­out the...

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Best BC Wines of 2012

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Best <span class="caps">BC</span> Wines of 2012

Wine Access, a pub­li­ca­tion that dis­cusses wines that are avail­able in the Cana­dian mar­ket, recently pub­lished a list of the win­ners from the Cana­dian Wine Awards. Below, I share with you the win­ning wines from BC. The Best Cana­dian Red Wines of 2012 The BC Choices: BC man­aged to snag four out of the five awards in this cat­e­gory and all of them where Syrah based wines. As a sug­ges­tion, if you can find one of all the wines men­tioned below, do a taste off with your friends and...

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Syrah vs Shiraz: Know the Difference

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Syrah vs Shiraz: Know the Difference

We can thank James Busby, orig­i­nally from Scot­land, for the Aus­tralian Shiraz. Back in 1831, Busby brought a cut­ting from a Syrah vine home to Aus­tralia from a trip to France. This small act not only cre­ated Shi­raz, but started wine cul­ture in Aus­tralia entirely. Now, you might be think­ing that ‘Shi­raz’ is just an accented pro­nun­ci­a­tion of Syrah. Or a mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion entirely. You might be think­ing that ‘Shi­raz’ was all a mistake. Not the case. Shi­raz was...

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The Basics of Organic Wine: Brands and What to Know

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Basics of Organic Wine: Brands and What to Know

These days, I’ve been see­ing more and more about organic foods in gen­eral. Health-conscious peo­ple are stand­ing up and tak­ing notice of what ‘organic’ can do for them. And as a som­me­lier, I get a lot of ques­tions about organic wine. Is it healthier? Is it bet­ter for me? Does it taste bet­ter than non-organic wine? Well, today I’d like to spend some time and clear up the big ques­tions around organic wine. It’s worth know­ing about, but keep in mind that organic pro­duc­tion is a...

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Washington State Wine Tours: List of Regions

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Washington State Wine Tours: List of Regions

1. Yakima Valley You can find at least 60 dif­fer­ent winer­ies here. The empha­sis is on Syrah and Ries­ling, but with so many winer­ies, you’re bound to find more.   2. Walla Walla Valley This region has seen a fair bit of growth with almost 100 winer­ies here. The big empha­sis is on caber­net sauvi­gnon. You’ll also see Mer­lot, Chardon­nay, and Syrah grapes com­ing from this region.   3. Colum­bia Valley The Colum­bia Val­ley is def­i­nitely Wash­ing­ton State’s wine...

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