Here is my column as it appeared in the May 17 issue of My City, a monthly magazine in the Abbotsford News.
B.C. is broken into five distinct wine regions called Designated Viticultural Areas, or DVAs: Fraser Valley, Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. The wine from each of these regions reflects its own unique geography. DVAs are then broken into sub-regions that reflect even more unique qualities within the wine. Read more...
Here for their 10th year, EAT! Vancouver runs Jun. 1–3 at BC Place Stadium. The Grapes & Hops Presentation Stage features Vancouver's own Daenna Van Mulligen, a.k.a the Wine Diva, who is joined this year by Liam Carrier of Icon Wines.
Hundreds of exhibits to browse, taste and shop! PLUS celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three-day public extravaganza.
If you'd like a chance to win two tickets to this event, all you have to do is answer this two-part question by clicking on the comment link below the post. I'll draw three names from all the entries:
If you could pick any bottle of wine in the world to drink today, (A) which one would it be, and (B) with whom would you like to drink it?
In Short: May 14, 2012 (Kelowna, BC) - Despite 2011 being one of the coolest vintages on record, the 2011 BDO BC Wine Grape Crop Report shows that the total tonnage* has increased by a whopping 28% over last year, from 17,732 tons in 2010, to 22,722 tons in 2011.
According to BCWI Director and BC Grape Growers’ Association Past-President Manfred Freese of Sun Ridge Vineyard in Osoyoos, “In spite of the large tonnage increase over last year, the crop levels are actually simply returning to normal industry levels, yielding approximately 80% of the potential crop.”
After checking in at Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos, our home during Banée, we took a drive out to Black Hills Estate Winery for a preview tasting of their yet-to-be-released second-label wines: Cellar Hand Free Run White and Punch Down Red. While I didn't take tasting notes, I can tell you I enjoyed both wines and especially liked the aromatics of the white and the juicy, peppery qualities of the red.
Black Hills cellar master, Amber Jones, shares insight regarding new wine, Cellar Hand Free Run White.
After tasting the wines and taking a quick tour of the winery, we drove down the road for a guided tour of the new Wine Experience Centre, still under construction and due for completion in early June, 2012. Once completed, patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of settings while immersing themselves in a tasting experience.