Welcome to the end of winter! My name is Darcy and I’m the new editor for Wine Trails. With the snow gone, we are more than ready for another great year of food and wine. It’s also a great time to plan your adventures to the many wine growing areas we have right here in BC.

Winemakers continue to come up with new vintages to please the palate in the well-established regions of the Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. They are ready for you to come and try their latest and greatest vintages.

The areas where wine is grown in BC are slowly transforming the way we think about wine regions in BC. Kamloops, in the Thompson Valley, is an emerging region with several diverse micro climates. The wines you find there may give you a pleasant surprise. The Shuswap has produced some delicious new wines and up in Prince George there’s a new fruit winery. There are also some distinctive small batch wineries causing quite the stir in the Creston Valley. No matter where you go, you’re likely to find some imaginative winemakers creating remarkable wines in places we never expected.

As you travel BC this year, make sure you take the time to get to know the area and the people that live there. There’s nothing like the inside scoop, so talk to the locals, find out what they love, and then check it out.

-Darcy Nybo