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British Columbia’s wineries are crafting world-class products. In celebration of this hard-earned triumph, John Schreiner has, for the first time in the history of BC’s wine industry, selected the highest-calibre wines—the icons—from 100 of BC’s most accomplished wineries, and has gathered his observations in a compendium that illuminates his passion and unique contribution to BC’s wine region. Featuring vertical tasting notes in which Schreiner compares a variety of vintages of one signature wine, detailed histories and stories from these outstanding producers, and more than 45 full-colour images by Christopher K. Stenburg showcasing the unparalleled beauty of BC’s wine country, Icon…

There are approximately 192,000 acres of Sangiovese (San-jo-vay-say) planted around the world and although most of it can be found in Italy, we’ve actually got three glorious acres of these luscious vines planted right here in our very own backyard.   Sandhill Estate Vineyard, located just outside of Oliver, is a Sangiovese-growing sweet spot where temperatures regularly register near 40° Celsius. This heat combined with rocky cliffs of granite and a gentle west-facing slope produces beautifully ripened, well-balanced fruit, year after year. The 2016 growing season provided a bounty of fruit that most winemakers only dream of and when the…

Climate and soil are two natural components in growing quality Pinot Noir but producing a top-notch bottle requires a passionate human hand and careful judgment. Vancouver Island has providence on its side when it comes to growing this varietal. With latitude on par with the most famous Pinot-producing region in the world – Burgundy, France – it has the ideal moderate-to-cool climate for growing the finicky grape. First, you have to let nature be ruthless. Averill Creek in the Cowichan Valley knows how to do that. With a rocky terroir similar to that of Burgundy, the slopes of Mount Prevost…

The heart of Wine Country wraps around the Okanagan Falls Area stretching from Skaha Lake to Vaseux Lake. The area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. What has largely been kept a secret only sought out by those wine lovers in the know, these hidden gems of small wineries offer a taste of some of the finest wines, wonderful people and the heart of the Okanagan wine experience. Call each winery for wineshop hours. ofwa.ca    for upcoming events, winery members and more!  

Wine Country Pioneer: Adolf Friedrich Kruger October 5, 1931 – NOVEMBER 20, 2016 We are sad to announce the passing of the much loved Adolf Friedrich “Fritz” Kruger on November 20th, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Patriarch of Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, Adolf was a pioneer of the local wine industry and was instrumental in creating farmgate status for wineries – a crucial moment in wine country history. Born in Kehrberg, Germany on October 5, 1931, Adolf spent much of his childhood growing up during the war years. After the war and having fled East Germany,…

Italians have been growing Sangiovese (San-jo-vay-say) since the early 1400s’. World-renowned wines from central Italy (Chianti, Brunello Di Montalcino, and Carmignano —to name a few) have Sangiovese to thank for their bright acidity, ripe fruit and leathery flavours.   This Italian stallion is typically rich in tannins, bursting with flavour, and begging to be served with a pasta Bolognese. There are approximately 192,000 acres of Sangiovese planted around the world and although most of it can be found in Italy, it turns out there are three glorious acres of these luscious vines plated right here in our very own backyard.…

If you’re looking to start your spring wine tasting on a light, crisp note, the emerging region of Vancouver Island is a dynamic place to explore. Compared to the Okanagan, the Island has a moderate to cool climate, ideal for growing Pinot Noir and white varietals such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. These grapes yield light-to-medium-bodied fruity reds and crisp whites with fresh acidity. The region also produces some exquisite sparkling wines. Vancouver Island has been a hidden gem in the wine world, in particular the Cowichan Valley with 14 wineries. Established vineyards have spent 20-plus years researching and developing…

Serendipity Wines certainly lives up to its name. Located overlooking the beautiful rambling hills that surround the Naramata Bench, the winery, though young, is gaining a great deal of notice from critics and the press. From the generous greeting I received from owner, Judy Kingston, to the subtle delicacy of their Pinot Noir 2013, it’s not hard to figure out why this is. From the very beginning Kingston has been dedicated to quality, a cause her daughter Katie O’Kell clearly shares. O’Kell, the winery’s assistant winemaker is the face of the next generation. A recent graduate of the celebrated UC…

If your favourite things include romantic, rustic-but-luxurious getaways, sumptuous spa treatments and delicious Thai food, all with a dash of sustainability, then Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is the place for you. Located northwest of Kamloops and just a five hours northeast of Vancouver, this eco-friendly, all-inclusive resort is exactly what you need for a weekend away.   Owned by Norm and Nan Dove, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offers travelers an authentic Canadian experience, via traditional log-built architecture, activities like gold-panning, fly-fishing and trail rides and evening barbeques followed by campfire sing-a-longs. Conversely, there is also an Asian flavor. …

Discover for yourself why it’s a not-to-be-missed destination. The youthful energy the region exudes and the entrepreneurial spirit enhancing it has blossomed. The stunning setting amid orchards, vineyards, rolling grasslands and picturesque parks surrounded by lakes remains (the three main ones are Okanagan Lake stretching south to Penticton, Kalamalka Lake and Swan Lake). Added to that a renewed vibrancy and the growth in year-round activities available for anyone with the desire to pursue them. The array of activities available whether you are an adventure seeker, explorer, foodie, or culture hound is astounding. Chart your approach at tourismvernon.com For the foodie,…