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It’s spring wine release time! The new vintages of beautiful 2016 wines are now available. Make sure to stock up on your favorites for those many sunny patio days ahead and join a wine club or two to ensure you don’t miss out on small lot releases. Festivals and events are also being announced for the year, so put on your partty pants and get ready to live it up. Do get your calendars out to save the dates for upcoming events like the Pinot Noir Celebration on August 19th – website: bcpinotnoir.ca. Garagiste North Wine Festivals has three events…

Hallelujah spring has sprung! Western Canada certainly received a whooping this winter, with record snow falls and endless cold and grey days, we could not be happier to receive the sunshine and promise of greener days ahead. If those sub-zero conditions had you worried for the safety of our vines, you can be rest assured that all reports are showing no damage. Those hardworking vineyards probably enjoyed their hibernation break under the snow. Now is the time to start planning all of your wine country adventures for the next three green seasons ahead. Start making a list, because there is…

Fall is already upon us and what a whirlwind summer it was! I spent many wonderful hours driving across the province visiting wineries, farms and attending glorious events. Every single trip I make, I meet another amazing person in our food drink and farm community. One that is inspired and passionate about their craft or their job—it really reminds me that I live in the best place in the world right now.  The many generations involved in our industry at this time are offering unique perspectives and contributing knowledge dealing with food security issues. The wine, spirits and microbrewing community…

The beloved summer has arrived in wine country in all of its glory. This magical time of year calls for luxuriously lazy days spent tooling around, enjoying wine tastings, patio lunches and beach time with the kids. There are so many areas of this province to discover and I encourage you to plan an adventure to somewhere new! The Shuswap region is not only a destination for houseboats, they are offering all that you could want for—food, wine, farms, hiking, biking, sipping, singing…and its just a beautiful hour and a half drive from Kelowna. The Okanagan is the hot spot…

Launched in 1991 by its original creator, Mr. Dave Gamble, it provided insights into our burgeoning wine industry, uniquely sharing stories about the people behind the labels, tracking the industry’s evolution. Our team took over many years later and since then, we have proudly continued to walk beside the industry as it has soared to international recognition. Personally, this will be my eighth year at Food & Wine Trails magazine and what an exciting journey it has been! Thank you to all of our advertisers who participate each issue, allowing us to continue as a community publication, touring guide and…

Summertime has descended upon us in all of its glory! This is my favorite time of year in BC wine country. The grapevines are lush, the farms are bursting with incredible fruits and vegetables, the sun is shining and, well, and it just feels like one big, never-ending party.  Our July/August edition is all about having #FUN as you can see by our cheeky and colourful cover. Does that typeface look familiar? (Page 52 tells the story). Wine country has tons of amazing events to attend over the next two months and I recommend attending as many of them has…

At press time, while editing the final pages of this wonderful issue, my ears where treated to the returning sounds of springtime. The birds were merrily chirping and I even had a fat quail on my window ledge cooing and admiring the mason jar full of fresh picked daffodils on my desk. After a long winter, this time of year feels like someone flicked the switch from black and white to Technicolor jolting your senses back to life. Collecting the news for this issue also sparked me back to life as I read about all of the amazing spring wine…

Hooray!  Spring has finally arrived!  Wine country is abuzz with activity again, spring release wines are being bottled and the event list is growing by the day.  Get your calendars out and start planning your road trips and spring wine shopping lists now. The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a week-long festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd showcasing the city’s extraordinary culinary culture – go to eat-vancouver.com for details.  Also upon us is the 3rd Annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival! From April 22nd – April 25th, 2015, the Osoyoos Oyster Festival was…

After an extraordinary, old-fashioned HOT Okanagan summer, wine country is gliding into fall with beautiful crops on the farms and gorgeous bundles of grapes on the vines.  Life is delicious.


The autumn brings the most exciting time in our various B.C. wine regions – time to harvest, crush and bottle.