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Some things in life are worth waiting for… six years in the making, a limited number of cases of 2010 Averill Brut, Champagne method sparkling wine are finally available to purchase. Cowichan Valley’s Averill Creek Vineyard founder Andy Johnston says the special Brut was the result of a mild summer and cool autumn during the 2010 vintage which resulted in excellent fruit for sparkling wine production The base wine, a 50/50 blend of estate-grown Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris was barrel fermented and aged sur lie in neutral French oak for one year at Averill Creek Vineyard. Second fermentation, in…

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Many restaurants now list at least one “orange” wine on their list, as this ancient style of winemaking is seeing a well-deserved surge in popularity. Orange wines are made with white wine grape varieties, but the juice is macerated along with the grape skins, giving the wine an orange colour and some very dynamic flavours. In British Columbia there are now a few winemakers producing orange wine, and winemaker Matt Dumayne is one of them. Dumayne’s L’Orange Schonberger is made on Vancouver Island at 40 Knots Winery and the wine has been receiving high praise. It’s a dry wine with lower…

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Culmina Family Estate Winery occupies a very special location on the Golden Mile Bench. It is on an elevated area abounding with potential but was mostly unused when Don and Elaine Triggs first noticed the property. When the development of Culmina began in 2006, the Triggs family knew that they wanted to break new ground in the wine industry. From the soil in the vineyard to the final customer experience, everything about growing, making, and selling wine was examined to achieve the highest quality wine and customer experience possible. Both Don and Elaine had grown up on farms on the…

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This 24-acre property boasts a 20-acre vineyard, winery with tasting lounge and vineyard terrace located in Comox above the Powell River Ferry dock. First vines were planted in 2005 with majority being rootstock brought in from France. Varieties are Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Auxerrois, Siegerrebe, and Schonberger.  Layne and Brenda farm traditionally with the aid of bees, chickens, ducks, geese and sheep to produce clean natural grapes for traditional wine making. Winemaker Matt Dumayne of Okanagan Crush Pad, originally from New Zealand, now into his 30th vintage, has racked up many awards and accolades for 40…

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40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery has had a remarkably busy summer as the winery team has been pulled in all directions to sample their bottles everywhere from special liquor store tastings to the Comox Aviation Show and the Cumberland Motorcycle Rally. This Comox Valley winery has just released the newest vintages of Pinot Gris, Rosé and “Ziggy” Siegerrebe, the winery’s trademark wine (named for their winery whippet); the 2014 vintage is showing extremely well. Guests are encouraged to visit the winery, sample the new vintages and visit the winery’s wonderful array of animals including Ziggy the winery dog, the…

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To stay true to the unique terroir of this Comox Valley vineyard, 40 Knots Estate Vineyard and Estate Wines is taking further steps to sync its wine production with nature. The winery is going beyond organic with the addition this year of farm animals as opposed to chemicals to keep the vineyard in order. A visit to the winery will reveal that sheep are being employed to keep the vineyards trim, ducks are eating weeds and chickens are fighting those pesky bugs. Recently the vineyard guardian, a Whippet dog named Ziggy (named after the victory grape Siegerrebe), was featured as…

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Originally founded and planted by a retired tugboat captain in 2007, the 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery is in now the loving hands of owners Brenda Hetman-Craig and Layne Robert Craig. The couple heard the siren’s call to the island while living in Calgary and fell in love with the stunning 24-acre vineyard. Located in the Comox Valley, overlooking the Salish Sea, the property has the largest grape vineyard in the Comox Valley and one of the biggest on the island. The microclimate of the Comox Valley allows warmer temperatures providing a unique terroir for the island grapes to…