The heat has been unprecedented in the city, and it's been no different in the countryside. If you look at the average timing of the growing season over the last couple decades, 2015 is currently (and exceptionally) three weeks ahead of schedule; at some wineries, harvests that usually start in September have already begun.
Monday, staffers at Church & State Wines recalled how they worked frantically to save business records and computer equipment as the blaze roared nearer late Friday. They used their cellphone cameras to record inventory of their barrels and bottled wine.
The 'Golden Mile' between Oliver and Osoyoos is home to dozens of wineries, and it was the epicenter of some of the tensest moments on Friday night. "It came right down here," said Bruce Fuller of Rustico Farm and Cellars, pointing to the thin roadway that separated his vines from the hillside.
Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari says, if elected, a provincial Liberal provincial government would look at making "substantial changes" in the way alcohol is sold in Manitoba, including potentially privatizing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
The charges against the five board members of the Shores of Erie Wine Festival will be dropped next week, according to lawyer Patrick Ducharme. Meanwhile, a numbered company was charged under the Liquor License Act today, according to court documents.
The hot and dry conditions across B.C. have sped up the growing season and resulted in a bumper crop on Vancouver Island and the Okanagan region. But it also brings some unique challenges for the province's winemakers.
Winemaker Garron Elmes has made every bottle of wine at Lake Breeze since the day it opened 20 years ago. From arrival in Penticton from South Africa coincided with the launch of many small estates along what is now one of the most famous winegrowing benches in British Columbia. Today the winery is a premier producer of pinot blanc and joins a small cadre of producers making exciting pinot noir across the valley.
Once home to fur traders, gold miners and infamous train robber Billy Miner, Kamloops, B.C., now boasts lush farms, a stunning riverfront and the recently created Kamloops Wine Trail. Not one to miss out on a day of wine tasting (not to mention exploring, shopping and spa-ing), we packed our bags and drove straight there.