Unless Prime Minister Stephen Harper is planning on working in B.C. vineyards soon it might behoove his government to get real about foreign workers and the role they play tending British Columbia vineyards. A different story with the same ending could be said of Premier Christy Clark and her government, which has displayed an astounding lack of knowledge when it comes to the global wine business and our place in it
Dotted with gleaming lakes, surrounded by majestic mountains and abundant in grapes that produce some of the best wines in North America, British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a beloved summer vacation spot for Canadians.
Join Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi for a trip through the stunning Okanagan Valley as he visits six wineries along its 200-kilometre length. Gismondi will take you deep inside the wineries, prized cellars and vineyards, revealing why the Okanagan is one of North America's premium wine regions.
"Some of the grape varieties are thousands of years old, originating in the cradle of the vinifera wine and the viticultural/winemaking ground zero 6,000 to 8,000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains," said Ron Giesbrecht, faculty and coordinator of the College's wine programs who initiated the project that saw college practicum students and staff plant the Georgian vines on June 24.
As the next generation of Adamo owners have moved forward, they have taken on another venture, aiming to establish Hockley Valley as Ontario's 'next important winemaking region' with their new 77-acre vineyard and 20,000 square foot facility dedicated to making wine.
Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act, announced today, June 25, that Nova Scotians can now import locally grown and produced Canadian wine for personal use without going through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.
Nine voting BCWI Directors represent British Columbia wineries of all sizes, including large wineries (selling more than 700,000 litres annually), medium wineries (selling more than 60,000 litres annually), and the many small wineries.
Dr. Matthew Dahabieh, Head of Research at Renaissance, will present an hour-long industry seminar on yeast fermentation to prevent hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contamination in wine at the 16th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference in Penticton, BC on Tuesday, July 21.
Premier Kathleen Wynne's top business advisor Ed Clark had already foregrounded a delay in overhauling provincial wine regulations, but apparently the process is even more complicated than the former president of TD Bank had initially envisioned.
There was no vintage for M Cellars in 2014, and the winery took a tremendous loss. But this year, thanks to some innovative techniques learned from Canadian wine growers, his harvest should be huge. The techniques could help all the area's wine grape growers.