Some 58 percent of buyers came from the US, Canada and Mexico, while a further 9 percent came from Brazil in a faint confirmation of where experts have long said the next wave of fine wine buyers will emerge from.
Canada's minister of argiculture and agri-food warns that his country may impose retaliatory tariffs on US wines if the country does not revise or revoke controversial country of origin (COOL) labeling laws
I waited skeptically for the reds, whose grapes generally demand longer hang time in autumn to achieve adequate ripeness. And now, following a long rest in barrel and bottle, the field looks so much better than anticipated, especially in the case of merlot, the Okanagan's flagship red variety.
Now would be a good time to pick up that special bottle of French Bordeaux wine that you had on your list - and a couple of extra for the wine cellar. Morgan Stanley Research has just released a report that projects a global shortage in wine production.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is up for another award, though this time it isn't for one of their wines. The Oliver winery has been named as one of two private-sector finalists for an environmental award at the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.'s Land Awards Gala.
Festival organizers pointed out that 25 percent of the wineries entered will be pouring for the first time during festivities headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre. They are scheduled to pour 1,750 wines during 54 events from Feb. 24 to March 2.