"It was a classic Sparkling harvest," said Lawrence Buhler, Colio's Winemaker. "The initial pressed grapes are exhibiting a nice bright acidity and great flavour." Buhler felt the Pinot Noir definitely hit the mark for an ideal Sparkling Wine.
New research from Wolf Blass and Trend Hunter suggests Canadians are becoming "everyday sommeliers" with the help of social media, smartphone apps, and unprecedented access to vintners. The report notes that there were more than 450 wine apps for the iPhone alone in 2011, and nearly two million wine-related blog posts as of 2009.
Canadians love their wine. So much so, we're not only among one of the fastest growing wine consumers globally1, we're fundamentally changing an industry centuries in the making as wine continues to become a key part of our lifestyle.
This major shift in agriculture came about after the federal government eliminated the tobacco farmers' quota system as consumer demand waned, a blow that was softened through Tobacco Transition Program grants in 2008, funded by fines paid by tobacco companies for smuggling offences.
With this year's conditions cooler and dryer than the banner year of 2012, Niagara's grape crop needs to stay on the vine a bit longer to reach full maturity, say researchers at Brock University's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.
More BC Liquor Stores will soon carry refrigerated beer and wine. The pilot project is part of Victoria's ongoing review of provincial liquor laws and will bring walk-in coolers to seven government retailers this fall.
Canada's 500 wineries pay $1.2 billion annually in provincial and federal government taxes and liquor board mark-up, so to state that these mainly small, family-owned rural businesses are looking for a "free ride," goes beyond outrageous.
A small First Nations village in northwestern B.C. is divided over plans to open the first beer and wine store in the community. The village government in New Aiyansh plans to establish a licensed, legal counter at the local gas station.