The B.C. Wine Appellation Task Group's seeks the establishment of four new wine regions: Thompson Valley, Lillooet-Lytton, Shuswap, and Kootenays. That's in addition to the five officially designated regions: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands.
"Around the world today wine makers and wine enthusiasts are increasingly interested in the soil and climate conditions of where the wine is grown," says Ezra Cipes, chair of the B.C. Wine Appellation Task Group. "Our recommendations will help to strengthen a sense of place for our wines that is uniquely about British Columbia."
Saskatchewan received a poor grade from a restaurant lobby group that looked at booze laws across the country. Dwayne Marling with Restaurants Canada said the provincial score of D+ reflects a number of realities.
Restaurants and bars in B.C. want the provincial government to cut them a deal on the price they pay for wine, beer and spirits. Right now, they're required to buy liquor only from government stores and they must pay the same price as everyone else.
On the heels of a study indicating a growing consumer preference for Ontario-produced wine, Grape Growers of Ontario has uncorked a vigorous campaign to get more of those wines on tables across the province and grow the domestic wine market.
This is the 18th in an occasional series on destination wineries of the Pacific Northwest. Towering high above the Okanagan Valley's largest city, Mission Hill Family Estate is British Columbia's most amazing winery - and quite possibly is the most architecturally beautiful winery on the West Coast.
Things are so flush that an overpayment by the government of the commission commercial wineries earn for delivering their products directly to wholesale customers (such as Liquor Retail Stores) is not worth recovering.
In this off-the-wall episode for wine lovers featuring on- location reviews of some exclusive Okanagan, BC wineries, the Slippers team reviews wine from TH Wines (www.Thwines.com) in Summerland and the View Winery Vineyard in Kelowna (http://www.theviewwinery.com/).
Church & State Wines hired Vancouver-based Brandever, the design firm run by Bernie Hadley-Beauregard. He has had many home runs since he created the name and the labels for Blasted Church Vineyards in 2002. He has also created a lot of quirky names. One of those that never made it, thankfully, was Dangling Carrot. The owners of that winery preferred Backyard Vineyards.