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08/28/15

With 2015 on pace to break last year's record for the planet's hottest year, the snowy Great White North has learned it's not immune to global warming.

08/28/15

Seemingly out of nowhere, Oliver winery C.C. Jentsch has emerged to win two major prizes. This week, C.C. Jentsch's 2013 Syrah was rated No. 1 at the Judgment of B.C. in Vancouver.

08/27/15

Droughts in Canada are less severe than in balmier climes because the long, cold winters suppress evaporation from the soil. Yet with temperatures as much as 5 degrees Celsius (9 Fahrenheit) above normal this year, the dryness has been anything but mild, affecting industries from the oil sands to wine makers.

08/27/15

"The weather has been perfect so far," said Grant Stanley, director of viticulture and winemaking at 50th Parallel Estate in Lake Country, north of Kelowna, where the growth cycle is a few weeks ahead of schedule. "We're thinking this could be a great harvest."

08/27/15

Whenever I travel across Canada, it's rare that I don't have a case of wine to share with family and friends and it usually involves crossing a provincial border. I have travelled home to Saskatchewan with 24 bottles of wine as luggage on a flight and have never been afraid of being caught. When I find great bottles of wine that my family and friends will enjoy I pop them in the mail. I am essentially the Han Solo of Canadian wines and beer.

08/26/15

Lawyers for a man arrested for transporting too much booze from Quebec to New Brunswick argued in court Tuesday that the trade barriers restricting the flow of alcohol and other goods across provincial borders are unconstitutional.

08/26/15

As Ontarians travel their own country this summer, they could be breaking the law just by bringing home too much booze.

08/25/15

Just a few years ago in Vancouver, the only way to get someone to legally serve you alcohol on a Sunday was for a priest to give you a bit of wine during communion.

08/25/15

The growth of the industry has been immense, with the Ontario Craft Cider Association projecting sales of Ontario cider to reach $35 million by 2018, with employment in the sector increasing to 350 jobs. More importantly, he said, it would provide a shot in the arm to Ontario's "struggling apple industry" as cideries buy 10 per cent of all apples grown in the province.

08/21/15

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.

08/20/15

British Columbia wine producer Glenn Fawcett prepared himself for the worst as flames from the recent British Columbia Fire in Okanagan Valley surged across the nearby hillside

08/19/15

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.

08/18/15

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.

08/18/15

Blaze comes within yards of vineyard rows in Golden Mile Bench

08/18/15

The 100 homes near the Testalinden wildfire are still under an evacuation alert

08/14/15

Wine vendors experience a 'brief adjustment phase' with new system, making some wines hard to find

08/14/15

The Pacific Circle Highway is closed and check points are in place south of Cowichan Lake

08/12/15

As we ease back into our work week after a long weekend to celebrate this great province, we reflect on how it has been a long, warm spring and summer across BC.

08/11/15

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.

08/11/15

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.

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