The 33rd annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival begins Thursday in British Columbia, and a recent study indicates wine-related tourism in the Okanagan Valley generates $139 million annually to the region's economy.
Premier Kathleen Wynne may uncork a surprise for fans of Ontario's craft wines. Wynne suggests it is time to loosen Ontario restrictive laws around booze sales in order to boost the province's wine industry.
Plympton-Wyoming council has passed a bylaw for an area wide tourism exemption under the Retail Business Holidays Act. The exemption will allow retail businesses in the Town of Plympton-Wyoming to stay open voluntarily on five of nine statutory holidays (Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day).
The improvement in quality of wines from Chile, while maintaining value prices over the last ten years has been truly remarkable. I highlight a few below but read about all 13 on my Top 50 Value Wines list.
The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is set to expire, and will not be included in a bill designed to avert a government shutdown, according to a statement Tuesday from the press office of Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).
"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.