The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival is in full swing all around town, and by the time it wraps up Sunday night, dishwashers will have dealt with 82,000 wine glasses. And countless plates, cups and cutlery.
U.S. exports of wine - the bulk of it from California - set a record in 2016 despite having to fight a strong dollar, subsidies and barriers in other countries and a tight water and labor supply at home, according to the Wine Institute.
The comments were received positively by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who came to the United States seeking to ensure Canada was not crippled as Trump re-negotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement. The neighboring leaders, polar opposites in nearly every way, took up the thorny subjects of trade and immigration at their first face to face meeting Monday.
On Jan. 18, in a surprise move, the Obama administration launched a trade challenge with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Canada in respect of B.C.-only wine on British Columbia grocery-store shelves - with all of two days left in its mandate. And as of Feb. 7, New Zealand and the European Union had given notice to the WTO that they too would join consultations on the matter.
There's a common belief in Northwest wine industry that if a site produces plump cherries, then it bodes well for wine grapes. That's certainly played out for Chris and Betty Jentsch in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, who founded C.C. Jentsch Cellars south of Oliver. The Jentsch family moved from Germany to Canada in 1929 and settled in the Kelowna area, becoming successful at farming cherries and tree fruits.
November 30thSandra Oldfield has been named as a Top 100 award winner in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category of the Women's Executive Network's 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women.