Some 17 wines from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon earned best-of-class status, meaning they were the top wine in their category. Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos, British Columbia, won three best-of-class designations, while Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery near Oliver, British Columbia, won two. Gehringer Brothers also won four additional gold medals.
Engel had never been big into big birds, pre-starlings. She couldn't tell a songbird from a passerine from a peregrine falcon. Now she patrols her vineyard wearing a falconer's glove on her left hand while a Harris hawk circle's overhead. The hawk's name is Amadeus. When he is not actively engaged in killing starlings he is scaring them witless, simply by flapping about.
Bert Hick of Rising Tide Consultants said he has heard from his contacts in the U.S. wine industry that the meeting comes amid concerns about the decision by B.C. to let licences to sell Vintner Quality Assurance (VQA) B.C. wines in grocery stores.
Each year for around six weeks during the season, Ed tracks icebergs and then heads out with his 180-foot barge to harvest the pristine, 10-20,000-year-old ice that takes three to four years to float down from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland before arriving off the shores of eastern Canada. This is ice that was formed before the Industrial Revolution, the purest water on earth, and it's what Newfoundland's Quidi Vidi Brewery uses to make its Iceberg Beer.
The popular festival in downtown Ottawa, at the Jordan block, 101 W. Main St., has become a mainstay in the community and is known for not only enticing local citizens to taste test Illinois-produced wine, but also in introducting the Ottawa downtown area to those visiting from outside of the city limits.