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12/09/16

Despite the relative successes of the "Free My Grapes" movement - a consumers' rights organization that was spearheaded by frustrated wine fan Shirley-Ann George a little over five years ago and works to remove barriers to inter-provincial wine trade - we still can't find much Okanagan wine in Ontario (George's particular grievance) nor expressions from Niagara in British Columbia. But you can find Nova Scotia's Benjamin Bridge everywhere, even in the Yukon. The fresh, rosy-golden, peachy sparkler, called Nova 7, is more or less the headliner for Benjamin Bridge and one of the few Canadian labels you might find anywhere from sea to shining sea.

12/09/16

Wine makers in the Okanagan and the rest of B.C. will soon be able to put more information on their bottle labels. Regulatory changes support the process of making official sub-geographical indications easier.

12/01/16

A couple in Cawston, British Columbia buy their dream vineyard, but quickly realize their longtime fantasy of becoming winemakers may have a few bugs in it.

11/29/16

Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy group for nearly 1,000 California wineries and related businesses, strongly opposes the British Columbia (B.C.) government's 100 percent B.C. wine on grocery shelves program.

11/22/16

At a recent London tasting, Nova Scotia sparkling wine producer Benjamin Bridge invited press and trade to try a selection of its wines in a blind tasting with several Grande Marque Champagnes.

11/22/16

To put this in perspective, in Washington, cabernet sauvignon is sold for an average $1,527 per ton as reported by the USDA in 2015. In contrast, the average price for a ton of cabernet sauvignon in Napa is $4,328. Although you can't expect value from Napa, as no bulk wine grapes can be grown here, you can expect quality, depth of flavour, concentration and extremely age-worthy wines.

11/16/16

Province breaking rules by allowing only B.C. wines on grocery store shelves, Americans say

11/16/16

Only allowing B.C. wines in grocery stores may contravene trade agreeements

11/15/16

To no one's surprise, White House officials conceded Friday that the president's hard-fought-for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would not pass Congress in light of the election of Donald Trump, who campaigned on anti-global trade policies.

11/11/16

Nk'Mip Cellars may be the most unique winery you will ever have the pleasure to visit. It's the first aboriginal-owned and-operated winery in North America, and a flagship property of the Osoyoos Indian Band 0 a member of the Okanagan Nation

11/10/16

There's been a surge of interest in British Columbia wineries from U.S. buyers recently, and it's not because of what happened on election night

11/03/16

Members of the public are invited to discover An International Perspective on Winemaking with keynote speakers Karen MacNeil and Rob McMillan at the inaugural Wine Talks event at Okanagan College on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

10/27/16

Explore premium wines from Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley in a unique masterclass hosted by the drinks business Hong Kong in partnership with British Columbia Wine Institute.

10/25/16

Wine Institute participated in the recent Ottawa meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum, World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) and FIVS with a goal of improving the international regulatory climate and strengthening industry relationships with U.S. and international regulators:

10/25/16

Monte Creek Ranch Winery just planted 17 more acres of grapes and has brought in seven new tanks

10/25/16

Connie Bielert manages the starling control program in the Okanagan-Similkameen and said that nearly 700,000 birds have been culled since it started.

10/24/16

Ottawa's frigid winter weather can make growing grapes in the city a challenge. The low temperatures can damage the vines, so they have to be buried over the winter months and unearthed in the spring.

10/20/16

Pacific Rim officials met in Ottawa, Canada to streamline import-export requirements and reduce costs for governments and winemakers. More than 60 wine regulators and wine industry representatives from 14 nations gathered at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum's (WRF) 6th annual technical meeting on "Winemaking Practices and International Trade" to share good regulatory practices on wine certification, laboratory analysis and winemaking practices in the important trade region.

10/19/16

Penfolds is taking its re-corking clinic on a 25th anniversary tour and next up is New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Vancouver. See the dates and hear about how it works.

10/19/16

A few years ago, I listed a dozen good wines you could buy in the LCBO for $100 in total. I wrote that I included no Ontario wines because all in the LCBO cost more than the $8.30 average per bottle. But I received many e-mails pointing to wines at less than that. The problem was that these were not Ontario wines at all. They were all blends of Canadian and foreign wines (known as International-Canadian Blends, or ICBs).

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