Category Archives: British Columbia

Tasting Note: 2009 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Road 13 Vineyards, Okanagan Valley VQA

Road 13 Vineyards, at the southern end of the Okanagan Valley, has certainly won notice for the remarkable blends that Michael Bartier, the estate’s winemaker until last January, put together seamlessly from sometimes improbable combinations of varieties. Whether it’s the Stemwinder white (chardonnay, chardonnay musqué and sauvignon blanc) or the Rockpile red (60% syrah, 19% [...]
Also posted in Canada, chenin blanc, tasting, white wine | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Tasting Note: 2008 Altostratus Pinot Noir, Black Cloud Wine

The people you meet on Twitter… One of the most interesting has certainly been Bradley Cooper, the man formerly known as Bradinator, who now tweets entirely from his BlackCloudWine account, the name of his most recent and most personal winemaking venture. Bradley is the winemaker at Township 7, a winery
Also posted in Canada, pinot noir, red wine, tasting | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Off to the vineyards of the West – and the Wine Bloggers’ Conference

So here I am, awake extremely early, Pacific Time, as I adjust to the time difference from home. After an evening discussing the finer points of natural winemaking and British Columbia wine production with Anthony Nicalo of Farmstead Wines (among his many endeavours), and having some fine, crisp Vancouver Island bubbly (Venturi Schulze 2007 Brut [...]
Also posted in Canada, Oregon, United States, wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SAQ goes into Olympic mode: a showcase for Okanagan wines in Quebec (and a podcast of sorts)

The world of sports may contrast the thrill of victory with the agony of defeat, but as far as the Vancouver Olympics are concerned, there are some situations where everybody’s a winner. At least as far as BC wines and Quebec wine lovers are concerned. This Thursday, February 11, some 28 wines from the Okanagan will [...]
Also posted in Canada, Quebec, wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Shipping US wine to Canada: FedEx gets in the game – and raises questions

An article on the Wine Law web site, an extremely interesting source on everything legal about how wine is sold (or not sold) within Canada, caused a bit of excitement among Canadian wine tweeps, today, as it revealed that FedEx has begun shipping wine directly from the United States to Canada – or at least, [...]
Also posted in California, Canada, Ontario, wine trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments