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Happy days are here again for curious wine lovers.
Let Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti transport you on a captivating wine voyage this Thanksgiving
This summer think beyond the cork with these boxed wine favourites that are a perfect blend of portability, quality and price.
That classic Kiwi tartness made distinctively in our own B.C. backyard.
Covert Farms is a good guide for this brave new world of low-intervention wines.
All the taste, half the wallop!
There's a new tour in town that promises to shake up the traditional male-dominated experience.
It's the perfect learning ground to dive deep on a single grape.
And Tantalus never ever puts anything on sale
The future of B.C. bubbles is bright (and lively).
For more than three centuries, the territory of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore has hand-formed the history and future of Italy’s most renowned sparkling wine; however, people have been growing grapes there since 1220.
It's Canada's most famous wine—but is it worth $185?
It's criminally underloved and one of the greatest deals in all of wine.
If you love Sauvignon Blanc, then this might be your new Holy Grail wine.
If you don't like this probably no need to explore Oregon any further...
One of these is bound to be The One That You Want.
The best bang for your buck in red, white and rosé.
There's no one pushing boundaries like Osoyoos' Moon Curser.
A $23 stunner from Culmina
A Sommelier of the Year, a Master of Wine and a Master Winemaker are joining forces.
Hester Creek brings the juice at a shockingly low price point.
It's a stunner of a move and the fires are to blame.
A red that can do double dutywithout breaking the bank.
The Champagne legend passed away early this month at age 94.
Not that there's anything wrong with Whispering Angel.
Layering flavour, colour and texture will make your holiday charcuterie look fabulous, but the cheese and wine will make it unforgettable.
Charcuterie boards are visually stunning and delight the senses. When it comes to pairing a wine with your board, Robert Mondavi Winery knows just how to bring the elements together
A time-honoured sparkling wine for the festive season and beyond
Wineries make it and then they store it for years... but they don't charge near enough for this service.
Although his family set roots in winemaking in 1836, Alain Brumonts work for the past four decades has proven that history and innovation can work together
Light, maybe. Powerful? You bet.
A trio of wines for perfect turkey pairings.
Like so many, Evolve Cellars has pivoted to celebrate special moments and the best of times
We're very happy to brag about our local wine scene.
The Aussie legend pushes the envelope.
Chianti Classico Riserva will never let you down.
As in Champagne (of course).
Is that so hard to ask?
A textbook winner from Stag's Hollow.
A more approachable version of Foxtrot.
Western Canada has something special to look forward to this spring as Mionetto launches its new Prosecco Rosé in BC and Alberta just in time for summer
A beauty of a Trebbiano from Zenato
Or what sort of offspring are you?
This seems promising...
How to find the great in a sea of good.
A great entry into the world's most rarified wine region.
A $15 wonder of a wine from O'Rourke's Peak Cellars.
One of Australia's new-wave winemakers takes on the heartbreak grape.
Township 7's new Seven Stars celebrates all things bubbly.
And it's pink and sparkly!
A prototypical pick from a classic producer.
The winery that kicked off the Pinot frenzy.
A classy bottle from a classy superstar.
Drafting up a solution to a complex problem.
A pioneering winery leads the pack.
It's a rare pandemic upside.
The sale to California's Jackson family is a game changer.
Seriously? 2003? 2008? C'mon!
This is the last vintage from CedarCreek, but the Fitzpatrick Family tows the line.
When it gets warm, go natural baby
Hester Creek Estate Winery offers all the pleasures of a full estate experience in the heart of B.C.s Golden Mile Bench
Phantom Creek just went full The Last Dance treatment...and it's pretty good
A benchmark wine at a mid-level budget.
Two bottles that are an exception to the rule.
I wont lie, the 2019 vintage was a tough one.
Required reading for home-bound oenophiles.
Two legends helped craft this wine.
And even among the area's adventurous winemakers, the Bronca sisters stand out for pushing the envelope.
A natural wine that stands up to time.
These two have a keen insight into where the wine world is heading, and which trends are here to stay.
All you need to know to select the perfect sparkling wine this holiday season
Raising a glass to an unbeatable holiday gift.
Les Dames Bring The Vin.
An Earls-sized tip of the hat to a Western Canadian hospitality pioneer.
We have a serious entry for best new winery.
Check out all the ways to discover incredible BC VQA wines.
The Argentines simply do it too well for very little money.
At $24 this is the most exciting Okanagan wine I've tasted in a long while.
A farewell to one of the builders of the West Coast's wine industry.
The B.C. Pinot Noir Celebration is like a normal wine festival...without the duds.
Upper Bench's $25 beauty is not too rich, not too austere and just right.
Delicious food, boundless wine and activities for everyone makes Hester Creek this seasons most unforgettable escape.
It's Argentine but it's Cabernet, not Malbec.
First, you start with a llama farm.
A Sunday in August is, as the name implies, a good pairing for a summer day.
We're not trying to shame you: just offer some subtle direction.
As long as Blue Mountain sells their phenomenal Gold Label for under $28, it makes it tricky for anyone else to sell theirs for more.
I don't want to pay $$$ for your byproduct! Or do I?
As you search for the perfect wine for Mother's Day, keep her astrological sign in mind.
Malbec, you've come a long way, baby.
And that's exactly why you should buy it.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG is easier to drink than it is to say.
When I look at Spearhead, I see shades of famed California producers Kosta Browne and Williams Seylem.
A panel of BC sommeliers told us to buy it and they nailed it.
Imagine you had an allegedly unlimited expense accountwhich wine would you buy?
Nothing pairs with a steak quite like a bold red
especially one thats been specially commissioned by steakhouse experts.
It's an Easter egg of quality and taste.
As the name implies, the Prosecco Superiore DOCG makes a better bubbly.
Wine Spectator's Top 100 just came out and we scooped them on wine #12we just can't find the post.
The catch? It's only for our Alberta readers....er, yay?
12 Bordeaux style-blends were served blind and they triumphed over a seriously esteemed group.
Only in Alberta you say? Pity.
5 Wineries + 1 location = maximum exposure.
This Okanagan bottle is the place to start.
Uhm...we'll take a case.
The Okanagan Crush Pad founder shares her top picks.
Master the newest vintner slang and look like a pro on your next wine tour.
South Africa's not one for lightness.
For when you're cat-peed and gooseberried to death.
Swartland offers old-vine treasures with barely a pinotage in sight.
Forget pale pink and salmon huesSummerhill's version can stand up to a steak without breaking a sweat.
Why bother avoiding superlatives when Blue Mountain is making wine this good for this cheap?
Turns out wine's fourth colour is a great pairing option
What does the perfect winery look like? Well if youre trying to make world-beating pinot noir, it probably looks something like Kelownas new Martins Lane.
White or red
that is the question.
A Benchmark for the Golden Mile Bench Vineyard.
Exhibit A: This limited bottle from Hester Creek.
Same grape, different name (and a different taste, too).
Turns out, the natural by-product isn't the root cause of your hangover.
How about treating VIWF as a fact-finding mission for everyday drinking?
More proof that B.C. syrah is among the best in the world. Seriously.
It's not only a blockbuster of fruit and structure, but it's cheaper here than almost anywhere else.
Yesand "amazingly bonkers" natural wine, at that.
Cheers to mastering the fine art of sipping bubbly.
Taste this wine and you'll know.
Two age-worthy bottles that make for great gifts.
Plus two valley wines that value freshness over power.
We tasted the annual offerings so you know what to snag when they're released October 14.
Think of how you would buy real estateand then do the exact opposite.
Tinhorn Creek's newest release was two decades in the makingand it shows.
These tough-to-find bottle are worth seeking out.
Napa's To Kalon Vineyard is the most famous (and expensive) cabernet sauvignon soil in North Americaand Robert Mondavi uses it for sauvignon blanc.
Ten cocktail recipes your dad will love.
Their labours of love are the heart and soul of the Okanagan's wine industry.
Light, floral, crisp and fruitythis Spanish white has everything you want in a summer wine.
Domaine de Beaurenard brings balance to a French powerhouse.
Take an obscure French grape and transport it to the up-and-coming Lazio region of Italy and wonderful things happen.
Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada doesn't get the love it deserves, despite being one of Portugal's finest.
The tasting floor is no place for the weak of heart. You can amble around and (literally) drink it all in or you can act like a pro and zero in on some rarities that will blow your mind.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini proves winemaking is more than just an old boys' club.
Wherein we skip the same old tasting notes for some unvarnished truth about what the bottle you choose says about you.
It turns out that the worlds priciest grape juice is most definitely worth all the fuss.
The new limited release Gamay from Quails' Gate's is a throwback wonder.
Buon Natale! Three top picks (at every price point) for the oenophile in your life.
Top Drop offers a highly curated look into what is hot in vino right now and where it's going in the future.
Cellar these amazing bottles until 2025 for an all-new tasting experience.
Tinhorn Creek's Gewurz clocks in well below $20 but delivers the complexity of a 90-pointer.
Start small, dream big and go easy on the price tag.
The case for red as the perfect summer wine.
Black Hills white blend has been around for 12 yearsand it continues to be the standard-bearer for looking for elegance in their Sauvignon Blanc.
Order a bottle from this obscure wine region.
And, more importantly, do they make wines worth trying?
A red, a white and a rose walk into a bar...
Forget what the wine snobs told you: fruit bombs aren't all bad.
Sorry, chardonnay. We're exploring our options.
Because it's one thing oohing and aahing about a bottle that was sent to you and it's quite another when you're spending your own $$$.
A snippet from what to expect from our upcoming How to Be a Wine Pro seminar.
Here is our list of producers you shouldn't miss!
We bring you 7 tasty dishes to go with your favourite wines.
AA Badenhorst makes wines so unique that they defy any preconceptions.
Who knew grenache from Sardinia could be so special?
Finding Burrowing Owl was a big deal when I was growing up in Edmonton and it still impresses the tar out of the relatives.
Want to look like a big wheel when arriving at the holiday party? Double down on the bottle size.
With a bottle like this one, we might just stand a chance.
Six bottles to help you ring in the new year.
Because when you first meet a grape, it's not time to cheap out.
Augey channels a long forgotten species: easy drinking, affordable Bordeaux.
At long last the future of wine buying finally lands in the Great White North.
Our yearly reminder that we live in the worst jurisdiction in North America to be a wine lover is out. And quit snickering, Alberta.
The new Coolshanagh winery has the modest goal of making the very best Chardonnay in the Okanagan.
This wine is complexbut it isn't a show-off about it.
Every week I suggest a bottle, but here's a glimpse of what I do when no one is looking.
Barolo's trusty sidekick.
Call it "jug wine" if you will, but ambitious wineries are experimenting with amphora aging, and getting spectacular results.
The Judgment of B.C. tasting pitted our best Syrah and Chardonnay against the world and the results were....not bad.
At $18, this Bordeaux-inspired blend re-energized me on South African wines.
Ca'Rugate's Soave is affordable, delicious and a hallmark of someone with good sense and excellent taste.
Tinhorn Creek goes to the time (and expense) to age their 2Bench red before releasing itso you don't have to.
Averill Creek's cool-climate white is well suited to an increasingly warming climate.
Medium body + low alcohol + stone fruit = buy a half case for the fridge.
Mark your calendars: the Cambie signature BC Liquor Store is offering free Argentinian wine samples August 13-14.
The Australian wine launches in B.C. with an Aussie-style outdoor rooftop party.
A wine I gave little attention tountil I put a blindfold on.
A major sense of occasion and a dash of James Bond makes Taittinger's Comtes de Champagne without equal.
Picking the right summer wine presents a whole other kind of ice bucket challenge.
Thrilling performances from Les Miserables and farm-to-table barrel cellar dining set the stage for the release of Culminas new R&D Red Blend
Culmina Family Estate Winery Hosts the Arts Club Theatre Company on Saturday, June 13
This weekend's Garagiste North tasting lets you see what the really small producers are doing.
It was up against the only four other Ortegas I've ever tried, but still.
The Big Boy of Italian reds should be the official wine of Father's Day.
To find the best wine in the OK, we went straight to the winemakers and asked them to tell us about a bottle that they admire. And so on. And so on...
Stock up on these winery-exclusive bottles on your next trip to the Okanagan.
The 'other guys' of wine are ready to be served with your favourite recipes from the Duchess Bakery.
Kicking off the summer season with a few splashes of French Rosé.
Tantalus Vineyards and Yew at the Four Seasons Vancouver have teamed up to present a stellar line up of Rieslings all paired with a fine dining experience.
Start by growing it in France and adding some pals to toughen it up a bit
Chenin Blancs honeyed tasting notes have wine lovers buzzing.
Join the Les Miserables cast and Culimina co-proprietors Don and Elaine Triggs on June 13th for a celebration of wine and theatre.
A great bottle from the criminally unheralded grape.
All you have to do is double down.
An Aussie crowds in on the Petite Sirah game.
Moon Curser continues to be the mad scientist of the Okanagan.
For your next dinner party, lay down a C-note to see the dramatic difference in style of this versatile grape.
These two bottles made the trip back with me from a recent weekend in California.
Mad Fish has returned to the market, with a side of subtlety along for the ride.
As Champagne become a more rarified treat, a new generation of sparkling wines take up the slack.
. . . also just so happens to be one of the best wine books of them all.
And it's a great value in both places.
It wasn't a high priced trophy wine, but a modest Riesling that went above and beyond.
Our New Year's resolution for 2015? Drink more riesling.
You've never had a Bobal like thisbecause you've probably never had a Bobal.
Hint: it has to do with the insane price of its comparables.
What goes best with brunch? Bubbles, of course! These three bottles are fantasticdon't be fooled by the humble bottle cap that keeps them sealed up tight.
Though every year, food editor Neal McLennan swears he won't pay attention to Wine Spectator's ultimate hot list, every year he fails. Here's what he learned from this year's crop of winners.
The future of the Okanagan wine is sitting in concrete eggs at the Okanagan Crush Pad.
Yalumba was making wine 11 years before the Civil War startedand they're still one of the essential Aussie brands for wine lovers.
This week's wine pick comes from a surprising locale.
Thanks, Olivia Pope, for making it cool to drink red wine in your comfies.
Compare it against one that's extraordinary.
Nova Scotia's Benjamin Bridge is making some of the world's best sparkling wine.
Who doesn't love Thanksgiving Zweigelt? (That's the name of the grape, by the way.)
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
And start thinking about balanceit's way more important.
This wine, a burger and a pretzel bun? That's some seriously good times.
Poplar Grove's merlot is an exercise in passion over finance.
These Sicilian wines pair perfectly with the tomato-based recipes featured in Western Living's September issue.
Is Burrowing Owl the most reliable winery in Canada?
Pull a cork in Solidarity this week.
But the ones that aren't are amazing.
Our wine editor, Neal McLennan, gives us his take on the rosé trend.
Is there more to life than bone dry wines?
Why does Hester Creek make the Okanagan's only Trebbiano?
The white grape arneis flies under the radar in Italys most famous region.
Wine Pro David Stansfield shares his insights for hosting a wine tasting that's both informed and delightfully informal.
Chenin Blanc reigns supreme in these parts.
Here's a wine that the winemaker doesn't even have anymoreand it's a bargain to boot.
St. Urbans riesling ages like white burgundy (maybe even better) at a fraction of the price.
The massive country has one foot in the Old World and one in the Newand these three bottles prove that's a good thing.
A new bottling from Stag's Hollow has us thinking about the grape's bright future in Canada.
Food and travel editor Neal McLennan picks a mixed case that covers the regions most exciting producers.
Mastroberardino doesn't grow Syrah or Merlot or Pinot Noir. And they never will.
Portuguese wines deserve a little love. Here's six reasons why.
Right now, there's no more compelling country for wine drinkers than Spain.
Taking advantage of inexpensive American wine prices.
Pop StarDoes Champagne need an overhaul?
It has a noble wine history and ancient vines to go with it. So why isn't Portuguese wine more iconic?
Islay is the whisky drinkers road not taken.
The king of southern Italian grapes is no longer content to be a regional phenomena.
Three unexpected wines that are perfect patio fare.
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