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Gary Symons

Gary Symons

Gary Symons is a writer at Orchard & Vine, and editor at WineTraveller.org.

Inside this issue O&V features our year end tree fruit, berry, grape and wine report. Our annual survey of the fruit and wine industry in BC. The annual interview with the Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and more. more

Nov 24, 2017 1:58 PM Magazine

Martin’s Lane

Photo by Nic Lehoux

This has been a momentous year for BC wines, not because of the wines produced, but due to the business related developments that are shaking up the entire industry. more

Nov 24, 2017 3:09 PM Articles

BC’s Minister of Agriculture says the provincial government is willing to look at changes to liquor laws to help grow the emerging craft spirits industry. more

Nov 24, 2017 2:46 PM Articles

Honourable Lana Popham

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There are big changes coming for agriculture in BC, thanks to the election of the NDP and the appointment of grape grower Lana Popham as the new Minister of Agriculture. Popham co-founded and operated Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic more

Nov 24, 2017 2:38 PM Articles

Go back in time just five years, and BC was a very different place when it came to craft distilleries. A few isolated pioneers struggled to make a go of it, but were hampered by liquor regulations and high markups. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:17 PM Articles

Cork Tree

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Go into any wine store in Canada and you’ll see rank upon rank of bottles closed with metal screw top caps. It’s a lingering sign of the massive switch from cork stoppers to synthetic stoppers that happened over the late 20th Century and accelerated more

Oct 2, 2017 12:04 PM Articles

Fitz Winery

Photo by Gary Symons

The wine industry is like any other; it goes through cycles, and certain wine products trend upwards or downwards over time. more

May 30, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Merced del Estero Winery

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Canadians drink an awful lot of wine from Argentina, but very few of us have ever been to one of the world’s largest wine producing regions. more

Mar 30, 2017 2:33 PM Articles

Irrigation

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Can the Okanagan Avoid the Fate of California? more

Oct 1, 2014 1:05 PM Articles

Depending on your perspective, the core review of the Agriculture Land Commission and the land reserve itself is either clumsy politicking at its worst, or a cleverly engineered campaign with a hidden agenda. more

Jul 10, 2014 2:21 PM Opinions

PARC

Gary Symons

It will take a LOT of candles to celebrate the ‘birthday’ this year for the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. more

Jul 10, 2014 1:48 PM Articles

Sandhill

Gary Symons

In the Okanagan wine business, success depends just as much on the experience you offer guests, as on the quality of the wine. more

Jul 10, 2014 12:59 PM Articles

Eric von Krosigk

Gary Symons

Summerhill Pyramid Winery has released this year what may be regarded as an historic vintage for the Okanagan Valley. more

Jul 9, 2014 1:56 PM Articles

Coravin, the maker of a wine preservation device costing $300, faces an explosive problem. more

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM Innovations

Anthony Lewis

Gary Symons

So, it’s clearly a weird day. I’m standing in a tiny picker shack with a mad inventor, listening to the howl of electronic sound coming out of a huge speaker, and watching as the sound gradually creates an elegant pictograph out of table salt. more

Jun 10, 2014 2:40 PM Articles 1 Comments

2014 Best Varietals

Gary Symons

Okanagan wineries win awards frequently on the world stage, but there’s nothing quite like winning at home. more

Jun 10, 2014 2:21 PM Articles

If you run a farmgate operation selling local produce or products, you probably wish some giant organization would come in and help you market your products for free. more

Apr 9, 2014 12:56 PM Articles

Cherry growers could be excused for being a little disheartened. They just learned they have to go through another year for the pilot program on exporting cherries to China. more

Apr 9, 2014 11:56 AM Opinions

Fruit growers are in for what Keith Carlson calls a global 'Scientific War' over new fruit varieties developed in Canada. more

Apr 9, 2014 11:44 AM Articles

IFTA Group Photo

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IFTA Conference Delegates Praise BC Growers more

Apr 9, 2014 11:39 AM Articles

Lady Bug

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On the outskirts of Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island, 10 buildings are spread over a fairly typical farm property. Horses roam the green fields ... but this is definitely not a horse ranch; it's a ranch of a very different kind. more

Apr 9, 2014 11:29 AM Articles