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Michael Botner

The Thrill of Wine Heli-Tours

Taking off in a helicopter can be an exhilarating experience; there is lots of excitement, power, torque and wind! It's a bit like a business where you launch, take off, and then rise steadily and travel with no road map to your destination. more

Jun 9, 2016 9:53 AM Publisher's View

Inside you will find our annual Buyer's Guide, articles on Lunessence Winery's work to protect marsh habitat, the story of Backyard Farm in Oliver and an explanation of the new BC wine and liquor laws. W more

Apr 13, 2016 2:06 PM Issues

Growers and wineries took the time during a hectic harvest and crush period to respond to the Orchard & Vine 2016 Wine Survey. more

Nov 24, 2016 3:15 PM Wine

Four winery updates and wine reviews by Michael Botner. Stag’s Hollow 2015 Dolcetto, Conviction 2015 “The Industrialist” Sovereign Opal, Mt. Boucherie Estate 2013 Family Reserve Syrah, Monte Creek Ranch 2015 Hands Up Red. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:46 PM Wine

Many wineries have already made the connection between making great wine and taking a sustainable approach to winegrowing. more

Oct 1, 2016 3:00 AM Wine

The launch of Sperling Vineyards in 2009 marks the return of East Kelowna native Ann Sperling to her home turf. One of Canada’s premier winemakers, Sperling’s winemaking career started at Andrés Wines in Port Moody in 1984, after graduating from UBC more

Oct 1, 2016 1:30 AM Wineries 2 Comments

As Nk’Mip Cellars gears up to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2016, it is interesting to consider that it is no longer the only aboriginal-owned and operated winery in B.C. Enter Indigenous World Winery in 2015 . more

Jul 7, 2016 3:32 PM Wineries

Unexpected news is sometimes the best news. That is surely the case for Harry McWatters’ bold move to take over and transform the abandoned, historic PenMar Theatre in downtown Penticton into a working urban winery with all the bells and whistles. more

Jul 7, 2016 1:00 PM Wineries

Finally, some good news for BC producers of wine, beer and spirits. more

Jun 9, 2016 10:33 AM Wine

Make no mistake, buying a bottle or two of wine in a supermarket in BC is a big deal, to both consumers and producer. more

Apr 10, 2016 12:00 AM Wine

PV is about the realities of business – growing more good grapes more efficiently while raising the value of the crop. more

Feb 16, 2016 10:37 AM Wine

Jacques-Olivier-Pesme

Michael Botner

The next hurdle for the evolving B.C. wine industry is the world stage, where global competition is fierce both at home and abroad. more

Dec 4, 2015 12:59 PM Wine

Lunessence

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All the stars are aligned for Lunessence, one of Summerland’s newest wineries. Launched in July, it occupies an 8 acre site – formerly Sonoran - on Gartrell Rd. between Happy Valley Rd. and Giant’s Head Rd. more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM Wine

Cask and Barrel

Michael Botner

Why is it news that a new private liquor store is opening on the Westside? After all, liquor stores are places to replenish supplies of cold beer and coolers, not discover new and exciting specialty products. more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM News

Slated to open in Spring 2016, Grizzli Winery on Boucherie Rd. at Hudson in West Kelowna is a busy construction site in early fall. more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM News

Infusions

Michael Botner

Local wine producers and consumers who enjoy dining out with local wine and great food sourced from BC growers are sure to appreciate the bold, new policy ending corkage fees at Infusions Restaurant. more

Dec 3, 2015 12:00 AM News

The ancient practice of using clay or terracotta vessels for fermenting wine is making a comeback as an alternative, less intrusive, more natural, more artisanal way of producing wine. more

Oct 9, 2015 1:00 PM Wine 1 Comments

For Ed Nowek, owner and founder of Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery, a fascination with honeybees goes hand in glove with business acumen. more

Oct 9, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Don Triggs

Michael Botner

Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs started Culmina Family Estate Winery with the simple goal of making the highest quality wines possible. more

Jul 8, 2015 11:33 AM Wine

Buying Wine

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One of the positive aspects of BC wine law reform is the introduction of liquor sales and marketing at Farmers’ Markets. more

Jun 9, 2015 2:37 PM Wine

Dozens of Farmers' Markets in BC will now allow the sale of locally produced wine, beer and spirits. The big question for producers is, how to get in on this opportunity. more

Apr 10, 2015 3:03 PM Features

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