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Inside the Pre Spring issue Orchard & Vine is celebrating 60 years in publishing. Throughout 2019 we are featuring industry pioneers, in this issue Michael Botner tells the story of Nk’Mip cellars in Osoyoos which is celebrating 50 years in the wine Read more

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Is spring here already or are we just preparing for it in our heads? While it’s good to have some quiet hibernation time or get away to a warm climate for a holiday, spring feels like it is right around the corner, at press time anyway. Are you ready Read more

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Inside the Year End 2018 issue of Orchard & Vine Magazine we have our annual interview with the BC Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham. The 2018 Fruit and Wine Readers' survey and our annual Year in Fruit and Year in Grapes. The issues also includes Read more

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For the Spring issue O&V features our 2018 Buyer's Guide. Find Suppliers for goods and services for the Orchard, Vineyard and Wine Making Industries. Get the latest on how both the BCFGA and the Wine Industry are dealing with Climate Change. As well Read more

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For Pre Spring O&V features our 2018 Tractor Issue. The latest on orchard & vineyard tractors, specs, the future of robotic tractors and our reader survey. Advice on getting into the cannabis market, new stone fruit varieties and more Read more

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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. Read more

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Inside this issue we feature four friends who turned an old packinghouse into a vibrant cidery at Kelowna's Scenic Road Cider. We also visit Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery and learn about the booming distilling industry in BC. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 Read more

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Ask Dick Cleave, one of the South Okanagan’s leading vineyard managers for over 44 years, to recommend a white grape variety, he answers without hesitation: Sauvignon Blanc. Read more

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Maybe it takes an awesome celebration to help us realize what a unique and special slice of the world we live in. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nk’Mip Vineyards (NKV), a large contingent of Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) members and wine industry Read more

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Great Estates Wine

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The opening of Great Estates Wine Experience Centre this fall adds credence to Penticton’s claim to fame as the principal stepping stone to South Okanagan wine country. Conveniently located at street level in an annex to the Penticton Lakeside Resort Read more

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When a group of investors acquired the property now called Liquidity Wines in 2009, “it was nothing but dirt and vines,” says Ian MacDonald, one of the founding partners and Liquidity’s president. Read more

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Harry McWatters and Christa Lee-McWatters

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To describe Time simply as an urban winery does not do justice to Harry McWatters’ latest endeavor. The completion of Time Winery involves the transformation of the historic Pen-mar movie theatre on Main Street in downtown Penticton into a cutting ed Read more

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Zinfandel

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California’s signature red grape variety, Zinfandel, has gained a toehold in BC’s most productive wine growing area, the South Okanagan. Read more

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On a dare by a friend at UBC, Gene Covert planted two acres of Zinfandel in 2007-8 with a line-up of other varieties in Coyote vineyard, a 30 acre block on a plateau directly south of McIntyre Bluff. Covert Farm’s 600 acre property which also include Read more

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Growing Zinfandel in the Okanagan can be challenging, according to James. “Because the clusters are so big and tightly packed, they are prone to rot, especially with overhead irrigation,” he says. “They do much better with drip irrigation. Because of Read more

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Soon after Stephen Wyse, co-owner of Young & Wyse, planted two acres of Zinfandel sourced from Vintage Nursery in California in 2008. Read more

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A new rendition of Rustico Farm & Cellars, this quirky boutique winery includes a 12-acre vineyard called South Rock, the most southerly in the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation. Read more

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Its origins are murky, but the humble Grüner Veltliner grape (GV) is no slouch, as two of the South Okanagan’s premiere wineries – Culmina and Bordertown - have ably demonstrated. Read more

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New Trends in Sparkling Wine

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Next time you pop a tasty bubbly made in BC, think back to an earlier era when Baby Duck stormed onto the scene. Read more

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Maverick's owner and winemaker Bertus Albertyn

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Small wineries are the heart and soul of the BC wine industry. The story of Maverick Estate demonstrates how one such winery navigates the gauntlet of challenges to establish a rising reputation for unique, distinctive wines. Read more

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High on the list of impediments to the prosperity and growth of BC wineries is Canada’s entrenched regime of interprovincial trade restrictions. Read more

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The competition medal winner for most unique wine surely goes to Monte Creek Ranch winery’s innovative, non-vintage Haskap Berry Wine. The Japanese name for the Ainu people of northern Japan, haskap berry is also known as Edible Blue Honeysuckle. Read more

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Discovered at Vernon’s Raising Spirits wine expo in February, The Bunk House Dry-Hopped Cider helps bridge the flavour niche between beer and cider. Blond, slightly effervescent and medium dry, the unique brew from Left Field Cider Co., an artisanal, Read more

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Hester Creek 2016 Old Vines Trebbiano Block 16 is made from 49-year-old vines grown directly in front of the winery on the Golden Mile Bench. It took an eccentric Italian immigrant by the name of Joe Busnardo to challenge conventional wisdom and plan Read more

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When the results of the 2017 BC Best of Varietal Wine Awards (winefestivals.com) were announced in Penticton in May, the usual grape varieties and wine styles took centre stage.  Take Merlot, for example, one of the classic Bordeaux varieties and a s Read more

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Seeking out unusual and unique wines brought me to Pentâge Winery above Skaha Lake in Okanagan Falls, where one of the oldest winemaking processes is employed to produce an Appassimento-style red wine; a 2013 Reserve Cabernet Franc. Read more

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La Frenz Winery on the Naramata Bench is home to a Liqueur Muscat, a fortified wine made in a luscious, sweet, richly flavoured style of the fortified Muscats of the Rutherglen region of northeast Victoria in Australia. Read more

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