Michael Botner

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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. more

Jun 9, 2016 9:53 AM Publishers 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 Magazine

In the closing days of 2016, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan completed the acquisition of Constellation Brands’ Canadian wine business for $1.03 billion (CDN). more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM News

Taking over from winemaking veteran Dave Carson at See Ya Later Ranch, he aims to follow in Dave’s footsteps and make high quality, fruit forward wines. more

Feb 7, 2017 1:46 PM Wineries

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan found their head winemaker right within its own ranks. No stranger to the organization, Dave Carson has been the senior winemaker of Constellation Brands West since 2007 and head of winemaking at See Ya Later Ranch since 2003. more

Feb 7, 2017 1:43 PM Wineries

France is also the country of origin for Culmina’s new winemaker, Jean-Marc Enixon. A recent arrival to the South Okanagan, he worked briefly at Osoyoos Larose, but soon found the ideal fit as Culmina’s vineyard manager and winemaker. more

Feb 7, 2017 1:40 PM Wineries

Pascal Madevon

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If not heaven, the Okanagan is the surely the next best place for Pascal Madevon. The Bordeaux-trained winemaker’s impressive credentials include making top notch Okanagan wines since moving to the Okanagan from France in 2001. more

Feb 7, 2017 1:37 PM Wineries

Asked about his goal as winemaker of Little Engine Wines, Scott Robinson answers pointedly,“My winemaking style shows in the wines. The wines should speak for themselves. That is always my motto.” more

Feb 7, 2017 12:00 AM Wineries

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 Articles

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 Articles


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 Articles

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


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


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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 Articles

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