Michael Botner

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. more

Oct 2, 2017 4:20 PM Magazine

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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

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

Oct 2, 2017 9:27 AM Articles

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. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

In less than a decade, little known Grüner Veltliner has gained a foothold in British Columbia with plantings on Vancouver Island and in the South Okanagan. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

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, more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

When the results of the 2017 BC Best of Varietal Wine Awards ( 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 more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

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. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

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. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

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 more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Innovations

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

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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