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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 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 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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, more

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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

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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. 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 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. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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