Michael Botner

Wine, Craft Beer & Spirits Arrive at Farmers’ Markets

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

Michael Clark, winemaker and director of winery and vineyard operations at Clos du Soleil.

Photo by Michael Botner

Comings and Goings – in the Similkameen Valley

Quiet, rural, off-the beaten-track, the Similkameen Valley is a refuge from the crowds that descend on the Okanagan’s wineries every summer. more »

Apr 10, 2015 2:09 PM Wine

New Zealand School of Wine Dinner

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How To Make Your Wines Stand Out in a Crowd

Conventional wisdom holds that dry wine is preferable to sweeter types. Order sweet and light white wine with red meat at a restaurant and you risk snickers at the table and scorn from the sommelier. more »

Feb 10, 2015 12:00 AM Wine 2 Comments


The BC Wine Industry - Comings & Goings 2014

New hires, new wineries, trending topics and transitions for BC Wine 2014. more »

Dec 12, 2014 12:00 AM Wine

Rick Bonitati, president, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.

Michael Botner

Canadian Wine Industry Awards Held in Kelowna

On a blistering hot July evening, 150 industry and political guests turned out for the inaugural Canadian Wine Industry Dinner & Awards Presentation under a tent at CedarCreek Estate Winery. more »

Oct 1, 2014 1:28 PM Wine

The Resurgence of Hops Farming

The Boom in Craft Brewing is Driving Demand for Hops more »

Jul 10, 2014 12:08 PM Features

Chris Wyse and Nora Grütters, Canada’s Trade Commissioner for Agriculture and Seafood Products in Düsseldorf

Michael Botner

Canada Carves Out Presence at Prowein 2014

Canada needs to invest more heavily in marketing wines abroad, says the president of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. more »

Jun 10, 2014 3:24 PM Wine

Sandra Oldfield (left) lays out the new legal landscape for liquor.

Michael Botner

Reforming Liquor Law in B.C.

Big changes are coming for BC Liquor Laws; perhaps the biggest changes since prohibition was repealed in 1921. more »

Apr 9, 2014 11:49 AM Wine

Fruit Wineries A Sweet Business

For a number of dedicated fruit growers in British Columbia, making wine from fruit is not only a labour of love; it also makes good business sense. more »

Feb 12, 2014 11:58 AM Fruit

A 2013 Wine Industry Timeline

2013 Year in Review. Looking back at the year reveals a mixed bag of events, announcements and approvals that point to positive progress for most stakeholders in the B.C. wine industry. more »

Dec 4, 2013 12:06 PM Wine

Dale Klippenstein

Mt. Lehman Winery - The Fraser Valley Challenge

For Vern Siemens, co-owner of Mt. Lehman Winery, growing grapes and making wine are labours of love. Both came naturally to Siemens who “grew up in a construction- and farm-based family.” more »

Sep 25, 2013 4:49 PM Wine

Bloggers Help Promote the Industry

Bloggers and would-be bloggers turned out in force for the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton held in June. While the conference was aimed at bloggers already immersed in the industry, the conference revealed a lot of important information. more »

Jul 21, 2013 4:46 PM Wine

FreshTAP Grabs Market Niche in Vancouver

Vancouver Urban Winery introduced the new approach to selling wine by the glass to B.C. – wine in kegs and available on tap, draft beer-style. more »

Jun 3, 2013 2:58 PM Wine

Executive director of the B.C. Wine Institute Miles Prodan says non-VQA wine sales are currently growing faster than VQA.

Michael Botner

B.C. Wine Law still Riddled with Complication

If the 2013 Wine Law in B.C. conference is any indication, organizers will have to consider increasing it from one day to two, and adding more space for participants. more »

Apr 8, 2013 3:13 PM Wine 1 Comments

Foiling The Perils Of Online Marketing

The State of California has introduced tougher enforcement measures in reaction to three-years of problems involving the sale of alcoholic beverages through Groupon-type promotions and other third-party internet marketing services. more »

Dec 14, 2012 1:09 PM Wine

Don Triggs at work on the vines for the expected 2013 launch of the Culmina Family Estate Winery.

Michael Botner

Wine Report


Dec 11, 2012 3:23 PM Wine

Swiss Forester Grows Winery In B.C. Alps

Michael Botner

Larch Hills Winery

Dawn of a New Appellation. Swiss Forester Grows Winery In B.C. Alps. Standing under the tall cedars and Douglas firs outside Larch Hills Winery, the setting is both charming and elevating. more »

Oct 19, 2012 1:12 PM Wine

At Joiefarm it's all about the Wine

Their goal has always been to make wine to the exacting standards of two professional chef/sommeliers. more »

Oct 16, 2012 3:33 PM Wine

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Michael Botner

Le Vieux Pin

Offers a distinctly southern perspective - Southern France that is... more »

Oct 16, 2012 3:22 PM Wine

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