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Across the South Thompson River from the aptly named Lion’s Head Bench sits a winery with distinctive (or perhaps dubious) origins. It’s not so much the roots of Kamloops-based Monte Creek Ranch Winery that raise an eyebrow or two, but the link the l more

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If you own a winery and want to throw a big party with lots of great food onsite, the answer may come in the form of a local food truck. 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. 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 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 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. 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. more

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Penticton city council is giving its support to the idea of a boutique hotel in a vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barbara Holler, owners of Poplar Grove Winery, are hoping to build a 20-room, four-storey hotel on a piece of land more

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Sandhill Wines announced the appointment of Sandy Leier as lead winemaker, effective June 14. A graduate of UBC Okanagan, Leier has been a winemaker for over 12 years, most recently for Calona Vineyards and Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Wines. more

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Mission Hill Family Estate transitioning to certified organic. more

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Water shortages, especially when it comes to agriculture, are a growing concern. Municipalities are cracking down on water usage and waste water issues. Growers need to manage their water better than ever before to ensure compliance with environmenta more

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Monte Creek Ranch

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BC’s wine industry is growing, in more ways than one, as the BC Government announced in April that four new regions are being recognized for the production of VQA wines. The four new regions will be officially recognized later this year in celebratio more

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If Mission Hill is the Okanagan’s grand cathedral of wine, then Anthony Von Mandl’s newest creation, Martin’s Lane Winery, is a temple dedicated to Pinot Noir and Riesling. more

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Santa Rosa Fire

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When the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus coined the phrase “The only thing that is constant is change,” he probably wasn’t thinking about global warming. 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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Steve Griessel, owner of the Betz Family Winery in Washington State, is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or run multiple businesses over his career, including two public companies. more

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Grapes

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered how grapes breathe… and the negative impact on wine when they are ‘short of breath’. 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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Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. (AWC) has acquired Laughing Stock Vineyards (LFNG), a family-owned, premium boutique winery, founded in 2003 by David and Cynthia Enns. LFNG is located on the Naramata Bench and their flagship wine, Portfolio, is considered more

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Smoke on the water.

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We always look forward to our annual survey of winemakers and grape growers. It’s a chance for us to hear directly from our readers about what’s happening in the industry. But this year we were a little nervous about what we’d hear. more

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