Journal

April 13, 2017

BC Wines for Easter Weekend

  It’s that time again; Easter Holidays are upon us.  The weather is finally beginning to take a positive turn towards something resembling spring.  Wine tours in Kelowna are picking up for the season.  Flowers are starting to pop, and everything is lush and green.  You’re...

April 4, 2017

Spring in the Okanagan Vineyard

  Let’s just get this outta the way –Winter 2016/2017 in the Okanagan was a doozy. We ‘suffered’ through colder than average temperatures, more snow days, and higher heating bills. On the upside: this winter saw fewer gray days than normal, with plenty of sunshine to...

Beautiful autumn vineyard view with misty lake
September 29, 2016

Top Okanagan Wine Festival Fall Events

  Hundreds of BC wines are waiting to be poured into your glass. Fresh, local ingredients have been skillfully prepared by the Okanagan’s top chefs. This is your chance to mingle with winemakers and winery proprietors. It’s time for the fall Okanagan Wine Festival! Wineries are busy harvesting...

Okanagan wine tour through the vineyard
September 15, 2016

Okanagan Wine Touring Tips

  It’s the weekend and you’re ready for an Okanagan wine tour! Visiting Okanagan wine country is about cruising past perfectly pruned rows of grapevines while taking in breathtaking views of gorgeous lakes, framed by the rolling mountains that make up the valley. It’s about catching up with...

September 1, 2016

What Makes the Okanagan’s Climate Unique?

Okanagan Wines vs The World People often ask me how our wines stack up against international wines. What do I tell them? I feel like the best examples of Okanagan and Similkameen wines can go toe-to-toe with any region in the world at their respective price...

Harvested BC grapes, ready to be pressed.
August 4, 2016

How Winemakers Create Endless Styles of Wine

From the time grapes are picked to the time the wine is bottled, each winemaker makes roughly 200 different decisions. Each of these can have a small or profound effect on the finished wine. That means there are as many styles of wine as people who...

Yellow flowers growing between the RIesling vInes at Tantalus Vineyards.
July 21, 2016

Guide to BC Riesling

Riesling to the Rescue I woke up in a thick fog. It was a bright, sunny morning in Squamish, BC, but I was paying for the night before in a bad way. That’s what happens when a group of eight chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers get together...

The view of Quails' Gate's vineyard in West Kelowna.
July 7, 2016

Your Okanagan Wine Guide

The stunning view of Quails' Gate's vineyard and Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna. Maybe it was that third glass of Chenin Blanc talking...

Experience Okanagan Wine Tours-Sommelier
May 25, 2016

Matt Wins Iron Sommelier Competition

Ok…so I waited way too long to post about this! Life has been busy, especially with summer into full swing and a little boy (Cooper) that’s turning one next week (yikes!). Back in May I was asked to compete in Iron Sommelier Okanagan, an event...