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Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.

Bench 1775 Winery

  • Holiday Wine Cocktails

    Those holiday bells are just beginning to ring, and among an upswing in merriment and cheer, we’re finding ourselves increasingly likely to imbibe all things delicious. Yes, this often includes enjoyable pours from our favourite Canadian wineries, but when cocktails are in order, that doesn’t mean we necessarily have to cast aside our grape-oriented brethren.

    Wine can be a key component of many an excellent cocktail, so if you’re looking to do a little stirring or shaking this holiday season, here are a few favourites. Continue reading

  • The Free Wine Shipping Series is Back

    Last summer, we ran a Free Wine Shipping Flash Series where every week a different winery from across Canada provided free shipping on any orders of 6 bottles or more. It was so well received that we're doing it again…and continuing it right through to December!

    Every Monday, check our homepage banner to see which producer is featured. Then you've got one week to buy your favourite products from that winery or distillery (mixed packs are always encouraged) and get free shipping. By midnight on Sunday, the deal will be gone.

    When you sign up for our newsletter, you will always get a hint the week before about which producer will be the next featured free shipper (you can sign up at the bottom of any page on this site). A word of wisdom, when your favourite producers are featured take advantage of the free shipping deal and stock up because once a producer's week is up, you won't see them come around again. Continue reading

  • Wine Club Spotlight: Bench 1775 Winery

    With a winery, location is everything. The location of Bench 1775 Winery on the Naramata bench is so good that when they named their winery, they simply used the property’s street number — 1775 Naramata Road — as their name. There are few spots as picturesque in the Okanagan Valley as Bench 1775’s spot on the Naramata Bench. And hey, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also an ideal spot for growing grapes. Can’t make it to the winery? No worries — you can enjoy Bench 1775’s wines in the comfort of your own home (just close your eyes and pretend you’re on the Naramata Bench) as part of My Wine Canada’s wine club. Bench 1775’s wines are featured this month, so sign up and get some delivered today. You'll also receive my tasting notes and pairing suggestions in your package. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! BENCH 1775 Wines + Free Shipping

    I’m filing this post from sunny Barolo in Northern Italy, where I’ve been immersed in the Collisioni Festival. A dish I’ve always had a soft spot for at home that hails from this region is a simple plating of cheese ravioli with butter and sage. It’s at once rich and decadent, yet simple and elegant – the richness of the cheese and creamy, buttery angle is lifted by the herbal freshness of fresh sage.

    While here in Barolo the dish pairs well along side wines made from area grape varieties like Nebbiolo or Arneis, I couldn’t help but think many homegrown British Columbia wines would easily suit as a pairing.

    Looking on the site here at My Wine Canada, you may have noticed that Naramata’s BENCH 1775 Winery is offering an awesome deal of free shipping if you order a minimum of six wines from ‘em, and you can mix and match your selections, too! Well, let’s take advantage of the opportunity with my recommendation of a handful of their wines that’d jive well with this pasta. Continue reading

  • Free Wine Shipping Series

    Do you want free wine shipping every week for the summer? Do you want expert-vetted, can't-find-it-in-liquor-stores wine to magically appear at your cottage while you're lounging on the dock? We hear you!

    For July, August, and September, we'll provide FREE SHIPPING on 6 bottles or more from a different Canadian winery each week. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! A Little Love for Pinot Gris

    Let’s talk British Columbian Pinot Gris, because apparently we don’t do that enough. (Allow me to geek out on some stats to illustrate why.)

    If you were to look at the most recent B.C. Grape Acreage Report which provides a snapshot of all B.C. vineyards as of 2014, you’d note that Pinot Gris is in Continue reading

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