The Friday Files: News & Notes From Canada's Wine Scene

The Ottawa Citizen’s Rod Phillips talks the general philosophy of appellation designation in a more global context. 

Up at Whistler’s Pique Magazine, Anthony Gismondi calls the B.C. government’s strategy to restrict grocery store sales to local wine “foolish”…

…foolish is one thing, but California wine producers are saying it’s downright illegal.

I’m not the most science-y guy, but this Something Something Yeast Pinot Noir Yeast Something” article looks kinda cool.

It’s one of my absolute favourite grape varieties, but why does Beppi Crosariol of The Globe & Mail think Chenin Blanc is the Christian Bale of grapes? Click here to find out. (Spoiler Alert: The grape ain’t Batman.) has released their list of ‘Wineries to Watch in 2015’ including My Wine Canada pals Okanagan Crush Pad from British Columbia and Ontario’s Oxley Estate Winery.

The popular Munchies video series produced by Vice Magazine takes an icewine tour of Niagara.

After a deluge of snow and wintery weather in the Okanagan Valley, Cynthia Enns of Laughing Stock Vineyards found herself doing her winter pruning wearing a t-shirt… in January!

Hey, just because there’s snow on the ground, doesn’t mean you can’t do a little Nova Scotian wine touring.

While we’re hangin’ out on the East Coast, the Chronicle Herald’s Moira Peters is digging the cold weather and the Nova Scotian Icewine that results from it.


Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. He’s not half as fancy/boring as that sounds. He Tweets and Instagrams @KurtisKolt

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