The Friday Files: News & Notes from Canada’s Wine Scene

In Vancouver at The Province, wine guy James Nevison is in the mood for love with his Valentine’s Day wine picks, pondering that “Perhaps a rich red would make [Cupid’s] bow and arrow quiver.”

Tim Pawsey, Vancouver’s Hired Belly, heads to Sun Peaks Resort for some winter wine & food adventures and ends up frustrated with British Columbian liquor laws. That’s generally how most of us roll around here…

Western Living Magazine has announced their finalists for Western Canadian Foodies of the Year, and everyone at My Wine Canada is stoked that winemakers Matt Dumayne of Haywire & Tyler Harlton of TH Wines received nods. Well done, gents!

Speaking of My Wine Canada, in honour of Valentine’s Day you can get $2 off each bottle of 13th Street Winery’s Cuvée Rosé ordered between now and the end of February. Why, right here on the Wine Blog, Michelle Bouffard was just noting this week it has, “Nice creamy texture and tons of character [and] a slightly tannic structure with bursting aromas of strawberries. It is a great aperitif and a delicious match with smoked salmon.”

The Tweet of the week for me came from Wine Country Ontario's Magdalena Kaiser, who gave us the heads up that Tawse Winery has made the cover of Decanter magazine!

Over at the Ottawa Citizen, Rod Phillips speaks of somewhereness, the terroir influence various global wines have in the glass, giving props to Flat Rock Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir. Not in Ontario, but want to give it a try? I’ll give you one guess where you can purchase it!

Looks like the crew at L'Acadie Vineyards were having a fun time at the Nova Scotia Icewine Festival last weekend. The best part is there’s still one weekend to go! If you’re around, you should dive in!

Happy weekend!


Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. Track him down at, or on Twitter and Instagram @KurtisKolt.

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