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

First off, a hearty welcome to Vancouver Island’s Unsworth Vineyards, brand new to My Wine Canada and a winery I’ve been a fan of since my first sip of their juice. Check out Michelle Bouffard’s profile of them here.

Pretty ground-breaking stuff, British Columbia approves the Golden Mile Bench as its first officially-recognised sub-appellation.

In my neck of the woods, The Georgia Straight shines a spotlight on the Okanagan Valley’s Naramata Bench, including stories on My Wine Canada partners Elephant Island Orchard Wines and Upper Bench Winery, plus I give my take as to why the region’s become so successful.

Over at The Globe & Mail, Beppi Crosariol heads to the Old World to grab some wines for Easter and Passover.

At the Canadian edition of The Huffington Post, Heather Wall also grabs some bottles for Easter.

Over on the East Coast at the Chronicle Herald, Moira Peters steps into the ring to join the age-old battle of cork versus screwcap.

Looks like Montreal is hosting an all-you-can-drink wine festival. Too good to be true?

New York’s Village Voice gives a little love to the “bright and crisp” wines of British Columbia!

Not all’s rosy here in B.C., though. takes a look at our province’s absolutely ridiculous and shameful new liquor policy.

This tour of UBC’s wine research centre library has me yearning to go back to school! OK, it doesn’t really – but it looks pretty cool nonetheless!

Finally, I’m totally looking forward to binge-watching the new Chef’s Table documentary series that comes to Netflix (and Netflix Canada) on April 26th!


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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