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

I’m actually writing this post at the airport in New York, about to fly back home to Vancouver. Why was I here? Well, I had a pretty bucket-list experience this trip, sharing British Columbia wines with trade, media and consumers at the legendary James Beard House!

Seems like smaller, craft wineries in Ontario aren’t too stoked about the provincial government dragging their feet on allowing wine sales in grocery stores.

Yup, every province has their own way of doing things; Metro News refreshes us on the lay of the land.

Up the mountain at Whistler’s Pique, Anthony Gismondi covers British Columbia’s Golden Mile Bench, the province’s first sub-appellation.

At The Winnipeg Free Press, My Wine Canada’s very own Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson pays tribute to the late, great Jurgen Gothe.

Do family-owned wineries make better wines than corporately-owned ones? The Globe & Mail’s Beppi Crosariol ponders the question.

I’ve had similar thoughts about Vancouver. Now Toronto’s Sarah Parniak assembles a wish list of bar concepts she’d like to see in her city. A gin bar or Sherry bodega? Count me in!!

What’s the deal with the Geisenheim grape variety? Pop over to this page at Halifax’s Chronicle Herald and you’ll get your answer!

Finally, I have a Hot Deal Alert for you! The Okanagan Valley’s Perseus Winery is offering FREE SHIPPING right here at My Wine Canada when you order 6 bottles or more with the purchase of their newly-released Pinot Noir Rosé! We were just in the Okanagan last week and admired its plummy charm. It could be a long, hot summer - so do load up!


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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