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

The Okanagan is seeing an influx of high-profile wine critics. Two weeks ago, Allen Meadows, publisher of, tasted through a flight of fifty-four BC Pinot Noirs. The CedarCreek Estate Winery 2012 Block 4 Platinum Pinot Noir captured his top score, but he praised many others, including the wines from JoieFarm and Road 13.

Next up, the legendary UK wine writer, Steven Spurrier, who organized the 1976 Judgement of Paris, is stopping by in August for the BC Pinot Noir Celebration.

Check out Wine Enthusiast's picks for The Best New World Cab Blends to Buy Right Now. There are a few familiar faces from the Okanagan, including Laughing Stock's Portfolio, and Painted Rock's Red Icon.

In The Globe and Mail, Beppi Crosariol responds to a wine drinker who forgot a case of Sauv Blanc in his or her cellar for eight years. What's next for the browned juice?

Celebrate Tantalus Vineyards' 10th anniversary with a lavish dinner at Hawksworth in Vancouver.

I was recently blown away when I watched someone use the Delectable app to take a photo of an esoteric wine label and, almost immediately, detailed information on the wine popped up. Wine apps are getting better and better; in the Business Insider, Peter Spande reviews the best of them.

James Murphy of LCD Sound System is opening a wine bar in Brooklyn called the Four Horsemen! In the New York Times, the musician talks about his upcoming spot and his wine epiphany with a bottle from Frank Cornelissen.

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Jake Skakun is a writer and sommelier from Vancouver, currently living in Toronto. He can be found most days pulling corks and twisting caps at the Black Hoof. He Tweets and Instagrams @jakeskakun.

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