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

I spent most of June travelling, and when I got back to regular office mode in July, a bunch of wine samples had piled up. I know, I know - I don’t expect anyone to shed tears. ANYWAY… I gathered a bunch of colleagues to help me taste through ‘em for my Georgia Straight column, asking each to choose their favourite and give me a couple words on it.
One of them, Laughing Stock Vineyards’ Blind Trust White, is available right here at My Wine Canada!

Niagara College’s wine program is cultivating ancient Georgian grape varieties in Ontario, which is SO GEEKY AND COOL!

The Okanagan Valley’s CedarCreek Estate Winery’s winemaker, Darryl Brooker, is moving to Mission Hill Family Estate, and many have been wondering who will take his place. Looks like we don’t have to wonder any more

The Calgary Herald has a story about wine aged in whisky barrels. Now that I think about it, I’m kind of surprised I haven’t heard of someone trying this before.

Intervin, one of the biggest Canadian wine competitions, is now accepting entries!


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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