The Friday Files: News & Notes from Canada's Wine Scene shares the details on Monte Creek Ranch, the latest winery in the fledgling Kamloops cool-climate sub-region of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Niagara This Week hones in on the technology that’s making appassimento-method wines (think Amarone) doable in Ontario.

In the Ottawa Citizen, Rod Phillips judges a book by its cover. Well, he actually judges a wine by its label, but you know what I’m gettin’ at here.

It may be a few weeks until New Year’s Eve, but Bill Zacharkiw of the Montreal Gazette is already poppin’ the Champagne! (Seriously, how is it almost New Year’s already?!?)

We toiled and tasted hundreds and hundreds of wines over a three-day period in October, and – FINALLY – the results of Vancouver Magazine’s 11th Annual Wine Awards have been released! I honestly think we should also release a Top 5 of the many delicious, refreshing ales we consumed after each day of judging. There’s nothing better after a whole day of wine tasting than a delicious, refreshing ale.

In Nova Scotia’s Chronicle Herald, Moira Peters gives you the goods on wines to have kickin’ around for holiday get-togethers.

In the Georgia Straight, I do the same while adding a few craft beers to the mix. Hot on the heels of that, some gift-giving ideas for the wine-lover on your list.

In Western Living Magazine, Neal McLennan tucks into a little brunch and wants to wash it down with a little bubbly. We all do, right? I love that he added in Bella’s Sparkling Gamay. Oh hey, look! It happens to be available right here at My Wine Canada!

Finally, Stuart Pigott, the global guru of Riesling, recently popped up to Ontario wine country and waxed poetic on his website.


Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. He’s not half as fancy/boring as that sounds. He Tweets and Instagrams @KurtisKolt.

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