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

A record number of 19 new Masters of Wine was announced earlier this week, and two of them are from Canadian wineries! A big congratulations goes to Eugene Mlynczyk, the strategic account manager at Constellation Brands, and Marcus Ansems, who owns Daydreamer Wines in the Okanagan Valley, BC, which is also one of My Wine Canada's partner wineries. This is a great achievement!

Oysters are back in season! Now the question is, which varietal of wine do you drink with them? Luckily, you don’t need to break the bank with an expensive Champagne. Bill Zacharkiw from the Montreal Gazette shares his love for the French indigenous grape Picpoul. The perfect match for these delicious morsels!

Recently on the My Wine Canada blog, I wrote an article about Cellaring On a Budget. Véronique Rivest does the same this week in La Presse, and shares her favourite international go-to wines.

La fête des vendanges continues this weekend in Magog, QC. Set in the beautiful idyllic Eastern township region in Québec, it is the perfect weekend getaway. Take a peek at the list of events and producers attending.

Jean Aubry talks about private importation in Québec in Le Devoir. More and more restaurants are now offering an all inclusive service!

Kurtis Kolt of My Wine Canada recently attended 'The Judgment of BC,' led by wine merchant, Stephen Spurrier, and shares his experience in The Georgia Straight. He also had the privilege of sitting down with Spurrier and introducing him to a dozen of local sparkling wines. What was Stephen’s impression? Check it out!

Allison Spurrell owns one of the best cheese stores in Canada: Les Amis du Fromage. When she travels to France, there is one cheese that she always look for - Saint-Marcelin. See why in her article on Anthony Gismondi on Wine, "Saint-Marcelin."


Michelle Bouffard is a wine educator and journalist who splits her time between Montréal & Vancouver. She co-owns the Vancouver-based company ‘house wine’ and is the president of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. She Tweets @michellebwine and Instagrams @michellebouffard.