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

At his Vancouver-based Just Grapes blog, Shea Coulson pulls back the curtain to reveal how much wine prices have gone up since the provincial government overhauled liquor policy AND SAID PRICES WOULDN’T GO UP!

Will 2015 be the vintage of the century for British Columbian wine? Well, it’s the hottest one, yet. We’ll see what that means in due time….

…although at WineAlign, DJ Kearney provides her two cents on things…

…and then puts on her Vancouver magazine 'DRINK' editor hat to hail Spierhead Winery’s Pinot Gris as her wine of the week. You can grab the brand new vintage right here on our site!

Over at the Vancouver Sun, Anthony Gismondi pays a visit to My Wine Canada partner winery Upper Bench Estate Winery & Creamery as part of their Winegrowers Video Series. We totally need to start a My Cheese Canada website, riiight?

It’s not over yet, we promise! Gurvinder Bhatia of the Edmonton Journal says there’s plenty of time to still enjoy summer wine.

At the Winnipeg Free Press, My Wine Canada’s Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson hits Winnipeg’s popular Folklorama festival and gets his drink on. Hooray for cool dads!

If you’re stuck at home all summer, The Globe & Mail’s Beppi Crosariol offers you a wine-soaked staycation. That’s totally the best kind.

Is it ever ok to serve wine on the rocks? Is that blasphemy? Well, Christopher Waters of 24hrs, you’ve got some ‘splainin to do!

Finally, the Montreal Gazette’s Bill Zacharkiw offers up his three favourite places in the wine world. Meanwhile I just need one: the couch with glass in hand.


Kurtis Kolt is a Vancouver-based wine consultant, writer, competition judge and enthusiast. Track him down at, or on Twitter and Instagram @KurtisKolt.