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

It's the middle of harvest for many Canadian vintners. So how's the weather looking? In the Okanagan, Ann Sperling predicts a balanced crop. In Nova Scotia, growers expect a small crop of high quality grapes.

Is the Cowichan Valley the Burgundy of BC wine regions? Andy Johnston from Averill Creek thinks so, and he can make the Pinot to back it up.

In the Vancouver Sun, Linda Bates looks into Okanagan wine trends and sees an emphasis on being Upscale and down to Earth. Also, check out the recipes from a few of the Okanagan's top chefs including Jeff Van Geest.

In Western Living, Neal McLennan makes a case for drinking Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Syrah with lamb burgers, which sounds about perfect.

The Globe and Mail features Donald Triggs' boutique winery Culmina. Plus, the story of how he went from the CEO of Vincor to running a 4000-case upstart.

Can Nova Scotia produce good red wine? The Chronicle Herald offers some picks for the defense.


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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