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

Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean wine country getaways can’t still happen. offer their top 10 Canadian regions to visit in the fall.

Over at Vancouver magazine, recent My Wine Canada guest contributor DJ Kearney has an armload of Thanksgiving wine recommendations including Thornhaven’s Gewurztraminer, available right here on the site.

Oh, man! Toronto Life sure makes the Drake hotel’s country cousin, Drake Devonshire in Prince Edward County, seem like the kinda place I could put my feet up for a while.

Quench Magazine wants you to drink Riesling this Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, I recommend Riesling for any day that ends in ‘y’.

In La Belle Province at La Presse, Ariane Krol does a study of five Montreal wine bars. I should mention that my French is totally rusty, so this could be an article about getting over the hiccups.

Le Vieux Pin’s tasting room concierge Wade Martin tells you why their Ava white Rhône-style blend deserves a spot at your holiday table. We’d have to agree; it’s a My Wine Canada favourite for good reason.

Congratulations go to the Okanagan Valley’s Painted Rock Estate Winery for being named InterVin’s 2014/2015 Winery of the Year!

The Calgary Herald reports on British Columbian wine’s increasing popularity in the Alberta market. This is probably a good thing, since in the time it took me to type that sentence—three more BC wineries have opened for business.

enRoute Magazine’s Amy Rosen hopped in the truck with Tyler Harlton of TH Wines so he could show her around his favourite Okanagan spots. Oh, and his wines are available at My Wine Canada, too!

Finally, it looks like Nova Scotia’s Luckett Vineyards have been enjoying quite the bright and sunny harvest this year. How delicious do those grapes look?


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.