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

From The Financial Post, comes an in-depth and enlightening article about the growth of foreign investment in Okanagan wineries. It's definitely worth the read: The new face of B.C. wine: Why Chinese buyers are pouring into the Okanagan’s vineyards.

In an earlier Friday News Round-Up, we mentioned an all-Canadian wine store in Tokyo. Well, Jamie Paquin's "Heavenly Wines" continues to get buzz selling only Canadian wines. The store stocks wine from more than 30 top Canadian producers, including some MWC partners like Tawse, Laughing Stock, JoieFarm, Le Vieux Pin, Painted Rock, Creekside Estate and Flat Rock Cellars.

For the third Asian connection this week, The Drinks Business reports that recognition for Canadian wine is growing in Hong Kong: Canadian wines the ‘last frontier’ for HK.

Wine school! The Globe and Mail's, Beppi Crosariol pitches the delicious, and lesser-known wines of Bierzo and in The Montreal Gazette, Bill Zacharkiw highlights Barbera.

Looking for a fun event in Whistler for Cornucopia? This Sunday, MWC's own Kurtis Kolt and Master of Wine Rhys Pender, lead off a blind tasting battle of British Columbian versus Australian wines. Up North & Down Under. It should be a blast.

I was jealous to see a flurry of Twitter and Instagram posts from CAPS BC's first Best Sommelier in BC competition on Monday night. The prize went to the very deserving Jason Yamasaki from Chambar.

I appreciate this server's audacity to suggest a $3750 bottle of wine when some guy asks what's good off the list, but really?? Shady Waitress Dupes Fool Into Buying $3,750 Bottle of Wine.


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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