Canadian Wine blog

Writing on Canadian Wine by the MWC team Kurtis Kolt (BC), Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson (MB) Jake Skakun (ON), Michelle Bouffard (QB) and various national guest contributors.

Kurtis Kolt

  • Free Shipping From the McWatters Collection

    At last week’s Vancouver International Wine Festival, among the Italian, Spanish, American and other global wine offerings, 26 British Columbian wineries poured their latest releases. As I perused the aisles both day and night over the three consecutive days the International Festival Tasting room was in full swing, I couldn’t help but notice the proprietor of one of our newest partners, Time Estate Winery, standing at his table cheerily pouring samples, shaking hands and greeting people. In can be exhausting pouring at these events, this one in particular has you on your feet in that tasting room for over 18 hours over those three days. Nonetheless, the proprietor was enthusiastic to share the story of his wines coming from the South Okanagan’s Black Sage bench. After all, many would argue that he was the guy who put that part of our wine country on the map.  You see, this proprietor is no industry rookie. Nope, his name—Harry McWatters—is legend around these parts, for more than a few reasons. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Stag's Hollow Winery

    It was in 2003 when I managed a now-shuttered, sorely-missed restaurant on Vancouver’s East Side called Aurora Bistro. Chef and owner Jeff Van Geest had recently hung up his sous-chef apron at Kitsilano’s long-acclaimed Bishop’s restaurant to open the place, wholly-focused on local produce, seafood, meat, the whole nine yards. The mandate I was tasked with at the restaurant, was to run a wine program consisting solely of British Columbian wine. Now, that was a rarity; in fact, we were the first place in Vancouver to do such a thing. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Oxley Estate Winery

    Located in Harrow in Ontario’s Lake Erie North Shore region, Oxley Estate Winery’s a relative new kid on the block. In April 2010, they purchased what was then a vegetable farm, and began converting the crops to vines.

    But in the short time that proprietors Murray Wilson and Ann Neydon Wilson and their team have been up and running, they’ve managed to convert their property into a quaint, picturesque spot to visit, and have made a pretty big splash considering the modest 38 acres with which they work. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks: New Favourites

    I was just taking a gander at what’s new here at My Wine Canada, and can’t believe that in the short time we’ve been around, we’re now featuring wines from over 75 Canadian wineries from coast to coast! As I’m based in British Columbia, there are a good group of them that I’m quite excited about finally being able to share with the rest of the country. For this week’s Top Wine Picks, I thought I’d pass along some personal favourites from some of the newer kids on this block. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: C.C. Jentsch Cellars

    “Never heard of ‘em.”

    It’s a familiar refrain to the mention of various new wineries that have popped up across the Canadian landscape over the last few years. Sure, it can be tough to keep up with every single winery that has set up shop; here in British Columbia we’re up and over 250 of them. It’s amazing though, the difference that a handful of big awards can make. Once those ringing endorsements come chiming in, many who might have been initially dismissive of a newer winery suddenly perk up and take notice. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Seasonal Feasting

    It happens to the best of us. When it comes to the holiday season, regardless of noble intentions - we end up avoiding our regular gym or yoga sessions, we promise ourselves we’ll resume the running regimen in the New Year, and any sense of monitoring our calories and nutrition go out the window. Yup, ‘tis the season of joyful feasting, and rather than castigating ourselves for slacking on our regular routine, I prefer to ensure we have perfect pairings to match our indulgences. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! SpierHead's Pinot Noirs

    I’m not gonna lie. As a guy who writes about wine as part of his profession, it’s pretty cool to receive semi-regular deliveries of wine to my doorstep. I’m certainly not looking for sympathy when I say this, but I’ll say it anyways:

    A lot of the wine I receive samples of is, well, not very good.

    While those “not very good” wines come and go without my spending any ink or pixels on them, there are those wines received that barely hit the table before I bust open the box and pull a cork or two. In saying this, I received some samples from British Columbia’s SpierHead Winery the other day and, knowing my personal experience with, and their reputation for, producing incredibly well-crafted Pinot Noir, I tore into the package with gusto. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Clos du Soleil

    Next up in My Wine Canada’s Wine of the Month Club is British Columbia’s Clos du Soleil winery, nestled in the Similkameen Valley. If you choose the ‘Wine Expert’ package, you’ll get three of their wines delivered to your door and, among other perks, custom wine notes on the wines you’re receiving from one of the website’s writers – in this case, from me! Continue reading

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