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.

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  • Get Free Shipping on these Top Wine Picks from Le Vieux Pin and La Stella Wineries

    Old World wineries and wine-producing regions have long influenced those growing grapes and making wine on this side of the pond and throughout the New World. Without the incredible winemaking history in Bordeaux, Rioja, Burgundy, Tuscany, the Rheingau and the like, what would our viticultural history look like? More importantly, how would the wines taste? La Stella and Le Vieux Pin are two B.C. wineries who continue to do a great job paying homage to long-cherished Old World regions with the juice that ends up in their bottles, albeit with a New World flair that harnesses their unique terroir and combines long-established and newer winemaking techniques. And they're both offering free shipping on 6 or more bottles this week only - mix and match to your heart's delight, perhaps it's three bottles from La Stella and three from LVP! Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Upper Bench Wines & Barbecue

    I love this point in the summer, when farmer’s markets are right at that sweet spot with an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, and it seems like there’s more selection than ever. One thing we’ve been gorging ourselves on as of late around our house are fresh B.C. blueberries.

    Now, there’s a bit of a caveat with this.

    My wife owns a PR and communications company, and one of her clients is the B.C. Blueberry Council. One of the perks of her having this client, besides the wealth of blueberries we always have around, is that she works with them on recipe development. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Daydreamer Wines

    I never would have thought that I’d be championing a wine and food pairing post that incorporated the word “nacho.”

    Now, don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a good plate of nachos as much as the next guy, and any nacho-flavoured snack is certainly welcome in my home. Generally, though, the nacho realm is viewed as being pretty lowbrow, and not really something one associates with the world of wine.

    In saying that, I’m indeed sharing a nacho recipe in this post, and not only is it delicious and (Yup!) healthy on its own, but it’s actually fairly wine-savvy, too! Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Tinhorn Creek

    Tinhorn Creek Vineyards proprietor Sandra Oldfield and her team have long been blazing a trail in the movement pushing wine made in B.C. — heck, in Canada, for that matter — forward. For nearly two decades this winery —located in the Okanagan Valley on the Golden Mile Bench —has been a driving force in upping their already-killer wines, while managing to keep their products both affordable and consumer-friendly.

    Having tried these wines alongside other top B.C. producers in a blind-tasting context, I’ve certainly noticed a remarkable quality-to-price ratio throughout Tinhorn Creek’s wines. They’ve long been making one of the valley’s most consistent Merlots, their Gewürztraminer is one of the area’s standard-bearers, and their work on most other single varieties and blends is equally as impressive.

    Get in on My Wine Canada’s wine club and get these wines delivered to your door sooner rather than later. Sunday is the last day to subscribe to receive Tinhorn Creek's vino! Sign your Dad up this week for this month's offering - you can get up to $10 off your membership! Continue reading

  • Get $10 Off Dad's Wine Club Membership

    Looking for an awesome wine gift for Dad? We sent our May wine club shipment to two bloggers extraordinaire and asked them to describe their unboxing experiences. Check out what Merry and Lindsay thought about the gifting experience from receiving wine to their doorstep to opening it and celebrating with their partners.

    If only you could get a discount on your Father's Day wine package…oh wait, you can! Our premium 2-bottle wine club package and 3-bottle wine club package are now on special. And just to rack up the bonuses, the award-winning Tinhorn Creek will be the featured winery in June! Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Black Widow Wines

    I recently waxed on around here about picnics, so let’s keep enjoying the great outdoors. Besides exceptionally longer days, things are looking sunnier and hotter, so I thought for this post that I’d pick out a few al-fresco-friendly recipes and toddle on over to British Columbia’s Black Widow Winery in Naramata to pour a little something to go with ‘em.

    Recipe #1: Tandoori Chicken. Over at Fine Cooking, Leona Dalavai shares her Dad’s recipe for Tandoori Chicken that’s doable on the backyard grill. While the marinade has some pleasant, cooling yogurt and lime components, you still have a good smattering of heat and spice from other elements like onion, garlic, ginger and chili powder.

    The Wine: 2015 Schönburger. Let’s add a little exotic, cooling flare with Black Widow’s 2015 Schönburger. The rare variety is a Germanic crossing of Pinot Noir with another crossing of Chasselas and Muscat Hamburg. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Eggplant and Country Ham Ragù

    I was reading through Bon Appétit Magazine's 2015 edition of America's Best Restaurants and checking out recipes from their list of the ten rising stars in the US culinary landscape. They've chosen some incredible-looking restaurants like the Korean joint Parachute in Chicago, with their oh-so photogenic Steak-and-Eggs Bibimbap, or the clean, bright space in San Francisco's Mission District called AL's Place, where chef Aaron London has been wowing diners since the doors opened.

    One spot that really caught my eye is in small town North Carolina where Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Hillside Winery

    Hillside Winery may be new as a My Wine Canada partner winery, but they’re certainly no spring chicken when it comes to producing great-quality whites and reds in the Okanagan Valley.

    Winemaker Kathy Malone and her team have been producing top-shelf wines on the Naramata bench for years, taking advantage of the southwest-facing vineyards and the area’s glacial soils to Continue reading

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