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.


  • 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

  • Valentine's Day Deals

    We've got lots to celebrate today! There's the big win for the Broncos in the Super Bowl last night. Plus today marks the start of Chinese Lunar New Year - Gong Hey Fat Choy and cheers to the Year of the Monkey! And in case we somehow forgot amidst the sea of heart-shaped commerce, Valentine's Day is this weekend. What better way is there to celebrate all these occasions than with wine deals? Here's what we've got for you, friends! Continue reading

  • Free Shipping! Summerhill Pyramid Winery

    For nearly 30 years the Cipes family have been at the forefront of the organic winemaking movement in the Okanagan Valley with Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Long before receiving organic certification in 2007, their Kelowna winery had been the hub of some of the area’s most forward-thinking grape-growing and winemaking, which has shown in their wines.

    There are aspects to Summerhill’s operations that one simply doesn’t find in any other B.C. winery. First and foremost, of course, is the winery’s pyramid, in which many of their wines are aged and where it’s said they benefit from the energy of the pyramid. It’s a quiet place where visitors (and they get many) are encouraged to disconnect from the wired world, take a moment and reflect – to connect with themselves in a way the hustle and bustle of the world sometimes doesn’t allow. Continue reading

  • Merry Christmas from MWC!

    In honour of Christmas, we wanted to share some MWC team poetry with you. 'Team poetry,' of course, means creative writing from members of the MWC team, hopefully with a rhythmic lilt, and always with the request for forgiveness ;-) So, with that, I say Merry Christmas to you from the MWC team as expressed in artful limericks, haiku, and more! Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Marynissen Estates Winery

    In a country with a young viticultural history compared to most other members of the 'New World', it's worth celebrating the growers and wineries that have found the recipe for longevity and have managed to stay relevant. Marynissen Estates Winery is one name in Niagara that has had a reputation of quality for decades. John and Adrianna Marynissen planted vinifera vines in 1975 when all other growers were still focusing on hybrids. Their Cabernet Sauvignon block from 1978 is the oldest in the country. The site where the Marynissens planted and eventually built a winery was in an area of the Niagara Peninsula that would later become the Four Mile Creek VQA appellation. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Getting Cozy For Fall

    There is no doubt that I drink all colours year round.  Whites quench my thirst, rosés bring some sunshine to my day and reds always manage to bring a sense of comfort. But inevitably, seasons do affect what I tend to reach for. As the days get cooler and the amount of daylight reduces, full-bodied reds are what I tend to crave. I call it my vitamin D of wine. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Spooky Wines for Halloween

    Okay, I’m not much for pairing wine with anything Halloween. I’m also not super keen on trying to match wine with your favourite Halloween candy, and I certainly am not going to try and match a wine to your Halloween costume. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! The Awesomeness of ‘I Am A Food Blog’

    I was actually doing some online banking recently when I started to think about what to make for dinner. I popped over to Stephanie Le’s i am a food blog and, yet again, got wonderfully lost poking around her stories, recipes and (incredible, incredible) photos for over a half hour. As a warning, if you haven’t been to her website, the same thing will most likely happen to you. Continue reading

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