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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.

Moon Curser Vineyards

  • Top Wine Picks: Moon Curser Vineyards

    Down in the desert country of Osoyoos, at the very southern end of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the mercury has been hovering around the zero-degree mark for a while now, but that shouldn’t last much longer. Soon enough, buds will burst on the area’s grapevines, and as vineyards bloom under the sun, those temperatures will climb into the thirties and forties. It’s as we get into vintage when the region’s desert classification becomes a lot more obvious. Not only is it ‘hot enough for ya’ more often than not, but while toddling around the area’s landscape, cacti and rattlesnakes aren’t exactly uncommon sights.

    It is here where the Okanagan Valley excels at ripening the grapes for rich red and white wines, while sandy soils with pockets of clay, limestone and granite add distinct minerality and the cool nights allow natural acidity to be preserved.

    These conditions make it possible for quite the variety of, er, varieties to be grown, and when it comes to Osoyoos wineries, this writer can’t think of anyone taking advantage of this scenario as much Beata and Chris Tolley, the owners of Moon Curser Vineyards.

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  • Top Wine Picks for the New Year

    How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?

    Even though we’re already a couple weeks into January, I’m going to recommend you add one more resolution for the year. Let 2017 be the year when you get out of any wine rut you may find yourself in. If you’re getting tired of having the same old Chardonnay or Merlot week after week, head outside of that comfort zone to try new varieties, or wine from a region that may be new to you. Here, a quintet of off-the-beaten path gems that you can order right here at My Wine Canada, and they’ll be on your doorstep in no time.

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  • The Free Wine Shipping Series is Back

    Last summer, we ran a Free Wine Shipping Flash Series where every week a different winery from across Canada provided free shipping on any orders of 6 bottles or more. It was so well received that we're doing it again…and continuing it right through to December!

    Every Monday, check our homepage banner to see which producer is featured. Then you've got one week to buy your favourite products from that winery or distillery (mixed packs are always encouraged) and get free shipping. By midnight on Sunday, the deal will be gone.

    When you sign up for our newsletter, you will always get a hint the week before about which producer will be the next featured free shipper (you can sign up at the bottom of any page on this site). A word of wisdom, when your favourite producers are featured take advantage of the free shipping deal and stock up because once a producer's week is up, you won't see them come around again. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Holiday Smorgasbord

    We all get inundated with pairings for classic dishes like ham and turkey every time a holiday rolls around and it starts to feel a little stale. That's why I liked Kurtis' post last week—he takes on the common party fare. I've been tasked with the final Pair It Up before the holidays and I also wanted to have a little fun with it. I've decided to lay out a smorgasbord of the kinds of dishes you're likely to encounter on dinner tables over the next few weeks and find a wine or two that should pair nicely. 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! Family Recipes

    I love this new article in Western Living Magazine: My Dad’s Spaghetti: Family Recipes from the West’s Best Chefs. It features family recipes from some of BC and Alberta's best chefs including: Daniel Costa, Brad Holmes, Angus An, Jonathan Chovancek, and Matt Batey. I thought I'd attempt a quick wine suggestion for each—a sort of speed dating for sommeliers. Continue reading

  • Canadian Winery Spotlight: Moon Curser Vineyards

    The Drive west into Osoyoos down the switchbacks of the Crowsnest Highway is a mystifying experience. At first you notice the stunning northerly view up the Okanagan Valley, and then you realize that you've landed in desert terrain that isn't quite like anywhere else in the country. Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Moon Curser Vineyards

    I won’t go into great detail about Moon Curser Vineyards in general – for that, you can tune in to the blog again tomorrow for Jake’s Canadian Winery Spotlight on the Osoyoos winery.

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