One of the hottest spots for wineries right now — in terms of popularity, not actual heat — is the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley. Wineries in the area continue to thrive both commercially and critically, pulling in all kinds of awards and great scores from critics and wine industry types. And as Naramata wineries go, none offer the quality-to-price ratio as consistently as Perseus winery - host of this week's free shipping special. Continue reading
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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.
I’m filing this post from sunny Barolo in Northern Italy, where I’ve been immersed in the Collisioni Festival. A dish I’ve always had a soft spot for at home that hails from this region is a simple plating of cheese ravioli with butter and sage. It’s at once rich and decadent, yet simple and elegant – the richness of the cheese and creamy, buttery angle is lifted by the herbal freshness of fresh sage.
While here in Barolo the dish pairs well along side wines made from area grape varieties like Nebbiolo or Arneis, I couldn’t help but think many homegrown British Columbia wines would easily suit as a pairing.
Looking on the site here at My Wine Canada, you may have noticed that Naramata’s BENCH 1775 Winery is offering an awesome deal of free shipping if you order a minimum of six wines from ‘em, and you can mix and match your selections, too! Well, let’s take advantage of the opportunity with my recommendation of a handful of their wines that’d jive well with this pasta. Continue reading
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
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
Located in Summerland, Dirty Laundry Vineyard is a family-run winery that has been combining well-made wines with fun, saucy labels that strip the pretense from the wine-tasting experience and focus on fun without sacrificing quality.
Under the leadership of winemaker Mason Spinks, Dirty Laundry’s wines have come to embrace the place in which they are made. The winery has come to be known for aromatic whites such as Gewürztraminer as well as naughty-themed blends such as Dangerous Liaison, Secret Affair and Bordello. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
In honour of Dirty Laundry's free shipping deal that's on right now, here are some top wine picks to help guide your order. These wines take the summer season into mind, focusing on lighter, fresher wines that are as fun on the patio as they are with your favourite summer meals. Continue reading
As quality-to-price ratio goes, there are few B.C. wineries that can keep pace with Perseus Winery. The Naramata, B.C. winery continues to produce killer whites and reds — and the occasional rosé — that showcase the different vineyards from which they originate in both the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.
From West Kelowna in the north to Osoyoos in the south, Perseus sources from 17 different vineyards throughout the Okanagan Valley and beyond, including their own estate vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Each vineyard reflects the diverse climate and soil found in B.C. wine country, and Perseus takes care to craft each of their wines with terroir in mind — and wine lovers never have to break the bank to try them.
Here are a few choice picks from Perseus to try… Continue reading
I first met Steve Dale, the proprietor and winemaker of West Kelowna, BC’s Rollingdale Winery over ten years ago when I was managing Aurora Bistro in Vancouver. Chef Jeff Van Geest, now ably running the show at Miradoro in the South Okanagan, opened the restaurant as an homage to all things British Columbian; food, wine and craft beer. B.C. wine being good was still a relatively new thing to people, and while we had more than a handful of skeptics through the doors in those days, there were some who were enthusiastic for any opportunity to discover more and more of the ever-improving wines our province was offering. Continue reading
Just yesterday, I had a chance to sit with Rasoul Salehi, managing partner and director of sales and marketing for British Columbian sister wineries Le Vieux Pin and LaStella. I’ve long been a fan of both, but I’ve found that I’ve gravitated to the French-inspired wines of Le Vieux Pin more often lately, inadvertently giving the Italian-inspired wines of LaStella the cold shoulder.
When I asked him to refresh me on the philosophy behind LaStella Winery, he first talked to the whites. “We’re encouraged by the Northern Italian whites of Trentino-Alto Adige, wines that respected producers like Continue reading