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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.

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  • October Wine Club Feature: BC Wine Studio

    To usher in the Fall season, we have worked with a delightful boutique winery in the Okanagan Valley to select a tantalizing and autumnal array of wines for our special wine club members this month.  BC Wine Studio is the brainchild of winemaker Mark Simpson, and is located in Okanagan Falls, BC. Wine Club packages this month will feature a sumptuous Viognier, an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend, a nod to Bordeaux-style blends called Harmonious, and a Syrah that will really impress you - among others! Sign up by Sunday, Oct. 15 at midnight to secure your package. BC Wine Studio produces their wine in very small quantities, so they will sell out! Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks! Moraine Estate Winery

    After honing her skills in her native New Zealand, Moraine Estate Winery's winemaker Jacqueline Kemp (‘Jacq’ to those around her) had worked vintages in Western Australia and a little place in France called ‘Burgundy,’ before eventually settling in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. While working with various wineries, she was raising her young boys in her Naramata home, and had always kept an eye on what looked to be an ideal vineyard property down Naramata Road, perched just above Lake Okanagan.

    When area newcomers Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov eventually purchased the property, even though it wasn’t Kemp signing on the dotted line, serendipity struck and she took the role of winemaker, enjoying the opportunity to get her hands in the soil after all.

    The hot days and cool evenings treat the grapes well, preserving their natural acidity, while the clay soils built from glacial deposit lend fresh minerality and provide solid structure for the wines.

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  • Wine Club Feature: Diamond Estates Winery

    Diamond Estates Winery is an umbrella company for many different brands including Lakeview Cellars & EastDell Estates. Contracts with 25 different growers allows them to produce lines of wine where each brand has a unique focus. Located on the highly regarded Niagara escarpment, the sites benefit from the lake's influence. Lakeview Cellars was originally founded by Eddy Gurinska and his wife Lorraine in 1991 and then purchased by Diamond Estates Winery in 2005.

    Winemakers Scott McGregor and Tom Green craft wine in one of the largest wineries in Ontario. Sustainability is part of Diamond Estates' philosophy. Steps such as using solar panels and insulated tanks have been taken to save energy, and water usage is also carefully controlled.

    This month, Diamond Estates Winery is proud to be the featured winery for our lucky wine club members. Check out which wines you'll receive this month and subscribe by April 13! Continue reading

  • 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 Holiday Wine Gifts

    Hectic is the word on the street right now! You need to leave a Christmas party early because you have a second one to go to on the same night. At the office, the bottles start to pop up at noon while everyone is trying to empty their inbox before the holidays. And what about those gifts you haven’t bought yet? Yes, this frantic time of the year can cause a lot of stress. Do yourself a favour and save a trip to the liquor store. Waiting in the huge line-up will only take time away from something else you could be doing. At My Wine Canada, you can buy online and the bottles will be directly delivered to your door. With picks from East to West, I have the perfect selection to get through the holidays. My gift to you. Merry Merry! Continue reading

  • Top Wine Picks from Kacaba Vineyards

    As the mercury drops, my thoughts always turn to full-bodied red wines that bring big flavours and loads of character — I love ya, Beaujolais Nouveau, but now that November’s over your time is up! Niagara’s Kacaba Vineyards make some terrific whites (as well as a very smart bubbly), but when I need something to warm my soul it’s their red wines I turn to.

    If you’re not familiar with Kacaba at all, you’re in luck — they’re currently featured as part of My Wine Canada’s Free Shipping Series. This week only get free shipping on any six or more bottles of wine from Kacaba — the discount will be applied at checkout. Mix and match between these ripping reds, or delve into a couple of their wonderful whites as well… it’s all up to you. Act now and Kacaba’s wines will arrive in time to enjoy with family and friends over the holidays. Continue reading

  • Pair It Up! Thornhaven Wines With Pasta Recipes

    There's something about fall that gives me a serious craving for pasta. Hearty, savoury flavours; squashes, mushrooms, braises and ragus, all mixed in with perfectly cooked noodles. This week (and my pasta craving) coincides with My Wine Canada's free shipping offer on 12 or more bottles, or 50% off shipping on 6 bottles from Thornhaven Estates Winery, the Summerland winery with a stunning view above Okanagan Lake. Thornhaven's wines have been among my go-to Okanagan value picks for over a decade. This is a perfect time to dig up some pasta recipes and find a few great pairings to send right to your door. Continue reading

  • Diamond Estates Wines With Autumn Food Pairings

    As the weather cools off and it becomes comfortable to cook again, The Guardian has compiled their 20 best autumn recipes. You'll find dishes from celebrity chefs including Nigella Lawson, Fergus Henderson, Rick Stein, and Nigel Slater. This week has also aligned with a free shipping offer from Diamond Estates (which includes Niagara wineries Lakeview Cellars, Seasons Wines, and Dan Aykroyd Wines) when you order 6 or more bottles in any combination. I've picked recipes that I'm most excited to cook this fall and suggested some wine pairings from Diamond Estates. Continue reading

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