vinAmité Cellars finds its way in British Columbia wine industry


Ray and Wendy Coulombe purchased a 5-acre vineyard near Oliver, British Columbia, in 2009, and their vinAmité Cellars wines are winning gold medals in U.S. competitions. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — It seemed natural for Ray and Betty Coulombe to take over a vineyard in…

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Canadian wine industry toasts vintner Harry McWatters


The Vancouver International Wine Festival presented Harry McWatters, president/CEO of Encore Vineyards in Penticton, British Columbia, with its Spirited Industry Professional Award on Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo by Voth Photography/Courtesy of Town Hall Brands) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival took time Friday toward the…

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Paterson takes Tantalus Vineyards to another level


Tanatalus Vineyards winemaker David Paterson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but he grew up in New Zealand and returned to Canada after graduating from Lincoln University with a background in viticulture and enology. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) KELOWNA, British Columbia – Many people say that good wine…

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Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery turns science into art


Walter Gehringer is the winemaking brother at Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in Oliver, British Columbia. (Photo by Abra Bennett/Great Northwest Wine) OLIVER, British Columbia — If you’re science-minded, iconoclastic and love good wine, then Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley should be a destination. On the one…

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BC wine industry mourns Wild Goose founder Adolf Kruger


Adolf “Fritz” Kruger, founder/co-owner of award-winning Wild Goose Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, died Sunday at the age of 85. He was a founding director of the BC Wine Institute and spearheaded the effort to establish farmgate wineries throughout the province. (Photo courtesy of the Kruger family) OKANAGAN FALLS,…

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SpierHead Winery uses Pinot Noir to win British Columbia Wine Awards


SpierHead Winery’s estate vineyard overlooks Okanagan Lake and Kelowna. The SpierHead 2014 Pinot Noir Cuvee received the Premier’s Award as the top wine from the British Columbia Wine Awards. (Photo courtesy of SpierHead Winery) PENTICTON, British Columbia – SpierHead Winery, a young winery in Kelowna headed by Montreal native Bill…

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Judges nominations grow for Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition


Chris Horn, wine director for Seattle-based Heavy Restaurant Group; Naomi Boutz, manager/wine director of The Cellar at 317 Sherman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Dave Smith, wine buyer for Everything Wine in Vancouver, British Columbia, judge at 2015 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in…

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Deep Roots Winery 2014 Syrah wins All Canadian Wine Championships


Deep Roots Winery on the Naramata Bench in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley earned the Red Wine of the Year award at this year’s All Canadian Wine Championships for its 2014 Syrah. (Photo courtesy of Bev Carnahan/All Canadian Wine Championships) PICTON, Ontario – Deep Roots Winery on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench…

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St. Hubertus Riesling tops Best of Varietal for British Columbia wine


Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus Estate Winery and Oak Bay in Kelowna, British Columbia, served in the Swiss army before joining his brother in 1990 and launching their winery. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PENTICTON, British Columbia – Andy Gebert, winemaker and co-owner of St. Hubertus…

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