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John talks natural wines with DJ

Posted by John C on 24th Nov 2022

With me here today is DJ Kearny, one of the great wine educators in North America, and we are lucky that she lives in Vancouver, and I am even luckier I get to call her a friend. When I asked her is we could do a little video on natural, organic, and bio- dynamic wines she said yes.I just got back from the Raw Wine Fair in Montreal, and of course to see a Habs game. This is the second time I have attended a RAW Wine Fair. The first one was in Los Angeles some 5 odd years ago, and now this one in
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John tastes Greek Retsina with Yoirgos Manolas of Kechris winery

Posted by John C on 24th Nov 2022

Its hard to know where to start – Greece is crafting some of the most compelling wines in the wine world. Why, 200 indigenous grape varieties, great terroir coastal to hillside. Historically a lack of industrialized farming, a well educated, young and dynamic group of individuals whose love for their country and desire to show the world what Greece can cart is highlighted in every glass. I had the absolute honour of meeting and talking with Yoirgos Manolas, export director, for Kechris winery an
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A Case for Rosé - ANY Day

Posted by Samantha D on 20th May 2022

The weather lately has been... less than ideal. The idea of picking up a bottle of Rosé might seem a little early in the minds of many. However, I would like to plead the case that The Pink Juice is the perfect wine any day of the year. (“Objection: hearsay!”)I present to the jury my evidence:Exhibit A: More often than not, Rosés are going to be made dry -- crisp, juicy, refreshing, and DRY. There is still a common misconception that Rosé is going to be sweet. If you’re old enough to remember Ar
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Hitting Home: The Future of B.C. Wine in the Face of Global Crises

Posted by Samantha D on 4th Apr 2022

British Columbia is one of the youngest wine regions in the world, only having been selling commercially since the early 1990’s. Back then there were less than 20 licensed wineries and just over 1000 acres of vines planted. Fast forward to today: B.C. has 9 Geographical Indications (and 5 sub-GI's), over 300 licensed wineries and more than 10,500 acres planted - including over 900 vineyard plots. Each region has its own unique terroir and climate that extends from as far North as the Thompson Va
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​Rhymes with Orange: The Buzz on Natural, Etcetera

Posted by Samantha D on 29th Mar 2022

Natural and Organic wines are being increasingly sought after. Many consumers have claimed that they feel better (health and global sustainability reasons alike) for choosing these wines over “non-organic” or “non vegan” options. However, as with many marketing buzz words, these terms get thrown around a lot and it can cause the consumer to have to maneuver through a lot of grey - well, orange - area. So, what is the difference between natural, orange, organic and biodynamic? IS there a dif
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