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BC WINE – Are We There Yet?

Posted by John Clerides on 1st May 2018

I get asked this all the time, "are BC wines as good as those from other parts of the world?"We never know how good we really are until we compare ourselves to others or retell stories around the dinner table or soccer field.Today, many of the people who shape the wine world were born well after this decidedly Canadian story.In the fall of 1972, there was an eight game hockey series called The Summit Series; Canada's best versus the best of the Soviets. The Cold War was in full swing, communicat
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The specialness of handmade things

Posted by John Clerides on 27th Apr 2018

I don’t want what everybody has, I love things that are hand build, have a story a real human behind them. Google Magnus Walker, watch this Youtube video. Or a Singer Porsche. Owning a wine shop is the perfect venue for me, I get to showcase people and families who have great story to tell, one bottle at a time. I am also a realist and we need to also have wine in the shop that people recognize - I get it. Maybe, just maybe I recommend a wine that is so cool that this
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​Who and what inspires you?

Posted by John Clerides on 27th Apr 2018

Is it a great song, is a great piece of art, is it a breathtaking Mountain View, is it a great bottle of wine that speaks of place and tells a story?Inspiration comes, or for me hits you in many forms. I had just finished eating breakfast at The Dutch Pancake House and I was paying my bill.Mellencamp song came on the radio, I was tapping my foot lip syncing the words a gentleman sitting at the table in front of the cash out desk asked me if I play a musical instrument? I said so long ago it d
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Back to Greece

Posted by John Clerides on 27th Apr 2018

I have been told the older you get, the more you go back to your roots, even if you were born in Canada. My parents immigrated to Canada, my mum in 1948 (story is great but I will leave it for another post), and my dad from Cyprus.They tried hard, and did, to assimilate to the Canadian way of life, they always told me about their roots, their life and their times. An honest man's pillow is his peace of mind - Mellencamp Minutes to Memories.I always avoided selling Greek wines, after all the cou
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