MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Little Farm Winery Chardonnay 2013 – Similkameen In A Glass

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by Treve Ring | Boutique is almost too big to describe Little Farm, a family owned and operated winery in the striking Similkameen Valley. Unmarked by road signage, down a quiet road off the Crowsnest Highway in Cawston, you’ll come across four acres of organic vineyards, abutted by steep, rocky slopes and marked by the sole mulberry tree in the middle of the riesling block. A child’s chalkboard sign signals when their hand-built winery/tasting room/storage facility is open, a structure recently constructed next to their century-old farmhouse.

Rhys Pender MW works the estate vineyard while his wife Alishan Driediger makes the wines. They do everything themselves — sustainably, small-scale, without compromise but with minimal manipulation and intervention. Their first vintage in 2011 was more than some large wineries spill in a harvest – just 56 cases. The quantity has fluctuated with each vintage since, but the quality remains paramount. They produce only three wines: Riesling, Rosé, and this characterful, singular Chardonnay.

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The wine opens with an intriguing wild herb and stone, earthy lees and floral thistles. A textured mid-palate hints to the low yields, whole cluster press and partial wild ferment that Alishan utilized, while the slicing, savoury minerality communicates the chalky, mineral-rich soils. Pressed apple, lees, hazelnuts and citrus unite through the lingering finish. Only 68 cases of the 2013 Chardonnay were produced, so scoop it if you spy it so you can glean a sense of their Similkameen. I asked Driediger to share its Message In A Bottle

Little Farm Winery Chardonnay 2013 | Similkameen Valley, BC | $30 +841783

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I love Chardonnay! In all its incarnations. And we’ve been really interested in Chards that come from soils that are chalky and calcium carbonate-rich because we also have a high amount of calcium carbonate in our soils. I think it’s really interesting to taste the minerality in Chards from places like Chablis and Limarí, Chile. We wanted to make a Chard that shows the mineral influence of our soil and the unique terroir of the Similkameen Valley, so our winemaking is very minimal and light-handed.

Where are the grapes from? The grapes are from our 5 acre property in Cawston. We have 2 acres of Chardonnay and 2 acres of Riesling. We’re growing organically and trying to encourage lots of biodiversity in it. It’s a happy, healthy, sunny place – full of birds, insects, indigenous plants and windflowers.

Your ideal pairing with this wine would be…? Freshly shucked oysters! Or a delicious rotisserie chicken from our friend’s farm, stuffed with lemons, and really crispy skin…

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? We share a lot of meals and good wine with John and Virginia from Orofino and we love their wines. In particular, I really enjoy their Chardonnay and Home Vineyard Riesling. I think you can really taste the Similkameen in them. It’s really interesting to taste some distinct flavour similarities from our shared terroir!

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? I kind of default to Chardonnay, Riesling and Rosé when I go wine shopping. I love them and it’s interesting to see what’s going on with these wines internationally and where we fit in the scheme of things. And I also love fizzy water. We got a Soda Stream a couple of years ago and I’m always drinking fizzy water with lots of lemon in it.

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GOODS | “Hester Creek Estate Winery” To Host 3rd Annual Garlic Festival On Oct. 4th

September 16, 2014 

Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8 in Oliver, BC | 250-498-4435 | hestercreek.com

Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8 in Oliver, BC | 250-498-4435 | hestercreek.com

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Oliver, BC | Get to know garlic all over again at the third annual Garlic Festival, to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 4pm at Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver.

A member of the onion family, there are hundreds of varieties of garlic used widely around the globe for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Find out all about it when local growers share their aromatic wares at Hester Creek’s Garlic Fest. Held in conjunction with the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the festival features samples and sales of garlic and other local products; wine and food pairings from Hester Creek and Terrafina Restaurant; live, local entertainment; and much more.

Admission is by donation to the Farm to Table Lunch Program at nearby Oliver elementary school. Twice a week between October and May, students are treated to lunch made with ingredients from local farms, including plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables. “It’s a terrific program, one that we’re very proud to support,” says Mark Sheridan, General Manager of Hester Creek Estate Winery. “It promotes the use of ingredients from our local producers as well as healthy eating. It also helps raise awareness in the next generation of Okanagan Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8, in Oliver, B.C. Visit Hestercreek.com for more information about the winery, about dining at Terrafina at Hester Creek and about the Third Annual Garlic Festival. Read more

GOODS | Cedarcreek Releases Fall & Winter Portfolio Wines, Readies For “Starry Plates”

September 16, 2014 

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CedarCreek Estate Winery is located at 5445 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna, BC | 778-738-1020 | cedarcreek.bc.ca

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Kelowna, BC | Join us under the starlit Okanagan sky on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm to enjoy a tasting menu paired with our ‘Vineyard Designate’ wines. Wines that truly reflect the very soil they come from. Pairing menu is created by our Chef Jeremy Tucker who follows our Farm to Table philosophy of serving local, seasonal ingredients at their freshest. This will be a rare experience you will cherish, on that you have our word. Tickets are $75 plus tax. To purchase yours and get more information, please contact Heather Courtney at 778.738.1022 or hcourtney [at] cedarcreek.bc.ca.

A few vintages ago, we began a shift toward block-designation in our Platinum wines. We felt our vines had arrived at an age where they could really tell the story of our land. And what a story they’re telling. The difference between our Block 2 and Block 4 Pinot Noirs, made identically from grapes grown only meters apart, is so striking we had to go into the vineyard and dig ten-foot trenches to see what was down there. And you can too if you drop by our website and watch the video. It’s pretty interesting stuff. On that, you have our word. Read more

WELCOME | Similkameen’s “Clos Du Soleil” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

September 5, 2014 

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We’ve invited the Similkameen Valley’s Clos du Soleil to join the Wine & Spirits section of our GOODS program as a recommended local winery. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.

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GOODS | “LaStella Winery” Set To Release New Vintage Of Their Celebrated ‘La Sophia’

September 5, 2014 

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

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Osoyoos, BC | If there is a LaStella wine with a style evocative of another region, it’s their La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon, which reflects Cabernets made in Washington State rather than the plusher and fatter examples that come out of Napa Valley. With glowing past reviews from esteemed wine writers such as David Lawrason, the winery expects to sell out of this vintage quickly. La Stella will release the wine in October to their wine society members first, before it is available to the public. However, all pre-release orders are now being accepted at sales [at] lastella.ca… Read more

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Getting To The Bottom Of “Liquidity Wines” Viognier 2013

September 5, 2014 

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by Treve Ring | Location, location, location. Liquidity Winery is flawlessly nested up in Okanagan Falls, sharing a ‘hood with Blue Mountain, Synchromesh and Meyer Family Wines, among others. Here on this picture-perfect peak between lakes Vaseux and Skaha is some of the finest terroir in the Okanagan Valley, offering ideal temperatures for cool (climate) kids pinot noir, chardonnay, gamay, and…viognier?

Liquidity Wines Viognier 2013 | Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, BC | $24

This viognier, absolutely. Though the aristocratic (if hedonistic) white grape of the Northern Rhone is fashionable, it’s tricky to manage in the vineyard, expressing its perfumed height only when yields are low. That didn’t stop winemaker Matt Holmes from giving it his all and treating the regal grape with all the attention she craves and deserves. The 2013 vintage is much more reined in and tighter than the exuberant and expressive 2012, gaining quiet confidence. Gobs of just-picked, sun-warmed apricot here, with a lovely bitter herb and wild thyme note. The full and creamy, lanolin-like palate rests in great balance with the key lime acidity and spiced finish. 80% wild ferment introduces a herbal intrigue, and 20% barrel ferment lends a well-worn suppleness to the whole. Only 465 cases – not that you needed another excuse to drive up to Okanagan Falls…

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I was inspired by stories from around the world describing skin contact white fermentations – part of the natural wine movement or a return to Georgian wine practices in many cases. Our viogniers from 2012 and 2013 are only about 10% skin fermented in the final blend, but I find it brings a more complete array of real fruit character: the taste of apricot skin, pulp and seed rather than just apricot juice, for example.

Where are the grapes from? We have 1.5 acres on site (planted in 2005 and 2008) and buy additional fruit from the excellent Blind Creek vineyard in the Similkameen Valley.

Your ideal pairing with these wines would be…? I think it’s a versatile food wine given the texture: creamy fall mushroom pasta, nut crusted fish, pulled pork or (shameless plug) anything from the Liquidity Bistro: the view is directly over the Viognier block, after all…

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? I can’t get enough of the OK Falls wines, but if I looked further afield I’d say Tightrope from Naramata, Eau Vivre from the Similkameen, and Stoneboat in Oliver have been on my dinner table pretty regularly this year.

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? My go to wine regions are Chablis and Barolo, with red Burgundy (when I can afford it), German Riesling and Sonoma Coast/Anderson Valley Pinot Noir not far behind. On a hot day I’ve also been known to have a beer!

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On Lookout For Pastry Chef (Maternity Leave)

Quail’s Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 & 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

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West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate’s Old Vines Restaurant offers an excellent venue to build or continue your career in the culinary arts. Open year-round, opportunities exist for advancement and gaining knowledge of pairing wines with the bounty of ingredients we are so fortunate to have in the Okanagan Valley. Our belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophy.

Our successful candidate will assume the position of Pastry Chef- maternity leave. This position is responsible for managing the Pastry station and supervising 1-2 Pastry Cooks. Pastry is responsible for production of all breads & pastry items, all plated desserts and special occasion items. Pastry Chef duties include but are not limited to line service, staff leadership and inspiration, inventory and ordering. Pastry Chef works amongst and in support of the ingredient inspired Culinary brigade.

Applicants must have successfully completed a formal culinary training program or have equivalent years experience in the industry. Applicants must have 2+ years’ experience in a similar leadership role, preferably in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment and demonstrate excellent line cooking skills. As business levels fluctuate throughout the year, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule.

If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more

AWESOME THING WE DRANK #678 | The Idiosyncratic Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 (Aus)

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by Treve Ring | In my line of work I get to drink taste a boatload of wines, many good, most average, a lot of plonk, and a slight few, awesome

Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 | Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia | $20 +559716

Still think all Aussie wines are cheap and cheerful? C’mon mate! It’s a new day and that thinking is as dated as foam on a plate. Australia is a place of outstanding regional diversity, wine history and talent, and if you’re not open to accepting that terroir is a renewed and serious focus, then I hereby sentence you to Yellow Tail, for life!

Tahbilk {ta-BILK} is one such winery with a lineage rivaling that of our own country. The winery and original vineyards were established in 1860, and purchased by the Purbrick family, the 4th generation of which oversees operations today. Tahbilk’s ties to the rare, French-born Marsanne grape stretches back to the 1860’s when the first grapes were ever recorded. Though those initial plantings are no longer around, the Estate still produces Marsanne from 1927 plantings – some of the oldest in the world. In fact, Tahbilk claims to have the largest, single holding of Marsanne anywhere (take that, France!). Tahbilk releases library vintages from time to time (yes, even the 1927), so if you ever see “Museum Release” on the label, just trust me and buy it.

This is an idiosyncratic wine that gains so much complexity with time that it’s boggling. While juicy and bright in its youth, your patience will be exponentially rewarded (5-20 years+). The 2010 is still a junior, opening with whiffs of lemon, white peach, light petrol, marmalade and wild herbs. A medium-bodied positively oily palate bears pear, honeysuckle, earth, lemon, thyme, and stony spice. Its well-knit rope of herbal earthiness and floral perfume, bright acid and stone fruit is capped by a lengthy finish. All this for $20 and I’m pretty cheerful.

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Clos Du Soleil

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DETAILS

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2568 Upper Bench Road | Keremeos, BC | V0X 1N4
Telephone (250)499-2831 | Email: wine@closdusoliel.ca
Web: www.closdusoleil.ca | Twitter | Facebook
Tasting Room Hours: 10am-5pm Every day except Tuesday (May through October)
Outside of these tasting hours, please call 250-808-7744 to book an appointment

GALLERY

The People Who Make It Happen

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Spencer Massie- Managing Director and Cellar Rat
Michael Clark- Managing Director and Winemaker
Ann Sperling- Winemaker and Viticulturist
Les Le Quelenec – Managing Director- Alberta

About Clos Du Soleil

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We are committed to making handcrafted, limited production wines in the heart of the Similkameen, which we have been doing since 2006. This starts in our organic and bio-dynamic vineyards in Keremeos,which showcase the unique terroir of the Similkameen Valley, where we grow only the famous varietals of Bordeaux, allowing us to create complex and structured New World wines infused with Old World spirit that are full of ageing potential.

The Wines

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The flagship White Label wines of the winery are our Signature red blend, Capella white blend and the Saturn dessert wine. The Signature, is a blend of all five varietals originally found in Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec.

This allows us to create a sophisticated and elegant Old World wine that also bursts with the concentrated fruit of the best of the New World. The Capella is blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion in the tradition of the finest Bordeaux Blanc. It is Clos du Soleil’s ultimate expression of Sauvignon Blanc, elegant yet rich, and made for ageing. Saturn is our homage to the dessert wine of Bordeaux, Sauternes. This wine is pure enjoyment notes of mandarin orange and crême brûlée on the nose, with flavours of vanilla and lime peel, with bright acidity that creates a wine that is hedonistic now, but will develop more complexity as it ages.

Our Black Label wines, Fumé Blanc, Rosé, and Célestiale, are high quality wines that are designed for every day enjoyment. The Fumé Blanc is made for oysters, our Rosé is summer in a bottle, and the Célestiale is a full bodied fruit driven perfect for the BBQ.

We also celebrate our growers who provide us vintage after vintage with world class fruit, with our Grower’s Series of wines, including our award winning Middle Bench Vineyards Pinot Blanc and Guild Vineyards Merlot.

Accolades

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Signature 2011 – Silver Medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
Saturn 2011 – Silver Medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2014
Capella 2011 – Best White Wine in BC, BC Wine Awards 2013
Rosé 2012 – Best Rosé in BC, Okanagan Spring Wine Festival 2013
Growers Series Pinot Blanc 2012 – Best Pinot Blanc in BC, Okanagan Spring Wine Festival 2013

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Testing Tantalus Vineyards’ Experimental “Riesling Lab” 2013

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by Treve Ring | Here’s how wine geeks think: “Lessee what would happen if I took all my grape pressings leftover from the entire Riesling vintage and squeezed them together really hard to capture all the juice and good bits and then fermented it entirely with wild yeast…”

Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Lab 2013 | Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC | $19

Kiwi-Canadian wine geek and Tantalus winemaker David Paterson isn’t afraid to push – or in this case press – the envelope of experimentation. With Riesling Lab, the atypical results have proven so consistently interesting that the winery decided to slap labels on the bottles and sell them. The first Lab experiment (2011 vintage, #1) was tiny – just a handful of cases were produced. 2012’s Lab #2 was more of a purpose-driven exercise, with production bumped up to 70 cases or so. And last year, proven in method, Paterson produced 155 cases of Lab #3, sold solely out of their East Kelowna tasting room (also to a very few restaurants in Vancouver).

The playfully nerdy label is a clear departure from the norm (an indication that this ain’t your typical Tantalus wine), but the #03 Lab Results: Riesling is nevertheless a firm handshake. Pink and orange flowers, ripe peach and pear, apricot pit and a broad, solid, textured palate, amped up further through fermentation in old chardonnay-use barrels. Not shy on sugar, acidity or alcohol, the trio striking a chord that sounds like more, please. Especially at the price ($19!). Intrigued, I put the following 5 questions to Paterson…

Straight up – why did you make this wine? I originally created this wine in 2011, which was a cold growing season. I felt that the Riesling (Our biggest sku) would need some weight in a cold year and I did not want to use manufactured products to do so. I pressed all the Riesling really hard after making my original cut and took the resulting phenolic brown juice and fermented it wild in barrels. I did this to naturally oxidize out the phenolics. When it came time to put the 2011 wines together this new piece of the puzzle just didn’t fit but was really interesting and textural on its own…. so we bottled it. Since then we have made it every year and has been a really successful little wine in our tasting room with the general public and also with wine geeks because it has that different

Where are the grapes from? All the wines made under the Tantalus label come from our own 75 acre estate in SE Kelowna.

Your ideal pairing with this wines would be…? This wine is very versatile to pair with but I would say that something with sweetness and a little heat from the huge world of Asian food would go down pretty well. A classic Alsatian bacon and caramelized onion tart would be mighty fine, too.

What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? When I’m not making wine, I’m golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter, so I’m drinking German and Burgundian wines.

Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Blue Mountain stripe label Pinot Noir or any of their vintage bubbly wines. They are always consistently excellent from vintage to vintage and their pricing has remained low compared to the demand for their product. They are the benchmark that the rest of the Okanagan should look too when deciding pricing and quality parameters.

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GOODS | “CedarCreek Estate Winery” Releases New Vintage Of Platinum Viognier

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CedarCreek Estate Winery is located at 5445 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna, BC | 778-738-1020 | cedarcreek.bc.ca

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Kelowna, BC | CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Platinum Viognier. Some of the 2013 Platinum Viognier was fermented and aged in a 660 litre concrete fermenter they call “The Egg.” Because concrete is porous, it acts like oak and allows the wine to breathe, which concentrates the flavours beautifully. Concrete is neutral and so imparts no flavour of its own, allowing the character of the fruit to shine. The result? 765 cases of honeysuckle and apricot-rich Viognier. Without “The Egg”, the Viognier wouldn’t be Platinum… Read more

GOODS | “Meyer Family Vineyards” To Lead Morning Hike & Host Brunch On August 23

Meyer Family Vineyards | 4287 McLean Creek Rd | Okanagan Falls | 250-497-8553 | meyerfamilyvineyards.com

The GOODS from Meyer Family Vineyards

Okanagan Falls | On August 23rd, proprietors JAK & Janice Meyer will lead a morning hike up Peach Cliff Bluff in beautiful Okanagan Falls. From the top of the Bluff, enjoy the views of Skaha Lake, Vaseaux Lake, Okanagan Falls. After the hike, come and relax amidst the vineyard in our garden area at our family owned McLean Creek Road Vineyard; sip on Sangria or one of our award-winning wines, and savour a delicious homemade brunch. Tickets are only $30 + gst, limited availability. For more information visit our website at www.MFVwines.com or call 250 497 8553. Learn more about Meyer Family Vineyards after the jump… Read more

DRINKER | On More BC Liquor Law Stupidity And French Wine Bars For The Terminally Ill

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by Treve Ring | CAMRA outlines the knee-jerk reaction that caused the BC Liberals to change minimum beer pricing not once, but twice, within a week. The result? Lower minimum price on pitchers of beer (from .25 cents an ounce to .20 cents an ounce – still Canada’s highest) but not pints. So basically it’s much more cost effective for you to down a pitcher of beer than a pint. Way to promote health and well-being BC Liberals! Not that anyone has any clue how much a pint is anyhoo.

If you really want to enjoy that beer, no matter the size, you had better be playing the right music.

A 22 year old Australian man was arrested after he was caught driving under the influence down the middle of a suburban street. The tip off? He was riding a motorised beer cooler. Full of beer.

Lest you think that all Aussies are riding beer coolers down the street, some are into serious business. Like the filmmakers who have successfully completed the world’s first documented shark cage wine tasting – Great White Wine with Great White Sharks.

Incentive for cleaning up that spilled wine in your car? A Warsaw military university has developed a laser beam that can detect alcohol vapours in a passing car, at levels as low as 0.1%. Just don’t drink and drive, or drive anyone who has drank. Or burp. Or spill.

Drink a beer, safe a life? Spanish scientists have developed a new biomaterial from waste discarded after beer brewing which can be used to regenerate human bones.

USA Today headline asks “Good Idea? Coffee-flavored Wine in a Can”. Intelligent humans everywhere answer “Hell no”

Dentists in Manhattan are offering free wine to patients to take the edge off before treatments. I’m wondering what dentists in Washington and Colorado will propose…

Sex is natural, so why not on the natural wine label? Punch Drink tells us.

Logical-not-so-logical warning: Do not buy booze from “an independent off-license at a discount price” in Britian, as “fake” spirits are laced with bleach, nail polish and anti-freeze.

Flyers spend more money on booze than any other in-flight purchase, according to GuestLogix, which tracked 8 million transactions across five U.S. airlines between November 2013 and March 2014. What – the $5 plastic headsets and $9 Rondelé® Peppercorn Parmesan Cheese Spread wasn’t raking in the dough?

The Best Beer Ad Ever? Totally in the running.

Where’s Mr. Floatie when you need him? Vancouver’s spike in microbreweries could be clogging our sewer system.

Leave it to the French to exit in style. A French hospital is set to open a wine bar for terminally ill patients. Says the doctor who proposed the idea, “”Why should we deprive people reaching the end of their lives of the traditional flavours of our land?” Santé et bon voyage!

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GOODS | “Fort Berens” Receives Prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence

Fort Berens is located at 1881 Highway 99 North in Lillooet, BC | photo: Brad Kasselman/coastphoto.com

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Lillooet, BC | Saturday marked a momentous day for Lillooet’s Fort Berens Estate Winery. The dry, hot sun shone brightly in Lillooet as Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon presented Fort Berens the prestigious 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines for their 2012 Estate Riesling.

In addition to the Lieutenant Governor, there were close to 40 members of the Vancouver Consul Corps, local dignitaries including Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, Jacquie Rasmussen, Electoral Area B Alternate Director, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Lillooet Mayor and Councillors Dennis Bontron, Marg Lampman and Wendy Parker, media, staff and local residents in attendance at the awards presentation.

The Fort Berens team and a crowd of steadfast supporters all choked back feelings of pride and gratitude as Her Honour presented the award. Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek, founders of Fort Berens, accepted the award on behalf of the entire team. Rolf first expressed his heartfelt appreciation for this recognition. “One hundred and fifty years ago, early pioneers came to Lillooet to realize their dreams, and with this award, today we realize one of our own dreams. As we look into the future, we see a landscape with the potential to help achieve many more dreams.”

Heleen continued, “Today we are celebrating a Riesling made exclusively with grapes grown in Lillooet. A Riesling deemed to be among the best wines in British Columbia. The viability of grapes in Lillooet was a key milestone, and this marks a new milestone that proves grapes from Lillooet can be of exceptional quality. We are thrilled to be a part of this growing wine region and we are excited to explore all that this region will produce in the coming years.”

The awards ceremony took place outside on the deck of the gorgeous, new winery that opened up earlier this month. Talk about a special way to commemorate the opening! “We have come a long way, and today’s milestone is another important marker on our journey that still has many exciting times to come,” Heleen explained. At the end of the day, Rolf, Heleen and the team raised a glass to celebrate this milestone. It was a very special day where special memories were created for the Fort Berens team. Read more

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