Expanding to B.C. and Oregon

6:20 pm Wine

Now that my Washington state wine blog is six months old, I made a New Year’s resolution to expand my writing to include wines from British Columbia (where I was born and raised) and Oregon (where we lived for a couple of years prior to moving to Seattle).

Don’t get me wrong, my main priority will continue to be to promote the wines of Washington state. But a recent tasting trip to wineries around the Portland area, and a planned 2008 trip back to B.C.’s Okanagan region, made me realize that the time has come to blog about wines from more places in the northwest.

So starting next week, look for blog posts about the old and new wineries that we visited in Oregon in early December. And discover with me some of the fine wines of British Columbia. But I’ll also be writing about our tastings earlier this month at  DeLille Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery, Arlington Road Cellars, Baer Winery, Cuillin Hills Winery, Edmonds Winery, Page Cellars, Red Sky Winery and Woodinville Wine Cellars

The bottom line: I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again. Washington state wineries make some excellent world-class wines.

Cheers!

5 Responses
  1. Wilf Krutzmann :

    Date: December 27, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    Yes, Washington produces some outstanding wines.But your expansion into BC and Oregon will be a delightful journey. I started The Wine Barrel, a “BC wines only shop” in downtown Victoria in 1993 and sold it a couple of years ago. So I have some experience and insights into the BC wine scene. I had the privilege of being invited by Randy Riggins, president of the Olympic Penisula Oenological Society, a few years ago to do a presentation on British Columbia wines. Nice group of people and they sure liked the wines we tasted.So if at anytime you need some info on BC wines drop me a line and I will try to give you the answers.
    Happy tasting in the New Year !

  2. Margot-Write for Wine :

    Date: December 27, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Wilf, and your kind offer to help me out. I’d be happy to take you up on it. What are your favorite B.C. reds? I keep hearing that the Okanagan is more known for its whites, but I’ve had some pretty good reds while visiting friends and family in Vancouver. Also, btw, I moved from Victoria right around the time that you opened your wine shop!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Wilf Krutzmann :

    Date: December 28, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    Yes, delightful crisp whites are found in abundance in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island.When the industry first started in the 80’s white wines were popular and the vintners pushed to get those to market. The reds were so so and thus the opinion that BC whites are great but you cannot do a good red became prevalent. But you can make a decent white with 3 year old vines but a 3 year old red wine grape vine lacks the intensity that a a good red should have. But now that these vines are 20 years and older and of course the vintners are much more experienced, some really good red wines are out there. Merlot does well. As do Pinot Noirs.Gamay Noir is another grape that thrives up here.Grapes love hot days but also cool nights. Age on the vine, experience and good climatic conditions are making the difference.