Most people know I’m from Vancouver. And when I moved to the United States 26 years ago – I have to be frank – BC wine was not awesome. Sure, some brands, varieties and vintages had their moments. But would I go out of my way to buy a bottle? No. Fast-forward to today, and that’s exactly what I’m doing: crossing the border to buy some awesome BC wine. Read on for details.
Wines of British Columbia recently showcased the fall releases of more than 350 B.C. wines, poured by 90 wineries at the Vancouver Convention Center at an event called “Colour.” Only VQA wines were sampled — the Vintners Quality Alliance standard was created in 1990 to guarantee consumers they were drinking wine made from 100% B.C.-grown grapes. In 1990, B.C. was home to 17 wineries; today there are 275.
Prior to Wines of British Columbia‘s fall release “Colour” event in Vancouver (described in a separate post), we were invited to attend a wine seminar called “B.C.’s Wild Side” led by moderator and B.C. wine expert Michaela Morris.
The exclusive tasting focused on organic, biodynamic and natural B.C. wines, looking at how some wineries use wild fermentation, skin contact and ancestral winemaking techniques.
Ten wines from Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley and Golden Mile Bench were tasted; three were pre-release samples, and unfortunately, a couple of wines are already sold out.