Byline: Kathy Michaels – Kelowna Capital News Back in the 1980s, B.C.’s jug wines were the bottom of the barrel, but a lot has changed since those inauspicious days. Winemakers improved their craft, creating top shelf vintages that earned steadily higher marks among oenophiles across the country and national borders. That widespread industry improvement came to…

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Byline: Wendy Mcleod, Kelowna Now The future of B.C.’s wine industry could include four new wine regions. That was one of 13 recommendations put together over the past several months by the BC Wine Appellation Task Group. The independent ad-hoc committee, which is made up of leading representatives from the wine industry, released their final report…

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Byline: Cheryl Chan, The Province Designation of four new regions recommended by industry panel When Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek visited the Okanagan to scout for land for a new vineyard and winery, they came away empty. The prime spots in B.C.’s most well-known wine region were already taken, and whatever was left fetched…

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Byline: Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight The province’s wine industry has reached a turning point, according to a new report that calls for significant changes in how B.C. products are identified. The B.C. Wine Appellation Task Group’s seeks the establishment of four new wine regions: Thompson Valley, Lillooet-Lytton, Shuswap, and Kootenays. That’s in addition to the five officially designated regions: Okanagan Valley,…

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Survey due July 1 seeks opinions about state of current system in British Columbia By Peter Mitham, Wines and Vines One short year after processing the province’s first sub-appellation proposal, the British Columbia Wine Authority faces an industry-led movement to overhaul its system of geographical indications (GIs). “We just had the Golden Mile Bench sub-GI…

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Renowned UK wine writer Jamie Goode has a few things to say about new world wine regions creating new appellations and sub-appellations (or “GIs” which is geographical indication abbreviated). He urges caution when creating new ones. Here is a short introduction (copied below) to his longer piece about creating appellations, which you can read here. Establishing…

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