British Columbia Wine

 

British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a wine region. European settlers in the 1800s attempted to work with vinifera plantings, but the grapes could not withstand the extremes in temperature, succombing to diseases and fungus in the summer and freezing to death in the winter. Labrusca varietals such as Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir, and Concord were able to withstand the environment, but the wines were pretty “funky,” to say the least, and never had much success outside of Canada.
 
In the 1960s and 70s, with a consumer shift toward higher quality wines and the invention of modern viticultural technologies and techniques, wine-makers in British Columbia were able to step up their game and work with more popular vinifera grapes. The British Columbia Wine Institute (BC VQA) was founded in 1990 to control viticultural qualilty and promote local wines. The label VQA ensures 100% of growth and production takes place in British Read more »

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Varietals Produced in British Columbia View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of British Columbia

  • Okanagan Valley

      The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada...

  • Vancouver Island

    British Columbia’s most recent DVA is Vancouver Island, a 250-mile-long isle which hosts a fast g...

  • Similkameen Valley

    Known more for its western frontier history of ranching and gold mining, the Similkameen Valley h...

  • Similkameen Valley Vqa

Popular Wineries in British Columbia View all

  • Echo Valley Vineyards

    Echo Valley Vineyards is nestled in the evergreen forests of the Cowichan Valley. With wine makin...

  • Hawthorne Mountain

    The Winery: See Ya later Ranch at Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards Year: Established September 1st, 1...

  • Gray Monk Estate Winery

    The roots of Gray Monk Estate Winery began in the family. For generations, the Heiss family worke...

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

  • Twisted Tree

    We established Twisted Tree Vineyards and Winery in 2004, when we moved to Osoyoos with hopes of ...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2011

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    This edition of the reserve Chardonnay from Blue Mountain is superb: the nose is of apple pie with a hint of cinnamon (just a hint, mind); on the palate, there is a slight creaminess, but with structure (acidity). Excellent balance with some Chablis (or Macon) mineral-like notes on the smooth and lengthy finish. Heavenly spring water. Crosses... Read More

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  • Yes they do, in my humble opinion.  There are wine producers making blends ... different.  I live in British Columbia and I know 2010 and 2011 were cooler and wetter than most years.  There are still some decent wines from those years, but generally, I am avoiding them now as 2012 was fantastic.  I guess if you can blend vintages and make somet... Read More

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  • Spierhead Riesling 2012

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    This Kelowna BC Riesling has a nose of green apple peel (or rind) with a noticeable kerosene tinge. The colour is light straw, limpid and clear. Flavours on entry include sharp, acidic cooking apple (a Bramley comes to mind) with some astringent apple peel on the finish. If you like this style - which is, admittedly, clean - serve cold with pan... Read More

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  • La Stella Moscato d'Osoyoos 2012

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    This light (7.9% alcohol) Moscato is quite refreshing with easy, enticing sweet green grape nose and soft, musky, peachy and grapey flavours. Finish is short and (of course) sweet. A pleasant day-ender with elegance to spare. 87 points. Read More

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  • Stag's Hollow Viognier Balwant Vineyard 2012

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    The Stag's Hollow Viognier seems made in a subdued, French style with less bright acidity, spice and white fruit on the nose and the front-end of the palate. There is some peach and stone fruit generally with a somewhat neutral impression and relatively short finish. Good - if you prefer this style. 86 points. Read More

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  • Intrigue Riesling 2013

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    This is a first Intrigue Wine for me, and I am very pleased to say that this Riesling has a wonderful green apple peel nose that fits some Nahe wines to a tee. The entry is mouth-filling with Granny Smith apple, sprinkled with canned pear and plenty of bracing acidity. Finish is medium and your tongue keeps calling for more. Superb effort; sup... Read More

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  • Church & State Wines Viognier 2013

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    Another fine Church and State Wines offering... with a fine domestic flower scent (Wisteria, petunia, for example) with some spice such as nutmeg. The palate receives a princely flow of cake spice, peach, vanilla (light oak) and tropical fruit with good viscosity, creaminess and no bitterness - almost like petit Chateau Grillet. 14.3% alcohol a... Read More

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  • DM,I meant it's so irrelevant, it's Forum terrorism.JD, actually ... ... ... 1858 when the Colony of British Columbia was declared as a result of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush and fears of re-asserted American expansionist intentions. The two British colonies were amalgamated in 1866 as the United Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columb... Read More

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

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  • Church and State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2012

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    The nose of this wine is a,an intriguing vanilla, filbert and spiced apple - appropriate for the season. On the palate, there is a soft vanilla (oak), slightly tart apple and ginger flavour bundle. The finish is warm and the warmth lingers - along with soft, spicy tannin. Elegant but slightly heady. Good value. 89 points. Tasted at Kensingt... Read More

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