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Buying Local Means Giving Local this Holiday Season with BC VQA Wine

December 11, 2015

Suggested Tweet: @WineBCdotcom Buying local means giving local this holiday season w/ a portion of #BCVQA Wine sales going towards @RealFoodBanksBC @CBCRadioCanada

British Columbia – BC Wineries give local this holiday season donating partial proceeds from sales in BC VQA Wine Stores towards Food Banks BC as a proud sponsor of the 29th Annual CBC Radio-Canada Food Bank Drive.

From November 29 through January 3, more than 130 BC wineries are...

Celebrate the Season with BC VQA Wines in BC Liquor Stores

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December 4, 2015

Suggested Tweet: @WineBCdotcom has the holidays all wrapped up w/#BCVQA Wines on promo & gold gift bag 'n' tag in 20 @BCLiquorStores this month! 

LOWER MAINLAND - BC VQA Wines have the holidays all wrapped up with the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI)'s annual Bag'n'Tag promotion in BC Liquor Stores. Gift bags and gift tags will be given away with purchase of 12 different BC VQA Wines...

The Rise of British Columbia Wine Tourism

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2015

Recommended Tweet: #BCWine tourism is on the rise reporting record numbers in visitors and sales this year @WineBCdotcom

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Wine tourism in BC is on the rise, reporting a record high in visitors and sales this year, and gaining accolades as a world-class wine destination from publications and wine critics around the world.

This year, the Okanagan Valley was named one of the 10 best wine destinations of 2015 by Wine Enthusiast...

Freezing Temperatures in the Okanagan Brings an Early Start to BC's Icewine Harvest

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November 26, 2015

Suggested Tweet: The #Icewine Harvest in the Okanagan is on! 6 wineries have braved freezing temps so far to produce #BCLiquidGold #BCHarvest2015 @WineBCdotcom

KELOWNA, BC -  With sub-zero temperatures arriving in the Okanagan this week, BC's annual Icewine harvest arrived early as wineries North of Penticton start picking grapes for BC's "liquid gold."

After last vintage's second-earliest start on record on November 12, 2014, winemakers and...

Fall into Autumn with BC VQA Wines and Vista D’oro Jam

32 Events and Delicious Giveaways in BC Liquor Stores this October

September 28, 2015

Suggested Tweet: #FallFlavours in @BCLiquorStores this October - 32 #BCVQA tasting events & @Vistadoro gourmet gifts w top #BCWines www.winebc.com 

LOWER MAINLAND – Fall flavours abound in BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of October with an extensive tasting program – 32 FREE events, hosted by the BC Wine Institute and its myriad BC VQA member wineries as part of their...

BC Wineries Experience the Earliest Start to the BC Grape Harvest on Record

Suggested Tweet: Outstanding summer weather has led to a record breaking start to the grape harvest in BC #BCHarvest2015 @WineBCdotcom

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September 21, 2015

BRITISH COLUMBIA - The outstanding summer weather has led to a record breaking start to the grape harvest in British Columbia. For most wineries, harvest typically starts in September or even October, but this year saw most wineries starting two to three weeks ahead of schedule. 

The first Sauvignon Blanc...

ChefmeetsBCGrape celebrates 11 years pairing BC VQA wine and food

Suggested Tweet: The 11th annual #ChefmeetsBCGrape brings the best of #BCWine & restaurants @WineBCdotcom to Vancouver raising $37,800 for @TheArtsClub

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September 18, 2015

BRITISH COLUMBIA - After 11 years ChefmeetsBCGrape is still going strong. With an increase in ticket sales and attendance by 90 wineries and ten restaurants, ChefmeetsBCGrape is continuing its tradition of wine and food pairing success in Vancouver.

"This event not only supports a great...

BC Wine in Grocery - The Facts

BCWI Chairman  Shaun Everest

September 9, 2015 - I feel that it's time to send a message to clarify the answers to many of the questions being voiced by members and industry regarding wine in grocery and the steps being taken by the BCWI Board.

Below are a list of questions heard from our members, along with answers summarizing our actions taken to date and providing you...

The Wines of British Columbia Shine at The Judgment of BC Wine Tasting with Steven Spurrier and DJ Kearney

August 25, 2015 (VANCOUVER, BC) – The Wines of British Columbia were put to the ultimate test at the Judgment of BC on Tuesday, August 25, pitting 12 BC Wines against 12 acknowledged global benchmarks. We are proud to announce BC’s C.C. Jentsch Syrah 2013 from the Okanagan Valley ranked first among the flight of Syrah, and Soumah Chardonnay Single Vineyard 2013 from Yarra Valley, Victoria Australia came out on top for the flight of Chardonnays.

Inspired by the legendary Judgment of Paris...

BC Wine Institute welcomes new Board of Directors

KELOWNA, BC – Following another fruitful Annual General Meeting (July 06, 2015 at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Osoyoos), the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce our new Board of Directors.

Nine voting BCWI Directors represent British Columbia wineries of all sizes, including large wineries (selling more than 700,000 litres annually), medium wineries (selling more than 60,000 litres annually), and the many small wineries. Newly elected or re-elected members of the Board...

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