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BC VQA Wines - All Wrapped Up in BC Liquor Stores this December

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LOWER MAINLAND, BC - BC VQA wines have the holidays all wrapped up this year with a special holiday promotion in conjunction with BC Liquor Stores throughout the Lower Mainland.


The giving starts with free gift wrap - 6,000 beautiful gold organza bags will be applied to bottles of 16 participating BC VQA wines. A handy gift tag completes the package so shoppers can customise their gifts with ease, making holiday gift giving a cinch....

Government Policy Announcement Good for BC Wine Industry and Sales of BC VQA Wine

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KELOWNA, BC - Today's announcement by the provincial government, regarding the implementation of additional Liquor Policy Review recommendations, levels the playing field for the liquor retailing industry, according to the BC Wine Institute. 

"We support the government's move to harmonize and simplify policies," said Josie Tyabji, Chair of the Board of Directors for the BCWI. "These changes ensure that the retail model for the sale of liquor in BC is...

BC Icewine Harvest Second Earliest on Record

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KELOWNA, BC (November 12, 2014) - BC's annual Icewine harvest got off to a very early start this year, with cold temperatures prompting two wineries to start picking grapes on the second earliest day on record. 

The earliest harvest on record in BC was November 5, 2003. 

While this year's harvest so far has been limited to just two wineries whose mercury dipped and sustained below the required -8˚C and whose grapes reached the required 35 Brix,...

BC Wineries Report Success at Farmers' Markets

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KELOWNA, BC - The first season of selling local wine, beer and spirits at farmers' markets in British Columbia was good for consumers, vendors and the markets.

Starting in June, BC Farmers' Markets offered sales of locally-made wine, beer and spirits, following the provincial government's move to modernize liquor laws. These changes came as the result of Parliamentary Secretary John Yap's Liquor Policy Review.

"The government showed support...

2014 Acreage Report Shows BC Wine Industry Maturing

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October 22, 2014
BRITISH COLUMBIA - Growing quality rather than acreage is the focus in BC's vineyards according to the 2014 Wine Grape Acreage Report.
After years of major growth in vineyard acreage throughout the province, this survey's statistics have relatively stabilized, indicating that wineries and vineyard owners have made the decision to devote their resources to increasing the quality of wine that they are producing, rather than...

BC Wine Institute Supports Province's First Ever Sub-Appellation

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KELOWNA, BC - The British Columbia Wine Institute is lauding the recent decision by the BC Wine Authority to approve the first sub-appellation in the province.
Known as the Golden Mile Bench, located on the western slope of the Okanagan Valley south of Oliver, this marks the first sub-Designated Viticultural Area (or sub-Geographical Indication) of the Okanagan Valley DVA. The Golden Mile Bench is the first such application to the BC Wine...

ChefmeetsBCGrape Celebrates 10 Years of Pairing BC VQA Wine and Food

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September 19, 2014
BRITISH COLUMBIA - After 10 years ChefmeetsBCGrape is still growing strong.

With an increase in both ticket sales and attendance by wineries, ChefmeetsBCGrape is continuing its tradition of success in Vancouver.

"This event not only supports a great organization, with all proceeds going to the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company, but it is an excellent opportunity for us to bring the British Columbia wine...

Wines of British Columbia Expands US Reach with Whole Foods Market Partnership in the Pacific Northwest

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October 1, 2014
SEATTLE, WASH Starting October 1, Wines of British Columbia has increasing availability to US wine consumers.

Eight hand-selected BC VQA wines are now available for purchase at 15 Whole Foods Market stores across Washington and Oregon.


"This partnership is part of the BC Wine Institute's strategic plan to increase our exports to key markets, of which the West Coast USA is a primary focus," said Miles...

BC Wine Institute Adopts New Structure for Board of Directors

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BRITISH COLUMBIA - BC Wine Institute members voted in favour of adopting a new board structure at the organization's Annual and Extraordinary General Meeting in Penticton on Thursday.

"Parliamentary Secretary John Yap's final report on BC's Liquor Policy Review made a number of recommendations that are positive for the continued success of the BC wine industry," said Miles Prodan, President and CEO of the BC Wine Institute. "It's also an appropriate time...

Celebrate BC Day with BC VQA Wines in Vancouver on August 2

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BRITISH COLUMBIA -This BC Day long weekend, the British Columbia Wine Institute is throwing a big party in honour of beautiful British Columbia and the wonderful wines that are grown and produced in the province.

Consumers are invited join some of BC’s top winemakers at Vancouver’s 39th & Cambie BC Liquor Store anytime from 3-6 PM on Saturday, August 2, to sample some of the 12 BC VQA wines that will be available to taste. The wines will be paired...

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