BCWI Media Releases

The Wines of British Columbia, Celebration of BC Pinot Noir & Visa Infinite Welcome Steven Spurrier for Inaugural Okanagan Visit

The BC Wine Institute, Celebration of BC Pinot Noir and VISA Infinite are proud to welcome renowned wine judge and writer Steven Spurrier to BC Wine Country this summer!

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2015

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This August, #ExploreBCWine with Steven Spurrier, #VISAInfinite & @WineBCdotcom at the @BCPinotNoir Celebration - http://bcpinotnoir.ca

KELOWNA, BC - The secret is out: BC is producing world class wines and this summer, Decanter consultant and Editor Steven...

James Beard Foundation Hosts the Best from Canada's West

Wines of British Columbia, Tourism Calgary and the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance Showcase the Best of the West in a Winery & Chef Collaborative Lunch and Dinner at the James Beard House in New York for the Very First Time

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April 20, 2015
KELOWNA, BC - The Wines of British Columbia, Tourism Calgary and the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance (ACTA) have partnered to bring an exciting Western Canadian culinary celebration to the James Beard...

Canada Brings a Taste of British Columbia to China This Spring

British Columbia Events Showcase "East Meets West" Culinary Collaboration in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong
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March 17, 2015
VANCOUVER, BC - It's no secret that British Columbia, Canada boasts all kinds of delicious ingredients, outstanding wines, talented chefs and amazing natural beauty. British Columbia has long been a very popular destination for visitors from China, and increasingly residents of China have...

Wine & Chocolates for Valentine's - BC VQA Wines Have Got You Covered!

45 BC VQA Wine Tastings in BC Liquor Stores with Mink Chocolates Feb. 12, 13, 14


For Immediate Release:

February 10, 2015

Suggested Tweet: #BCVQA #BCWine Valentine's tastings in @BCLiquorStores with @MinkChocolates, February 12, 13, 14 - see details here http://ow.ly/IQtxL 

BRITISH COLUMBIA - BC Wine Institute (BCWI) pairs up with Mink Chocolates for an unprecedented Valentine's celebration across British Columbia this month. 15 BC Liquor Stores in Burnaby, Langley,...

California Wine Industry Trade Concerns Unfounded

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KELOWNA, BC -  British Columbia is in full compliance with international trade regulations regarding the sale of BC wine in grocery stores, according to the BC Wine Institute.

"California wine industry representatives are misinformed if they believe BC is working outside trade regulations," says Josie Tyabji, chair of the BC Wine Institute in response to a letter sent to Premier Christy Clark by the California Wine Institute challenging the BC government's...

BC VQA Founders Toast 25 Years of Building an Industry

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December 31, 2014


Suggested Tweet: Congratulations #BCWine Industry! A toast to 25 years of #BCVQA in 2015! @WineBCdotcom

BRITISH COLUMBIA - In 1990, a small group of pioneering winemakers and grapegrowers came together to create the British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) and the BC Wine Institute (BCWI).

Skip the Crowds: Tour BC Wine Country this Winter

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KELOWNA, BC - One of the biggest secrets of wine country is that winter is the perfect time to explore tasting rooms, take in festive events and enjoy BC wine, without the crowds.
More and more BC wineries are not only keeping their doors open during the winter months, but are also offering festive winter events. 
Winery associations throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen regions are partnering to create wine touring holiday...

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,...

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