BCWI Media Releases

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...

Senator Ross Fitzpatrick honoured for contribution to the BC Wine Industry

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KELOWNA, BC – CedarCreek Estate Winery founder, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick, was honoured in Kelowna Tuesday with the BC Wine Institute BC Wine Industry Recognition Award.
“The Senator exemplifies the intent of the award, which was created to recognize those who have helped to develop the wine industry in our province,” says BC Wine Institute Chair, Josie Tyabji who presented Fitzpatrick with the award at the Canadian Wine Industry dinner at...

Wines of British Columbia partners with Visa Infinite for 2014 Wine Country Series

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KELOWNA, BC – Get an exclusive taste of the Wines of British Columbia with Visa Infinite in 2014.
The British Columbia Wine Institute is once again partnering with Visa Infinite to offer one-of-a-kind winery experiences, special discounts and complimentary tastings at more than 30 BC wineries.
“Now in its third year, this program continues to provide yet another compelling reason for Visa Infinite cardholders to visit the wineries, meet...

Free Online Course aimed at province’s wine servers

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KELOWNA - Collaboration between Okanagan College and the British Columbia Wine Institute will mean wine and food servers in this province and elsewhere can now take a free online course to enhance their knowledge of vintages, varieties, and appellations.

The new course, which takes about two hours to complete, was the brainchild of the British Columbia Wine Institute CEO Miles Prodan and Okanagan College’s Director of Wine, Food and Tourism, Jonathan...

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