BCWI Media Releases

Celebrate the Season with BC VQA Wines

November 19, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) - The Wines of British Columbia have got you covered this holiday season with ready-to-gift BC VQA wines available at no extra cost in 10 participating BC Liquor Stores, from now until Christmas.

As you read this press release, sheer organza wine-bottle gift bags are being applied to 10,000 bottles of BC VQA wines in select BC Liquor Stores, making it easier for BC wine shoppers to give the gift of wonderful wines, made in beautiful British...

Wines of British Columbia Expand in the Hong Kong Market

October 29, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) – The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Cuvées in Hong Kong that make the Wines of British Columbia more accessible than ever to consumers in that market.

“Hong Kong is earning a reputation for its savvy, high-end wine consumers,” remarks BCWI President Miles Prodan. “For years, international visitors have been asking where they can find our premium BC VQA wines at home and, until now, the options...

Experience BC’s Perfect Pairings in Whistler

October 22, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) - The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is excited to bring the Perfect Pairings program to Whistler as part of Cornucopia Whistler’s Celebration of Wine & Food. On Saturday, November 9, Sidecut at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler will host six local chefs and 13 of BC’s best wineries combining to create a delicious evening of Perfect Pairings.

Following successful sold-out events in Vancouver and Kelowna, Experience BC’s Perfect Pairings at Sidecut...

‘Best of BC’ Launches in BC Liquor Stores October 12

October 2, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) - With the fall harvest in full swing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, October is the perfect month to explore BC VQA wines. British Columbians are celebrating our local bounty and, what better way to honour our crops, than with the annual BC Liquor Stores ‘Best of BC’ release?

Every year, BC Liquor Stores carefully selects a small collection of BC wines which are in limited supply and high demand. In the interest of fairness to all of their...

Exclusive Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences Return to British Columbia

July 25, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) - The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) has teamed up again with Visa Infinite to create the ultimate wine touring program, exclusively for Visa Infinite cardholders. This year, more than 30 BC wineries have developed special benefits ranging from complimentary tastings to unique winery experiences to exclusive special events.

The Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences go beyond the bottle, giving cardholders an insider’s look at the 31 partner...

Home Team Shines at BC Liquor Stores this August

July 24, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) – The month of August marks many British Columbians’ favourite time of year – blissful summer! BC Liquor Stores celebrates the rich abundance of our local vineyards by showcasing the wines of British Columbia in over 100 store locations.

In support of this promotion, the Wines of British Columbia will host a total of five special events in Signature BC Liquor Stores throughout the month. 39th & Cambie is home to two Demonstration Cooking classes, featuring...

BC Wine Institute Announces New Board of Directors

July 12, 2012 (Kelowna, BC) Following another fruitful Annual General Meeting (July 09, 2013 at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Osoyoos), the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors. The seven 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 90,000 litres annually), and the many small wineries.

Greg Berti of Andrew...

MP Ron Cannan and MP Dan Albas Receive Inaugural BC Wine Institute Industry Recognition Award

July 10, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) - The BC Wine Institute’s (BCWI) Annual General Meeting, held July 9 at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, saw the introduction of the BCWI Industry Recognition Award. This award was established to recognize individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the BC Wine Industry.

BCWI Chair Josie Tyabji had the honour of presenting the inaugural awards to MP Ron Cannan and MP Dan Albas for their combined work in the passing of Bill C-311 and...

ChefmeetsBCGrape Raises $40,000 for Arts Club Theatre Company

June 14, 2013 (Kelowna, BC) The ninth annual ChefmeetsBCGrape event, held June 5 in Vancouver, raised $40,000 for the Arts Club Theatre, the biggest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. The largest annual celebration of the Wines of British Columbia and local food in Vancouver, ChefmeetsBCGrape showcased 95 BC wineries pouring more than 375 BC VQA wines, and 15 top restaurants to a crowd of more than 500 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  

"The Wines of British...

2012 BDO BC Wine Grape Crop Report: Tonnage Increase for Return to More Normal Vintage

(Kelowna, BC) After a few years of challenging vintages, the 2012 BDO BC Wine Grape Crop Report shows that the total tonnage* has returned to normal levels, increasing by 17% over the previous year, from 22,722 tons in 2011 to 27,257 in 2012.

The increased tonnage over last year is great news for consumers who would like to find more BC wine, but it wasn’t a surprise to growers across the province. Vineyard manager Harold Gaudy at Summerhill Pyramid Winery feels that the mild winter...

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