Wine Growers British Columbia have a new urgent initiative called “Fall for BC Wines” and they would love food and wine fan support.
As you all know , it’s a challenging time for wineries in BC — they’ve had to be extremely resilient and adaptable over the past few years. Fires, Covid, smoke, drought, cold winter conditions, climate change. The amount of grapes coming off the vineyards has dropped radically.
Here’s what can’t drop – wine fan support. Pick your favourite wineries and join the wine club, buy their latest reds and whites, visit the winery and take home your Winter wine. Share with your friends and neighbours and get them involved. When dining out, buy BC from the wine lists.
There are endless reasons to fall in love with BC during the harvest season. From the bounty of this beautiful place we get to call home to the growers and winemakers working against the elements to create magic in a glass –we raise a glass to all that makes BC wine so special. The Okanagan Wine Festival starts October 27 www.okanaganwinefestivals.com
Now more than ever before, it is important to buy local and support local growers and producers right in your backyard. Whether visiting the winery directly, joining a wine club, or picking up a bottle of BC VQA wine at your favourite wine store, there are endless ways to show your support for BC wine this harvest season.
Explore the wine adventures and activities below to uncover concerts, outdoor movie nights, passport experiences and other enjoyable BC wine events. https://winebc.com/wine-bc-events/
Know a BC Community Hero? Nominate them here for their chance to win a VIP Trip for two to BC Wine Country.
Guests this week include:
John Skinner – Co-founder and wine leader at Painted Rock (OK Falls)
One of the true leaders in BC Wine. Whenever John pours, he tells the story behind his award wining wine. Then he does a great sell job on BC Wine.
From Painted Rocks lofty position in Okanagan Falls, overlooking the valley from Penticton to the hills around Oliver, they can see many of the wineries needing an influx of fans and funds.
Ned Bell – Star Chef (Naramata Inn) Spokesperson for Buy BC
Ned Bell was born in Penticton. Even though he became a very successful chef, Ned always supported buying local. I keep waiting for someone to create a poster with a photo of Ned saying Local Hero
He invites everyone back to the Naramata Bench.
When I started thinking about the whole of the BC Wine industry I caught myself saying “ it’s not just about the wineries, its about the food and restaurant business that they partner with. Many of them are farmers as well. Then, the thought about accommodations became clear.
When the BC Government shut down the highways to the Okanagan, at the very height of tourist season, they all suffered. Weeks later, when the road ban was lifted, most of the tourists had made other plans. The cash flow that normally would sustain them all through the Winter simply went away.
They need our help and support. Right now.
If you’re going to buy wine, buy BC, if you gift, gift BC Wine. Join a wine club, order on-line. Travel to BC Wine Country and spend a weekend with them.
You will be welcomed with open arms and much appreciation!
Next guest is a great friend John Weber
John Weber – co-founder and winemaking leader at Orofino (Similkameen Valley)
John reports fire and smoke this Summer. However, even when they were nowhere near the McDougall Creek Fire, when they closed the Okanagan Valley they closed the highway through Manning Park and the Similkameen as well.
Made a sketchy growing year even sketchier. John had opinions and suggestions for his fellow farmers and asks of the wine buying public.
If anyone can speak about the hardships of farming its John Weber.
Our last guest is Joanna Schlosser – Co-founder and CEO of Niche Wine Company!
Along with her winemaking husband James and son Hugh, they run a very small but much loved winery. Not just in West Kelowna, where the big fires were. They are actually in McDougall Creek. That was the name given the fire. They were right next door.
Niche winery was evacuated and the fire burned on. It took out some of the vines but also burned down their machine shed AND the fencing.
In the days that it took to put out the fire and get to go back to the winery, the local bears and deer ate their entire crop of grapes.
The winery was still standing thanks to the first responders and firefighters. We thank them for their commitment.
Remarkably Joanna brings with her the wines ready for the market from Niche. As creative director , Joanna is the designer of the very cool labels and bottle neck tags.
The farm shop is closed but the on line desk is open. They’re the first to offer growler refills in the cellar.
Niche Wine Co
2021 Near and Far Pinot Noir – made from estate fruit in West Kelowna and a vineyard in South East Kelowna. A blend of near and far. A beaut!!!
2021 Wild and Free Pinot Noir – Pinot grapes left to press themselves just with the weight of the fruit. Free Run juice with wild ferment.
2022 Small Batch White – Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Hand picked and basket pressed.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Fall into BC Wine