Great that we are now living in the Okanagan Valley, close to so many first class wineries. I’ve had the opportunity to visit wineries in three continents. In Australia I spent time in Margaret River, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Gippsland, the home of my favorite Pinot “Bass Phillip”. I was fortunate to go to school with Phil Jones and remember helping him out with some early plantings in his Leongatha vineyard. Best Aussie Wine 2013
Living in Phoenix for 15 years gave us the opportunity for multiple trips to the California wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Temecula and my favorite Santa Barbara. Hard to beat the Lodi Zins and Santa Barbara Pinots for value! Another favorite west coast destination was Seattle with easy access to the Woodinville wineries, love those Cabs and Syrahs.
My European vacations took me to some exciting winery locations in Italy (Tuscany and Veneto where I fell in love with Amarone). In Spain the sparkling wines of Cava outside of Barcelona and the great reds of Roja. This gives you a feel for my wine experiences as I cut through the Marketing hype and deliver information of value to BC wine enthusiasts.
Go to the BC Wine Industry Statistics tab to see grape acreage and winery production and award trends.