It is great to be living in the Okanagan Valley, close to so many first class wineries and enthusiastic winemakers. Before starting the BCWineTrends blog in 2015, I had the opportunity to visit wineries on three continents.
I spent time in Margaret River, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and Gippsland, the home of my favourite 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 favourite Santa Barbara. Hard to beat the Lodi Zins and Santa Barbara Pinots for value! Another favourite west coast destination was Seattle with easy access to the Woodinville wineries, love those Cabs and Syrahs.
My 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 background as I cut through the Marketing hype to bring 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.
The wine industry statistics were gathered from the BCWI reports http://www.winebc.org/press_room/publications/