Get an insider look into the 2015 vintage of British Columbia wines with interviews of regional winemakers via BC Wine Trends.
Canada in general has always fascinated me, sitting friendly up there, sharing a border with America. It seems so international, yet so sheerly Canadian, balancing history, present and future with grace and stability. Canada is also, in my opinion, a taken-for-granted land of surprises and experience.
Canada is made of 13 provinces (or territories). It has two official languages, English and French, and “native” tongue goes back to when Canada was seen as open frontier, settled by both English and French nationals. Canada’s Official Languages Commissioner, Graham Fraser has stated in The Hill Times:“[I]n the same way that race is at the core of what it means to be American and at the core of an American experience and class is at the core of British experience, I think that language is at the core of Canadian experience.” I speak both English and French and find this wonderfully telling, particularly being an American where learning the language is akin to becoming integrated, feeling at home.
To get to know a part of the country a bit better, I read up on the wines of British Columbia. Wine is an international language. It brings people together with a fun stickiness that never wears out. Ignoring territorial boundaries lines, one can imagine British Columbia as the upward climb of west coast wines: Southern California transitions to Northern California bleeds into Oregon blends with Washington climbs into British Columbia. And while national divisions serve purpose in wine-making, nature has her say in a big way and it’s a pleasure to imagine the connections and transitions for west coast wine makers.
I was curious to hear about the 2015 vintage in British Columbia and I’ve connected with a very knowledgeable source. Julian, from BC Wine Trends:
Guest Post: British Columbia Winemakers’ thoughts on 2015 Vintage
Julian spoke to winemakers from several regions in British Columbia and in this post (click title above) he shares some of my favorite-to-know stories: the thoughts of winemakers, including:
Charlie & Jesce Baessler of Corcelettes
Andy Gebert of St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Ltd.
David Paterson of Tantalus
Sheri Paynter of Off the Grid Organic Winery
Rob Westbury of Nagging Doubt
Rob Hammersley of Black Market
Bradley Cooper of Black Cloud
Manuel Zuppiger of Arrowleaf Cellars
Some details on British Columbia wine, from Wines of British Columbia:
Number of wineries: 255 licensed grape wine wineries in British Columbia (316 total licensed wineries). 152 are members of the BCWI. BCWI membership represents 95% of total grape wine sales and 94% of total BC VQA wine sales in British Columbia.
Five wine regions (designated viticultural areas / geographical indicators):
Number of vineyards:
929 vineyards with more than 10,260 acres of planted land
(wineries and independent growers)
Grape varietals produced:
Top ten white varietals (by acreage planted):
Top ten red varietals (by acreage planted):
Ratio of White to Red:
49% to 51%
Have you visited British Columbia? Do you have a winery to recommend? Be sure to visit BC Wine Trends blog for lots of information and profiles of the region.