British Columbia Wine

 

British Columbia in the western part of Canada has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a wine region. European settlers in the 1800s attempted to work with vinifera plantings, but the grapes could not withstand the extremes in temperature, succombing to diseases and fungus in the summer and freezing to death in the winter. Labrusca varietals such as Vidal Blanc, Baco Noir, and Concord were able to withstand the environment, but the wines were pretty “funky,” to say the least, and never had much success outside of Canada.
 
In the 1960s and 70s, with a consumer shift toward higher quality wines and the invention of modern viticultural technologies and techniques, wine-makers in British Columbia were able to step up their game and work with more popular vinifera grapes. The British Columbia Wine Institute (BC VQA) was founded in 1990 to control viticultural qualilty and promote local wines. The label VQA ensures 100% of growth and production takes place in British Read more »

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Varietals Produced in British Columbia View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of British Columbia

  • Okanagan Valley

      The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada...

  • Vancouver Island

    British Columbia’s most recent DVA is Vancouver Island, a 250-mile-long isle which hosts a fast g...

  • Similkameen Valley

    Known more for its western frontier history of ranching and gold mining, the Similkameen Valley h...

  • Similkameen Valley Vqa

Popular Wineries in British Columbia View all

  • Copper Moon

    Copper Moon is a wine produced in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The wine is available in r...

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud is the brand of winemaker Bradley Cooper and his wife Audralee Daum.

  • Chalet Estate Winery

    Muse Winery (formerly Chalet Estate Winery) is located on the picturesque Saanich Peninsula near ...

  • Blasted Church Vineyards

    Perched high on a rolling hillside that cascades into Skaha Lake, this is undoubtedly one of the ...

  • Kettle Valley Winery

    Naramata is easily the premier growing region in British Columbia, with it’s moderate temperature...

  • Calona Vineyards

    Calona Vineyards Private Reserve wines are a rare treat. A relationship among the grower, the win...

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British Columbia on Snooth

  • Emandare Pinot Noir 2016

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    Emandare Vineyard is located just outside Duncan BC (Cowichan Valley) and produces a smallish count of wine barriques, and I have yet to visit the winery, but I would say this wine evinces a dark, brooding depth of colour, a nose of raspberry, plum and strawberry confit, and a heady alcoholic element. Surprising, really, given the location of t... Read More

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  • Foxtrot the Waltz Pinot Noir 2017

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    The 2017 Foxtrot Waltz is the last vintage by the Allander Family (sold in 2018 to American Douglas Barzelay et al.) although Gustav Allander remains to manage the winemaking. The robe of this wine is translucent cherry - reminiscent of a Beaune property, with an attractive strawberry confit and forest floor nose with a hint of cedar chest. Ent... Read More

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  • C. C. Jentsch Cellars Small Lots Series Chardonnay 2017

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    The C. C. Jentsch Small Lots Chardonnay is immediately recognizable as a BC ... ... Very European yet very British Columbia. 8 Read More

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  • Rathjen Cellars Pinot Gris Saison Vineyard 2018

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    Mike Rathjen has scored another Roman triumph with the 2018 Pinot Gris. This small Vancouver Island producer and wine master shows how, if one embraces the real, the real embraces you back; this wine is the proof: the fresh gooseberry, sarsaparilla and ginger nose is quintessentially Pinot Gris. The difference is in the mouthfeel and entry; th... Read More

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  • Rico Bambino Viognier 2017

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    This is the first Rico Bambino wine tasting for me; the winery is an "urban winery" in Kelowna Canada priding itself on sustainability and things "natural" (natural ferment, e. g.) - which is all to the good. This wine, which has deepened into a rich gold colouration, evinces an attractive nose of aging viognier such as ginger, lychee nut and g... Read More

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  • Invinity Sparkling Rose 2018

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    A charming young couple making authentically Vancouver Island wine proffered this very good Rose at a Saanich BC fair. It is made from 21% Marechal Foch and 79% Pinot Noir sourced from local vineyards. Although the wine is not cheap (about 34 dollars US), it is made with care; in the glass there is a beautiful pink hue with continuous efferves... Read More

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  • Rathjen Cellars Auxerrois 2018

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    This Auxerrois from the Saanich Peninsula of Greater Victoria, BC Canada is a surprise all round; the steely pear and lime nose is prominent, and to limn out this wine we have a clean, balanced acidity on the palate with pear-like flavours and musk. The finish is medium short - as expected - and as it should and must be. An excellent wine - th... Read More

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  • Blue Grouse Estate Winery Quill Pinot Gris 2018

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    The Blue Grouse Quill Pinot Gris is a very fresh, thirst-quenching white; Melon, Kiwi Fruit, Ginger and citrus (lime) greet the nose, and entry is clean, acidic (but not aggressively so) with a trademark Pinot Gris musk trailing the melon and lime flavours. Finish is medium and lingers. Strong entry for Duncan BC. 88. Read More

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  • Emandare Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    This wine is not cheap by Canadian standards - about 38 US$ - but is worthy for the price when the alternatives are considered; the 2015 vintage lends beautifully deep raspberry crush robe with a nose that exudes elegance... there is field mushroom, a whiff of strawberry and vegetable (carrot) top, and rosewater. Lovely. Entry is equally satis... Read More

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  • C. C. Jentsch Small Lots Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    For colour, this wine joins the stable of any Bordeaux of Cru lineage. As for scent or bouquet, well, there is the blackberry, cassis, cured tobacco, and cedar we have come to love in this rightly revered grape. Jentsch has produced a wine of unbelievable purity - possibly stumping the critics in Ontario such as Crosariol into a simple 90 poin... Read More

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