November 11th, SWIRL 2023: Over 60 BC wineries pouring in one place

SWIRL 2023:  Over 60 BC wineries pouring in one place.


There was NO WAY I was going to get to talk to 65 wineries in 3 hours.

First, you had to work your way to the front of the tasting line and ask the winemaker to stop pouring and talk to me instead.

Second, each interview would be 45 seconds.

Not going to happen.

So, this is the first of  25 interviews I did on Monday, Nov 6 at Sutton Place right in downtown Vancouver.

I jumped on a Pacific Coastal Beechcraft at Victoria Airport and landed at YVR’s South Terminal 20 minutes later.  Pacific Coastal is the title sponsor of these shows.

( Pacific Coastal now fly from Kelowna  to Nanaimo and Nanaimo to Kelowna)

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Straight downtown in time for the 1 pm kickoff.

The buzz was electric. We haven’t gathered like this in quite a while.

The wineries all pouring their best for the wine trade. A lot of note-taking from the invited. So much has happened in the past 2 years.

Some good and some bad.

Good (better and better wines)

Bad (Fire, smoke, reduced crops, travel ban, December freeze)


Here’s the guest line-up this week:

Lindsay Kelm – Acting Communications Director Wine Growers BC

DJ Kearney – Senior Wine Educator – Wine Director Terminal City Club

DJ Kearney

Ross Wise – Master of Wine/Winemaker Black Hills (South Okanagan)

Chris Tolley – Co-owner Moon Curser  (Osoyoos)

Cheis Tolley

Ryan DeWhite – Rust Wine Co (Golden Mile)

Steven Lane –    Sales and Marketing Mt Boucherie (Westside Wine Trail)

Lindsay O’Rourke – Co-owner/ Winemaker Tightrope Winery  (Naramata Bench)

Lindsay O’Rourke Tightrope Winery

David Patterson – GM and Winemaker Tantalus (SE Kelowna)

Brent Gushawaty – BC Pinot specialist

Kathy Malone – GM/Winemaker Hillside Winery

Kathy Malone Hillside

Chris Turyk – Unsworth Vineyards (Cowichan Valley)

Chris Turyk – Unsworth

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Swirl Part Two

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