Seven Wine Stars – Time to Buy BC. We can ALL help!
Christine Coletta – Co-founder Haywire Wines (Summerland)
Grant Stanley – Winemaker and GM of Spearhead – (East Kelowna) 2022 Best Small Winery in Canada.
Rhys Pender – Master of Wine and co-founder Little Farm Wines (Similkameen)
Kimberly Hundertmark – Executive Director Okanagan Wine Festivals (Fall Fest starts today)
Sandra Oldfield – Partner Elysian Projects and Organizer of Fortify Conference in Penticton Nov 15
Tim Pawsey – Writer and Wine Judge (Hired Belly)
Leslie D’Andrea – Co-founder and CEO Noble Ridge Winery (OK Falls)
If ever the BC Wine industry could use your support, it’s right now .
Farming and making wine is a long hard road during the growing season. The past farming year was hit with
wild fires, smoke, a December freeze that killed many vines and the MacDougall Creek Fire, one of the largest and most dangerous fires overlooking West Kelowna.
Then, at the height of the fires, the BC government shut down the highways into the Okanagan. Wine fans and tourists were asked to stay home.
They did stay home and when the roads opened again they either stayed home or went elsewhere.
The wineries, restaurants and accommodation business in the Okanagan lost weeks of customers and income.
The lost revenue and the reduced fruit crop has put a hurt on many small wineries. Some will be lost. Many are holding on hoping for a better year ahead.
Of course, now comes another challenge. The Alberta government has threatened to pull BC Wines from their store shelves. Yup. Another holdup at the border.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Have a listen to these BC Wine leaders. Lots of suggestions and much wise advice.
From buying BC wines for the near future and ordering a BC wine when dining.
Join a wine club. Shop on line. Gift your friends. Rethink new plantings!
Also the Winter Wine Events are on in the Okanagan. Now’s the perfect time to visit. Kimberly Hundertmark Executive Director gives us a primer on the events.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Vancouver International Wine Festival
The French Door Winery