John Schreiner

July 22nd, 2023 John Schreiner-Good Grog: A life in wine and journalism!



 “ I was a friend to the BC wine industry before they had any friends.”


John Schreiner is the Dean of Wine Writers in Canada.

Good Grog: A life in wine and journalism is John’s 22nd book.

The journalism chapters of Good Grog take us from  newsrooms such as The Regina Leader Post all the way  The Financial Post.

John travelled the World filing stories on the economies of nations and their industries.

When wine took over his interest and passions, John went back to some of  those  same countries to taste and report on their wines.


Profile: John Schreiner - Wine Adventures Magazine

John Schreiner

The Jack Webster award for Excellence in Business Reporting  and the 2017 “the national winner for Canada”  Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the category of New World Wine Book.

John’s research into World Wines took him from BC to the US, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Best of all, John was the right guy, in the right place,  at the right time.  He  not only watched the BC wine industry grow and get much better with each harvest but through his reporting  he was also very much a part of building the industry.

I was fascinated by the parade of “characters” John engaged with over the years.

From the business side,  a mix of BS  and Billionaires. On the wine side,  the builders, the grifters and the legends.

TDM, John Schreiner, Brent Gushowaty after a day of  blind tasting Pinots.


Characters such as:

Sam Baptiste

Joe Busnardo

Ben Ginter vs Anthony von Mandle

Harry McWatters

Jim Pattison

And many more.


Enjoy this special edition of Tasting Room Radio. Saluting the life and triumphs of John Schreiner.



Fort Berens

The Sipster 2


Hester Creek


Painted Rock









September 14th 2013


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This week: 14 BC wineries pour their latest releases and the Dean of Canadian Wine Writers John Schreiner ..shares his tasting notes.
Okanagan Crush Pad



It’s the annual Colour BC VQA Fall Release Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre
Take a BC wine journey through the growing wine regions of British Columbia!
The largest annual tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver, this event hosted 75 BC wineries, showcasing more than 300 BC VQA wines.
We are so pleased to present the talented people behind the wines. We hope you have fun as you discover their new fall releases.
There was ONE other question that I asked most of the people below.
Some very surprising comments came back my way.
For years many of these same wineries were in denial.
Either ducked or wouldn’t answer the question
The new BC wines pour their latest in Vancouver.
The Bartier Boys
Michael Bartier Bartier Bros/Okanagan Crush Pad. Perhaps the busiest winemaker in BC
Ian Sutherland Poplar Grove/Monster Vineyards Between Poplar Grove and Monster.. .enough wine for everyone!
Kelowna Vineyards
Jay Drysdale – Bella Ah bella.. Bella!!! Bella!!!!!!! Love that Bubble
Richard DeSilva – Misconduct Pair his wines with Chef Abul Adame and its Heaven
Randy Picton – Nk Mip The one and only Winemaker Nk Mip has had. Solid and very talented.
Randy Picton Nk Mip
Graydon Ratzlaff – Recline Ridge Amazed how good their pours were.
Adrian Cassini – Cassini Cellars Built a beautiful winery south of Oliver. To showcase his award wining wines.
Mike Raffan – Township 7 T7 in two locations. Naramata bench and just outside Vancouver.
BC Vineyards
Bill Eggert – Fairview Cellars Troublemaker who makes complex, thoughtfull wines.
Ezra CipesSummerhill One of the most popular wine destinations anywhere.
Ezra Cipes. 2nd from left
James Cambridge – Backyard Vineyards James brings his talents from Le Vieux Pin. It’s all good
Marty Farrell – Clos du Soleil Great circle of friends, working together. Ace in the Hole? Winemaker Ann Sperling
Helene Pannekoek – Fort Berens in Lillooet. One of the new wine regions in BC. Amazing Reisling.
Nirmal and Pinki Gidda – Mt Boucherie They own over 300 acres. Half the room has sought their grapes and its Pinki’s first interview
John Schreiner – Author. The Dean of Canadian Wine Writers. He reveals his tasting notes on several wines.
John Schreiner



Sean Heather. First question, which do you have more of Children or Restaurants.
The man behind Irish Heather, Salt tasting Rooms, Judas Goat. Shebeen, Salty Tongue etc.
One of which he sold this week.
The Cowichan Valley Wineries throw a party
Niagara presents its 62 annual Fall Wine Festival
Balbo Argentina