Grapes are not a new crop in the Okanagan. In 1860, Father Charles Pandosy founded a Catholic mission in Kelowna, midway along the lake, and planted the province’s first vineyard. Over time, a wine industry evolved — much maligned, and deservedly so — sustained by protectionist trade policies. But when new agreements opened Canada to imports of good,...
When most people think of great American wine regions, the West Coast usually tops the list. But one of the loveliest wine countries hides in the east, in Virginia, where world-class wineries ply their craft in a rolling landscape rich in colonial history.
Previously, if you could find them, Chilean wines were noteworthy more for their low cost and unremarkable character. Now, walk into any good wine merchant and you will find an intriguing selection of Chilean wines that are still attractively priced but can easily hold their own among bottles from other countries.
In the signature line of his emails, Andrew Harper's wine concierge, Hal Oates, includes a short blurb from the Bible: "Wine to gladden the heart of man." That sentiment is shared not only by Oates, but also by the growing number of travelers who head off in search of great wine destinations year after year.
Not long after our 2009 trip to Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, the eco-friendly Allison Inn & Spa opened in the town of Newberg, about 45 minutes south of Portland. So at the end of our recent road trip along the Oregon Coast, we turned inland for an incognito visit.
Wine is now being produced in Ontario with increasing success. Many of the restaurants we visited had lengthy by-the-glass lists, which meant that it was easy to sample a wide variety of bottlings.