Our final day on the road, on the way home… We pass through the Similkameen Valley on our way back from Osoyoos. The area is known for its agriculture, and in recent years is getting a reputation for its very good grape harvests. We had time for one stop, and thanks to a recommendation from […]
About Mike Klassen
Mike is a communications and public affairs professional in addition to being a BC wine industry advocate. He and his wife Stacey launched the BC Wine Lover brand in 2007 to share stories about their experiences with people, places and wines on their BC wine country travels. In 2015, Mike was hired as Executive Director of the BC Wine Appellation Task Group, and undertook a comprehensive industry-wide consultation involving hundreds of stakeholders to reform regulations governing wine-making in B.C. The resulting recommendations were overwhelmingly endorsed through a plebiscite, and are leading to the creation of new sub-appellations in the province. In addition to his blog, Mike’s articles on BC wine have been featured in Huffington Post, Vancity Buzz (now Daily Hive), and Vancouver Sun. Mike now works for BC Care Providers Association as Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, and continues to be engaged on the future of Canada’s wine industry.
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Day 2 of our Southern Exposure June wine tour focuses on a quick trip up to Okanagan Falls, BC, working back to the Golden Mile. Here are our impressions of the wineries we visited on this day. See Ya Later Ranch (Hawthorne Mountain) See Ya Later Ranch (Hawthorne Mountain) See Ya Later Ranch, also known […]
Southern Exposure 2007 Wine Tour: Day One Nk'Mip Cellars Nk’Mip Cellars It's been a couple of summers since we visited Nk'Mip Cellars, and it looks like their golf course and resort building are complete. Nk'Mip counter staff are always courteous and knowledgeable about their wines, and the new restaurant looks very inviting. Next time we're […]
Check out our little slideshow of wine picks from our Southern Exposure trip. Stay tuned for our individual comments about these wines and wineries. Here’s the list of picks below: Blasted Church Gewürztraminer 2006 Desert Hills Gamay Noir 2006 Desert Hills Gewürztraminer 2006 Fairview Cellars Cabernet Merlot 2005 Golden Mile Cellars Chardonnay 2005 Golden Mile […]
Discovering wines and wine destinations in the South Okanagan, June 2007 A short photographer (at Burrowing Owl) The weather on the coast during the past 6 months has been downright dreary. Getting out to the radiant warmth of the South Okanagan, with temperatures tipping into the high 30s (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) in Osoyoos was […]
We're back home after a fantastic short trip to the Okanagan, where temperatures in Osoyoos reached record highs. We love the heat, and having a glass of Pinot Gris to cool you down. We'll post up our BC Wine Lover picks that we purchased on this trip, and share explorations and conversations shortly. Stay tuned!
BC Wine Lover will be taking time to taste the treats of the south Okanagan over the weekend. We’re calling it our “Southern Exposure.” Not sure how much access to wireless internet we’ll get in Osoyoos, but we’ll do our best to write about the highlights of our trip. As you’ll be able to tell […]
Some recent purchases that we've been sipping with friends, or with meals. Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc 2005 Red Rooster Bantam 2005 Arrowleaf Pinot Noir 2004 Joie Noble Blend 2006 Joie Reisling 2006 Joie Unoaked Chardonnay 2006 Hawthorne Mountain Cabernet Franc 2004 See Ya Later Jimmy My Pal 2005 Lake Breeze Cabernet Merlot 2004 Wild Horse […]
The Joie Collection What a treat to receive our bottles of Joie wine. We ordered straight from Michael & Heidi at www.joiefarm.com, and picked up the case (a mix of their 4 wines) in town. We'll give our tasting notes in the weeks ahead.