Stacey and I were invited on a bus excursion from downtown Vancouver to Lillooet, BC, as guests of the owners of Fort Berens Estate Winery, ostensibly to see their new facility up-close and attend their grand opening. What the all-day adventure became was a fantastic window on the challenges and opportunities wine-making provides to drive […]
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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The following report was originally published at Vancouver Sun and Huffington Post Canada. The annual meeting of Canada’s premiers at the Council of the Federation conference in Charlottetown recently was dominated by the topic of interprovincial trade. It is argued that Canada’s economic growth is stunted by a “perfect storm of dumb” — as federal Industry […]
Canada’s federal government are campaigning for more open trade between provinces Liquor monopolies and inter-provincial trade barriers that allow them are making headlines this week, and it’s no surprise that wine producers are taking notice. The C.D. Howe Institute report released this week titled Uncorking a Strange Brew: The Need for More Competition in Ontario’s Alcoholic […]
One of our best trips yet — including a fantastic hayride/winery tour at Covert Farms in Oliver, BC. Our photo album of images from our 2014 BC wine country travel
Thanks, John Skinner. Painted Rock wines are setting the bar for B.C. reds!
Rolf de Bruin (l), Heleen Pannekoek & fellow owners of Fort Berens Winery Fort Berens Estate Winery is the first winery in Lillooet, BC. It is located on a sage-brush covered bench at the base of the Fraser Canyon’s snow-capped mountains. Where is Lillooet, you ask? It is about 300 hundred kilometres due west of BC’s […]
Winemaker Sandor Mayer Of all the people you meet in BC wine country, few have the true salt of the earth quality of winemaker Sandor Mayer. When we first began our Okanagan wine travels a decade ago with our then 2-year old daughter in tow, it was the Inniksillin Okanagan winery that first made us […]
A business trip took me recently to the city of Kelowna, BC, and with a couple hours to spare before my evening flight I wondered how to pass the time before takeoff. The Okanagan always tempts me to seek out new wines, and I was not to be disappointed in my quest. Just minutes away […]
Concrete tanks at OK Crush Pad. Photo by Lionel Trudel. One of our favourite stops now on our Okanagan wine travels is to see the progress at Okanagan Crush Pad (@OKCrushPad). In June 2012 we got our first up close look at their Summerland, BC facility, and have made several stops since. Last August we […]