John Clerides – photo by Marc Smith Vancouver wine lovers have depended upon the fantastic selection and top notch service of Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street for 27 years. Today the store announced that its long-awaited expansion is complete. Owner John Clerides is one of BC’s most passionate advocates of wine culture, and Marquis Wine […]
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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Have you sought out the wine experiences right in Vancouver’s “back yard”? If not, you are missing out. Thanks to the fine folks promoting the “Langley Passport” wine experience featuring wine tasting rooms at Township 7, Chaberton Winery, Vista D’Oro, Blackwood Lane, Backyard Vineyards, and Krause Family Berry Farm. Here are our photos from this […]
BC’s archaic liquor laws get a modest update during the 2013 Gran Fondo to Whistler, BC. GranFondo Whistler becomes a test event as province reviews strict liquor policy Report by Jennifer Palma, Global BC News One change at this year’s GranFondo Whistler has come as a result of a review of B.C.’s liquor laws. In […]
We get a first look at this new emerging wine region owned by Okanagan Crush Pad. Click the slide show images for larger versions.
The folks at the BC Wine Institute – and their marketing team at WineBC.com – outdo themselves each year, by bringing some of the best of the BC wine industry to a single venue. The fall event – which comes at a challenging time of year for winemakers gearing up for harvest – is called Colour. It […]
Among the thousands of photos, web posts, tweets and other documented experiences of our BC wine experiences, are the many Flickr albums we have assembled over the past 13 years, including those in our BC Wine Lover albums, and those in this collection from 2004 thru 2008. In this retrospective post we look at our […]
We love it when BC’s biggest media outlets give local wineries some much-deserved attention. Recently GlobalTV BC reporter Elaine Yong took a look at the BC VQA controversy in this report. The Vintner’s Quality Assurance wine standard elevated Canadian wine out of obscurity and gave consumers confidence to buy BC and Ontario wines. Today, however, […]
Van Westen winery tasting – photo by Grape Escapes A snapshot of what’s happening in BC wine country this week provided by Twitter. Note Sandra Oldfield’s next #BCWineChat is Wednesday at 8pm PT. RT @Tina_Faiz Comparing Pinot Noirs at @Quails_Gate. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon! #bcwine #yegfood pic.twitter.com/SaWr6QLHvy — Westside Wine Trail […]
Infographic provided by BC Wine Institute – click for larger version