Vote Sustainable with your next wine purchase

What if I told you that you may be paying more for that bottle of BC wine than the price tag? The amount and nature of the environmental impact of producing that wine must also be factored. We are fortunate that many wineries in BC practice sustainable agriculture. By purchasing BC wines that are sustainable you are supporting that wine and how it is made.

What is a sustainable wine? Many wine consumers have different ideas that come to mind. In reality a sustainable wine or winery is one that considers all aspects of the environment that it impacts and develops best practices in all areas.

Let’s look at a couple of examples here in BC. Water during the summer months in the South Okanagan is a precious commodity so reducing the amount water used in irrigation is of utmost importance. Water efficient irrigation systems, flow meters and water capture and recycling can reduce the amount of water used in a vineyard significantly.

Healthy vineyards are not only good for the environment but also produce superior fruit and therefore increase wine quality. Pests (rodents, bears, deer and elk and some insects), weeds and wildlife have to be controlled, however using chemical sprays and poisons and traps only add to environmental destruction. A sustainable winery uses alternate methods to manage these threats to the vines.

Sustainability does not end with vineyards but also extends to the winery itself. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified wineries building are insulated to prevent heat loss, use recycled building materials, install daylighting and operable windows to facilitate air flow, and other environmentally friendly features.

A friend of mine told me that he had once visited a vineyard in California where the rows of vines were immaculate and there were no trace of weeds, insects or sounds. He didn’t know how troubling it was until later that day he visited an organic vineyard that was alive with bees, other insects and wildlife all interacting with the natural ecosystem surrounding the vineyard. One vineyard was the living dead, the other full of life.

By purchasing sustainable wines you are supporting the future prosperity of the planet and ensuring great wines will be available for thousands of years. Support the following wineries in BC that practice sustainable winemaking: St. Hubertus, Baille-Grohman, Tinhorn Creek, Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerhill Pyramid and Tantalus. The future is our choice, make it a wise one.

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Best of BC Uncorked Wine tasting to showcase new wineries!

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In British Columbia there are presently over 220 wineries and this number is growing rapidly as more grape growers are establishing wineries to produce their own wines. This results in hundreds of new wines and brands available to ever discerning consumers.

We are pleased to announce that the Spring 2014 BC Uncorked food and wine festival is featuring a number of new wines and wineries from across British Columbia. This includes wineries from Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan Valley and Lillooet.

The selection of wines available for tasting is equally impressive. These include sparkling wines, white wines, red wines, fruit wines, dessert wines and even samples from BC’s first Meadery (honey wines). This event is sure to widen your palate and increase your enjoyment of the range and quality of wines this great province has to offer the discriminating wine consumer.

Join us in this celebration of outstanding BC wines on May 31st, 2014 at Heritage Woods SS beginning at 7pm. Ticket sales support the Port Moody Art Centre and are available online and on your phone at http://www.bcuncorked.ca, by phone at 604-931-2008, or in person at 2425 St John’s Street in Port Moody.

Value Wines of the Week

Santa Rita, Heroes, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile
This is no sugar and oak bomb. A serious, fresh style of wine with red currant fruit and blackberry aromas which lead to a savory, toasty cedar bouquet and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Medium bodied, dry and integrated fine tannins for this price point. Burger and bbq sausage wine. Sells for $15 at selected private wine stores, special at Port Moody Private Liquor Store for $11.99.
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Oyster Bay, Pinot Grigio 2012, New Zealand.
Hints of tropical melon and apricot intermingled with apple and lime on the nose. A juicy, refreshing drier style and medium bodied. This white would work well for a clam or seafood bake at the beach! At Private and Government Stores priced at $17.99-$20.00. Special at Port Moody Private Liquor Store at $16.99.Stock up for the summer it’s going to be a hot one!
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Easter Value Wines for your friends and family

Time again for Easter dinner with friends and family. Here are a few suggestions on some excellent value wine matches for under $17.

1775 Chill, an excellent Okanagan blend of four different grapes, off dry, fruity and just darn gosh delicious. Pair with easter turkey or seafood dishes. Available at Port Moody Private Liquor Store for only $13.99.

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Red Rooster Riesling BC, lemon, lime, floral, apple flavors wrapped in an off dry style. Perfect for that Easter ham! $16.99 at BC Liquor Stores.

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Cono Sur Organic Pinot Noir, Chile. Soft and silky tones of cherries, raspberry mint and earthy dried herbs. Ideal for Turkey, ham or roasted chicken. $15.49 available at Port Moody Private Liquor Store or BC Liquor Stores.
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Shot in the Dark , Cab/Shiraz, Australia. Dark fruits and hints of spice, juicy and fresh ideal for your Easter Lamb dishes. Available at BC Liquor Stores or Port Moody Private Liquor Store ,only $13.99!

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