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BC VQA. Or You Could Call it BC DNA. 

Launched on Saturday, July 11, BC VQA - Or You Could Call it BC DNA Buy Local program will appeal to British Columbians sense of local pride and drive home the message that when you choose a BC VQA Wine, you are enjoying a product that is 100% from British Columbia. The program will feature promotions in nearly 30 top Vancouver restaurants, 24 private wine stores in the Lower Mainland, and promotions and in-store tastings at BC Liquor Stores and BC VQA Wine Stores throughout the province.

To celebrate the launch of the program, BC VQA Wines were featured on the Global Morning News on Saturday, July 11 during their Saturday Sip segment and on Thursday, July 16 on Claire Newell's Travel Best Bets segment


Be sure to keep an eye out for the BC VQA - Or You Could Call it BC DNA commercials also on Global BC and Global Okanagan, as well as billboards throughout the Lower Mainland. For more information about the program, visit www.WineBC.com


Funding support provided, in part, by the BC Government's Buy Local Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the BC Ministry of Agriculture.


ENTER TO WIN | Multi-Region BC Wine Experience

As part of our BC VQA - Or you could call it BC DNA program, you could win a fabulous five-day wine tour for two exploring all that the Wines of British Columbia have to offer (valued at $5,600)! 


Day 1: Island-Hopping Wine Tour on Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands.


Day 2: The Great Estates Okanagan Valley Wine Tour.


Day 3: South Okanagan Valley Float Plane Wine Tour.


Day 4: Similkameen Valley River Float Wine Tour.


Day 5: Lake Country Stand-Up Paddle Board Wine Tour. 


To enter, simply:

  1. Take a photo of your favourite BC VQA wine, including the label on the bottle, paired with food
  2. Post it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BCVQAPourandPair


Contest ends December 31, 2015. For a full list of contest terms and conditions click here.

*Transportation included within British Columbia only.



Contest Sponsors: 
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Corcelettes Estate Winery
Experience Wine tours
Hester Creek Estate Winery
Kelowna Pete's Edventures
Marine Eco Tours
Okanagan Wine Country Tours
Great Estates Okanagan
Watermark Beach Resort

VISA INFINITE BC Wine Country Experiences
Chef Jamie Kennedy and Chef Mark Filatow 
at Tantalus Vineyards
The Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences go beyond the bottle, giving cardholders an insightful look into some of BC's most renowned wineries. Each partnering winery offers cardholders an exclusive benefit, including complimentary tastings, in-depth vineyard tours, behind-the-scenes winery tours, private barrel tastings, and discounts ranging from 10 to 20 per cent.  These benefits allow access to unique BC Wine Country Experiences, creating amazing memories to be enjoyed again and again each time a bottle of BC wine is opened.

Now in its fourth year, the 2015 program will feature a series of three long-table winery dinners, held at some of British Columbia's most breathtaking wineries. The long-table dining series kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a Celebration of Sustainable Seafood Dinner at Church and State Wines in Victoria. At this exclusive event, guests will enjoy culinary creations from four of the region's most passionate practitioners of eco conscious West Coast cuisine, led by renowned Chef Ned Bell (Executive Chef at YEW Restaurant, Four Seasons Vancouver). Each dish will be perfectly paired with a selection of award-winning wines from Church and State and other notable BC wineries.


Additional dining experiences this year will include a sumptuous multi-course dinner with chefs Rob Walker, Vikram Vij, Trevor Bird and Dilan Draper at the visually striking Liquidity Winery. In honour of the third annual British Columbia Pinot Noir Celebration, guests will be invited to meet and interact with Decanter Magazine's Steven Spurrier at the dinner.  Cardholders will be in for another treat as Canada's leading chefs unleash their combined skills for an incredible Okanagan feast drawing on pristine local ingredients to complement Burrowing Owl Estate Winery's spectacular wines and views in the last event of the dining series.


Each dinner will bring together top chefs from across the country, paired with some of the best wines BC has to offer. The culmination of the Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences program this year will be the BC Grand Okanagan Wine Country Weekend in September 25 to 27 in Kelowna.


Participating BC wineries:


Backyard Vineyards

Moon Curser Vineyards

Black Hills Estate Winery

Moraine Estate Winery

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Orofino Vineyards

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

Painted Rock Estate Winery

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Perseus Winery

Church & State Wines (Victoria)

Poplar Grove Winery

Church & State Wines (Oliver)

Quails' Gate Winery

Clos du Soleil Winery

Sandhill Estate Winery

Covert Farms Family Estate

See Ya Later Ranch

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Stag's Hollow Winery & Vineyard

Glenterra Vineyards

St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery

Inniskillin Okanagan & Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate

Tantalus Vineyards

Lake Breeze Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Lang Vineyards

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery (Naramata Bench)

Laughing Stock Vineyards

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery (Langley)

Nk'Mip Cellars

Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery

Liquidity Wines

40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery

Meyer Family Vineyards

50th Parallel Estate


This year's Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences program includes unique multi-course, multi-top chef dinners as well as the Grand Okanagan Wine Country Weekend where Visa Infinite cardholders will enjoy unforgettable evenings of perfect pairings. For more information about the events listed below, or to book your tickets, visit www.winebc.com/events/visa-infinite-wine-country-experiences.

EVENTS | Vancouver Food Cart Fest 

The Wines of British Columbia are proud to partner with The Sunday Local at Food Cart Fest 2015 to bring some of BC's top wineries together with Vancouver's best food trucks for some outstanding local wine and food pairings.


Now in its fourth year running, Food Cart Fest is excited to now be able to offer attendees local libations as part of the popular festival. The Sunday Local at Food Cart Fest features live music along with local BC VQA wineries, craft brewers and spirit producers. This new area promises to make the festival more vibrant and add a lot of excitement to the overall event.


Throughout the 11-week festival, running until September 6, over 20 BC wineries will be featured on rotation each week, giving attendees a true taste of British Columbia.


Participating Wineries: 


Backyard Vineyards

Misconduct Wine Co.

Bench 1775 Winery

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

Monte Creek Ranch Winery

Calliope Wines

Moon Curser Vineyards

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Niche Wine Co.

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Nobel Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Hester Creek Estate Winery

Prospect Winery

Hillside Winery & Bistro

St. Hubertus Estate Winery

LaStella Winery

Tantalus Vineyards

Le Vieux Pin Winery

TerraVista Vineyards


Upper Bench Estate Winery


Food Cart Fest takes place every Sunday from June 28 to September 6 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at 215 West 1st Avenue (Along the Seawall, Under the Cambie Bridge). Admission is $2.50, and free for Vancity members or with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. For more information, visit www.foodcartfest.com

EVENTS | ChefmeetsBCGrape
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place, Ballrooms A, B and C
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM 

Join the Arts Club and the Wines of British Columbia at the 11th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series, the largest tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver! 


This enticing evening features 90 BC wineries pouring over 350 award-winning BC VQA Wines alongside 15 restaurants pairing sweet and savoury dishes to showcase the best of BC! 

$80 early bird (until Aug 3)

$90 regular (from Aug 4)

$70 for groups of 10 or more (must be purchased at one time by phoning box office at 604.687.1644. Valid until Aug 3, or while supplies last.) 


For more information about this exciting event, click here. 

WINERY EVENTS | Wine. Dine. Music. Yoga. 

There is certainly no shortage of events in wine country this summer! Below are a few of the highlights, but for a full list of events please visit WineBC.com



Harvest Table at Quails' Gate Winery

July 25

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Concert Series Reuben in the Dark

July 25

Telus Sunset Concert Series at CedarCreek - Emerson Drive

July 30

Long Table Dinner at Mission Hill Family Estate

August 1

Piggy's BBQ supper at Covert Farms

August 2

1.6 Mile Dinner at Orofino Vineyards

August 7

Galiano Wine & Beer Festival

August 8

A Midsummer's Night Dream at Black Hills

August 8

8th Annual Okanagan Feast of Fields

August 16

BC Pinot Noir Celebration

August 22

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Concert Series - Yukon Blonde

August 22

Naramata Bench Tailgate Party

September 12

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Concert Series - The Trews

September 12

Joy Road Thursday Alfresco Vineyard Dinners with a Winemaker

August 13, September 3, September 10

Telus Sunset Concert Series at CedarCreek  - Tom Cochrane with Red Rider

August 26 & 27

Bard on the Bench: Twelfth Night at Township 7

August 7-9

Yoga in the Vineyard at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Every Saturday until August 29

Sunset Yoga & Wine at CedarCreek

Every Thursday until September 1

Vibes at the Vine - Vibrant Vine Concert Series

Every Sunday until September 6

Stamp Mill Hike at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Every 2nd Friday from June 2 to September 25

AWARDS | BC Wines Win Big on the World Stage
The Wines of British Columbia have been making quite the mark this awards season, winning several major awards at prestigious international competitions. 


Regional Trophy Winners

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2012 Platinum Block 2 Pinot Noir

Inniskillin Okanagan Estate 2012 Riesling Icewine 

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2006 Steller's Jay Pinnacle 


San Francisco International Wine Competition

Best Malbec

Church & State 2012 Coyote Bowl Malbec


Double Gold 

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Merlot

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Grand Reserve Riesling



Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2012 Athene

Inniskillin Okanagan 2012 Dark Horse Vineyard Riesling Icewine

Inniskillin Okanagan 2012 Riesling Icewine

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2013 Reserve Series Riesling Icewine

Lulu Island Winery 2013 Riesling Chardonnay Icewine

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Reserve Vidal Icewine 

Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Best of Class, Gold Medal

Backyard Vineyards 2014 Riesling

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery 2014 Auxerrois

Lake Breeze Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

Mission Hill Family Estate 2012 Late Harvest Vidal

Mission Hill Family Estate 2013 Merlot Icewine

Noble Ridge Estate Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay

Sandhill 2014 Osprey Ridge Vineyard Viognier

Whistler 2013 Riesling Icewine

To view the full list of awards, click here

Kamloops Wine Trail
Monte Creek Ranch Winery


The Kamloops Wine Trail brings together a group of four local wineries pioneering a new wine region in the Thompson Valley area of British Columbia. With a pioneering spirit and a keen observation for precise growing conditions, the four member wineries are producing a future of award winning wines in a region ripe for discovery.


Similar to the stories that you share over wine with family and friends each of these family owned wineries have a story to tell. The stories that work their way in to every bottle may start with the natural environment and end with how a vineyard was born. From train robberies to cattle drives, inquisitive bears to Christmas trees, the stories and the wines of Kamloops are as unique as the people who craft them. 


Quick Facts:  

  • Number of licensed wineries: Four (Harper's Trail Estate Winery, Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Privato Vineyard & Winery and Sagewood Winery)
  • Number of vineyards: Six
  • Acres under vine: 78 acres
  • Top planted white grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris,


  • Top planted red grapes: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Marechal Foch, Marquette

Kamloops is blooming into one of British Columbia's prime tourism destinations. Easily accessible, there are infinite possibilities for outdoor adventure, as well as a thriving artistic and culinary culture, making it the perfect place for your next wine getaway! 


Want to visit the Kamloops Wine Trail? 
Use the Trip Planner to browse wineries, get directions and share your trip!

PERFECT PAIRINGS | Summer Seafood 

PiDGiN Restaurant

In time for BC's Spot Prawn season, we've scored a recipe from Vancouver's acclaimed PiDGiN Restaurant courtesy of Executive Chef Shin Suzuki that is perfectly paired with the Bartier Bros. Semillon


Grilled Spot Prawns with Crispy Garlic & Yuzu Kosho Persillade


3 spot prawns 

8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

200 ml olive oil

12 grams dill

8 grams Italian flat parsley

8 grams coriander (cilantro) leaf

8 grams chives 

2 jalapeño, with seeds

6 grams sea salt, coarse

15 grams yuzu kosho paste (can be found at most Asian grocery stores)

15 ml lemon juice

30 ml sherry vinegar



Soak skewers for 20 minutes in warm water, then pierce spot prawns with skewers so they keep a straight-line. Fry garlic in a pot with oil at 160 Celcius. Once garlic is golden and crispy, strain immediately and dry garlic chips on paper towel. Season with salt.


Set aside 50 ml of leftover garlic oil in a bowl to use for basting, and leave the remaining amount to cool. To make persillade, mince herbs and jalapeños, and mix with salt, yuzu kosho paste, add leftover cooled garlic oil. Season with sherry vinegar, lemon juice and more salt to taste.   


Grill spot prawns over a medium flame on a barbecue, and continually baste with the remaining garlic oil. Remove the skewers gently without breaking the body. Serve with persillade and crispy garlic - enjoy!


Enjoy alongside a refreshing glass of 2013 Bartier Bros. Semillon.



The Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery


Baked Oliver Char with Parsley Crust, Roasted Potatoes, Side Strip Shrimp and Caper Lemon Emulsion 


The Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Winery's newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Damian Mischkinis has provided a stunning recipe to go with their Burrowing Owl Chardonnay 2012.




6 x 5 oz. Oliver Char (can be purchased at cod fathers in Kelowna or substitute Arctic Char)

4 Tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


For parsley crust

100 grams softened unsalted butter

50 grams minced garlic

35 grams aged cheddar grated

300 grams parsley picked and washed

20 grams mint picked and washed

60 grams panko bread crumbs


Method for the crust

Place all ingredients into a food processor and puree until smooth and green

roll between two pieces of parchment paper until 1/4 cm thick

refrigerate until set (this can be made a day before required)

cut into perfect shapes to fit the fish fillet



8 fingerling potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes (cooked in salted water until tender)

16 pieces side strip shrimp (peeled)

30 grams capers (rinsed)

80 grams unsalted butter

1/4 cup lemon juice

10 grams chopped parsley


Method for the dish

Place fish on to parchment paper lined baking tray and season with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place into a 400 degrees oven and allow to cook for 5-6 minutes until just cooked and slightly pink inside.  Add crust on top of fish for the last few minutes until it melts and warms through.    

Meanwhile in a sauté pan, roast potatoes in 1/2 of the butter until golden and butter browns slightly.  Add capers and fry for 30 seconds and then add lemon juice as well as shrimp.   


Slowly add the remaining butter into the sauce to form an emulsion and add chopped parsley, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.


Enjoy with a rustic garlic baguette and glass of 2012 Burrowing Owl Chardonnay!


Find a Perfect Pairing Recipe for any occasion on WineBC.com.