This week, and excellent article was published on GuildSomm by Kelli White, in which she details a ton of great information about the British Columbia wine regions. This is an area that is less well known to American wine drinkers, but is an area that comes up fairly regularly on test by WSET, CMS and MW.
This article runs through the history of the region, geo/climate aspects of the various regions involved as well as the current status of the Canadian and British Columbia wine industry. I always have note cards by my side when I read, and i pulled a few details from the article to add to my collection. I am adding these below and will post the answers up tomorrow. In the meantime you can read the article and get the full perspective on GuildSomm.com. If you are not a member and are int eh wine industry, you should consider joining - it has a ton of information, links and discussions - very well worth the small investment.
With regard to British Columbia, how may distinct wine making areas are there?
There are five GI's or Designated Viticultural Areas:
Gulf Island and Vancouver Island - Coastal
Similkameen and Okanagan Valley - Inland areas
Fraser Valley - this is an in between touristy area
With regard to the British Columbia VQA, detail the minimum percentage on the following for label use:
When was the first winery established in BC?
When were the first vines planted in BC and by whom?
1859 - French Catholic Missionaries, in the Okanagna Valley
I will add answers tomorrow and be including the cards in my Cram lists. In the meantime - enjoy this picture of the Okanagan Valley...
A 25 year drinks industry expert, Brian has worked on just about every side of the beverage business, specializing in wine & spirits education, staff training, creative consulting, and of course service. He lives and works in Connecticut, where the number of working Somm's is limited, but he hopes through the effort of this site and its related events, that will change.
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