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A Beginner’s Guide to British Columbia’s Wines

A Beginner’s Guide to British Columbia’s Wines

A Beginner's Guide to British Columbia's Wines

A Beginner’s Guide to British Columbia’s Wines



British Columbia is Canada’s new up and coming wine region.


It’s Ontario’s west coast rival and like its main competitor, makes utterly brilliant wines. The heart of British Columbia’s wine country is the Okanagan Valley which lies just to the east of Vancouver.



Climate of Okanagan Valley


Okanagan Valley lies at a northerly latitude but experiences a rainshadow effect from the Coast Mountains. The result is a semi-arid climate that almost resembles a desert.


Because it’s so far up north, there’s plenty of sun which means grapes can get ripe while still maintaining their acidity, making them lovely with food.


The soils here are fantastically complex, which further enhances the complexity of the wines made here.



Vineyards of Okanagan Valley, Canada
Vineyards of Okanagan Valley


Wines of British Columbia


As far as grape varieties go, you’ll find whites like Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris as well as an array of reds like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.


Like other parts of Canada, hybrids are also planted in some of the vineyards of Okanagan Valley. Like Ontario, dry, still, sparkling, and dessert ice wines of all colours are produced here.


Outside of Okanagan Valley, there’s Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Fraser Valley, and Similkameen Valley.


The latter region is the second biggest after Okanagan, and is known for Bordeaux reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.


These are delicious wines which make for truly gorgeous pairings with food. What foods pair with the wines of British Columbia? Ask Winepicker  – the best food and wine pairing app for help!



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