We were graciously hosted by The British Columbia Wine Institute and Sommelier DJ Kearney, as we tasted wines from the BC VQA on Monday at the Intercontinental in San Francisco. in addition to a very thoughtful opening and presentation by BCWI’s Executive Director, Miles Prodan, we were excited to see some familiar faces in the industry, such as seasoned wine columnist Dan Berger.
Where is British Columbia anyway? British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, nestled in between Alaska to the north and Washington, Idaho and Montana to the south. In 1871, it became the sixth province of Canada. The BC Vintners Quality Alliance designation ensures that you’re purchasing 100% BC Wine. These wines are then tasted by a panel for quality. So clearly, there’s a level of prestige here, and I was excited to take my first swig.
There are 5 wine regions of the BC wine designation: Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands (click here for map and descriptions). The 10 wines we imbibed represented these regions. Among the standouts were the stellar Steller’s Jay Brut, the Quail’s Gate Pinot Noir, and my FAVORITE…the 2008 Nk’Mip Cellars QwAM QwMT Syrah. Pronounced “in-ka-meep”, Nk’Mip Cellars won the prestigious title of #1 winery in BC at the 2012 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards.
2007 Steller’s Jay Brut
2009 Quail’s Gate Winery | Stewart Family Reserve | Chardonnay
2009 Quail’s Gate Winery | Stewart Family Reserve | Pinot Noir
2010 Black Hills Estate Winery | Nota Bene
2008 Osoyoos Larose | Le Grand Vin
2009 Nk’Mip Cellars | QwAM QwMT Meritage
2010 Black Hills Estate Winery | Syrah
2008 | Nk’Mip Cellars | QwAM QwMT Syrah
2007 Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Riesling Icewine
2007 Summerhill Pyramid Winery | Pinot Noir Icewine