January 25 8-9pm PST: What’s Happening in BC Wineries this Week

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BC WINERIES THIS WEEK January 25, 2012

We all know that British Columbia wineries are a great vacation destination in the warmer spring, summer and fall months, but so much happens at the wineries in the middle of winter.  Here’s a great opportunity for consumers to find out what’s going on in the vineyards and cellars around the province this week.

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January 18 8-9pm PST: Meaning of Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable and Natural Wines in BC

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MEANING OF ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC, SUSTAINABLE AND NATURAL WINES IN BC  Jan 18

There are many resources for further reading on this wide-ranging topic.  With respect to certified organic grapes and wines the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society in Vernon, BC is a good resource.  It has links to the Canadian Organic Standards and Permitted Substances which are allowed in Canada.

Information of the biodynamic movement is found at Demeter-International.

Much work has taken place lately in BC with respect to creating sustainable practice guides for vineyards, wineries and winery hospitality.  The guides are now for self assessment but there are plans to make the program certified by a third-party auditor.

January 11 8-9pm PST: BCLDB and Licensing Regulations for BC Wineries

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BCLDB AND LICENSING REGULATIONS FOR BC WINERIES January 11, 2012

Many policies and regulations govern those who hold winery licenses in BC.  The Terms and Conditions for Winery Licenses in BC show some of these, but there are also interpretations of what are stated here as policies.

In addition there is the Liquor Distribution Act which gives the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) the sole right to purchase beverage alcohol both within BC and from outside the province, in accordance with the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act.

December 28 8-9pm PST: BC Wine Resolutions for 2012

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BC Wine Chat: BC Wine  Resolutions

Tell us what your BC Wine Resolution for 2012 is:

  • Is there a BC wine you’ve always wanted to try but for some reason (availability, price, etc) you have never had?
  • Maybe there is a BC wine touring region you have been itching to see
  • A government regulation or two you’d like to work at seeing eliminated
  • You want to expand your knowledge of BC wines and don’t know where to start.
  • You’re looking to change careers into, out of or within the BC wine industry

If you enjoy it.  If you grow it.  If you make it.  If you sell it.  This is the chat for you.