Quick Guide to BC Merlot

One of the few red grapes BC actually excels at is Merlot! It’s BC’s most planted grape with roughly 641 hectares (1,585 acres) covering the province. It hasn’t really increased much in plantings lately according to BC Wine Trends. Last year the BC Wine Group Council released its survey in tonnage – 5530.19 tons of Merlot picked in BC accounting for just over 16.5% of all grapes (35% of red grapes) in the province.

You can often find it produced as a single varietal or in a Bordeaux style red blend with Cab Sauv & Cab Franc. Cabernet Franc is actually one of the parent varietals to Merlot!

In typical fashion, BC Merlot tends to be medium to full body, medium tannins and flavours that include red fruit, black cherry, plum, chocolate and violet. Overall these grapes produce soft and easy drinking reds worthy of many food pairings. 

Some wineries to check out are Bordertown, Hillside, Lock & Worth, Quails Gate & Upper Bench

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  • Galiano Wine and Beer Festival
    1:00 PM-4:00 PM
    August 10, 2019

    The main fundraiser for the Galiano Health Care Society on Galiano Island. The 27th Annual Galiano Wine and Beer Tasting Festival promises to be a sell-out again this year. Come for an afternoon of tasting your favourite brews or some wines that are new to you. Enjoy vibrant conversations and delicious finger foods (incl). Don’t forget our 50/50 draw and silent auction – all to support the Health clinic.

    Location

    Galiano Lions Park

    992 Burrill Road

    Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0

  • Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival
    6:00 PM-10:00 PM
    August 10, 2019

    The Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival public tasting is open to up to 55 different wineries from Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Up to 150 different wines will be poured. Also participating will be two local distilleries and at leastone Northwest brewery.

    Small-plate food samples from eight Whatcom County restaurants will also be available in the V.I.P. Lounge, Grand Ballroom, and Hydration Lounge.

    A wine cellar and other wine-related gift packages will be auctioned during the evening.

    NEW THIS YEAR! During the event, wine orders will be taken and available for post-Festival purchase with pick-up at or delivery from Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants in Bellingham.

    This event is made possible, in part, from City of Bellingham Tourism and Whatcom County Tourism grants.

    Tickets $50.00 – $75.00

    Location

    Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center

    714 Lakeway Drive

    Bellingham, WA 98229

    United States

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  • Steveston Beer Fest
    7:00 PM-9:30 PM
    August 24, 2019

    O’Hare’s GastroPub and Liquor Store is pleased to announce the annual Steveston Beer Fest to be held at the historic Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, British Columbia on Saturday, August 24th 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Part proceeds from this event will support the Richmond Christmas Fund and other local non profit groups. The Beer Fest will host approximately forty booths and will showcase craft beer from British Columbia, the United States and other countries from around the world. This event is intended to entice those that are new to craft beer as well as the experienced palate. Further updates on the event can be found on our Facebook page and Twitter @StevestonBeer

    We ask attendees to drink responsibly and to plan a safe ride home in advance.

    Partial proceeds from this event goto The Richmond Christmas Fund and other local charities.

    Price $55.00

    *Tickets includes Craft beer & food samples from local Steveston Merchants

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    The Gulf of Georgia Cannery

    12138 Fourth Avenue

    Richmond, BC V7E

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