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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  • Steveston Ciders & Sours Fest
    2:30 PM-5:00 PM
    July 6, 2019

    Furthering the success of last years Steveston Ciders and Sours Fest, O’Hare’s GastroPub and Liquor Store is delighted to be doing it again!  The second annual Ciders and Sours festival will be held at the historic Seine Net Loft at Britannia Shipyards. This Festival will host approximately thirty five booths and will showcase local craft ciders and craft ‘sour-style’ beers. You will have the opportunity to sample some of the best Ciders & Beers BC has to offer.  This is one event you do not want to miss!

    Tickets $55.00

    *Tickets include Craft Cider & Craft Beer Samples – small bites to compliment the Ciders & Sours

    PLEASE NOTE – this event is held at a different venue from Beer & Wine Fest!

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  • Paella, Wine & Live Music 2019
    11:30 AM-3:00 PM
    July 28, 2019

    Join us for delicious paella prepared by our guest Chef. The event is from 11:30am-3:00pm with live music, paella (a famous Portuguese dish) prepared by a local chef and wine tasting, overlooking the community of Oliver, BC. It’s the perfect way to spend your afternoon.

    Tickets are $25 + tax & fees.

    Date And Time

    Sun, 28 July 2019

    11:30 AM – 3:00 PM PDT

    Location

    Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery

    6094 Black Sage Road

    Oliver, BC V0H 1T8

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