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Tasting at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival.

We have a confession to make. As loyal and patriotic Canadians who are wine enthusiasts, we’ve previously struggled to find consistently great wine from our own country. But we’ve been beyond pleasantly surprised by the leaps and bounds with which the Canadian wine industry has taken in terms of quality and consistency in recent years. In September of 2017 AdVINEtures had the privilege of joining Her Honour Judith Gichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, on a 3 day trip to the Okanagan Valley to present her award to 12 wineries and more recently we were a guest of Delta Air Lines at the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) where Canada was the featured region. What has become abundantly clear is that Canadian wine is not only earning respect on the world wine stage, it deserves it.

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A Chance Meeting with Philippe Cambie

A Chance Meeting with Philippe Cambie


Posted on Feb 15, 2017

GrapesAt AdVINEtures we know we have been blessed with more than our fair share of good luck. Over the past few years we have been very fortunate to meet and taste with some of the top winemakers in the world. Any time you are able to meet, talk with, and learn from those people who are the very top of their game, you are very fortunate to get such an experience.

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Babcock Winery

Bryan Babcock

We first met Bryan Babcock, proprietor and winemaker at Babcock Winery a year ago when we visited Santa Barbara hosted by their tourist bureau, Visit Santa Barbara. They sent us to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, a very hip bar that pours a lot of very good local wine by the glass. We tasted 5 or 6 different Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara County. Our favourite of the tasting was the 2012 Babcock Pinot Noir Radical. We told that to the bartender who then informed us that Bryan Babcock was actually sitting just a few tables away and would we like to meet him? Of course! We were introduced, had a brief conversation and he invited us to come up to Lompoc and meet him at his winery the next time we were in the area. That Radical was so darn good we knew we had to get back and learn how he made such good wine and to taste the rest of his line up.

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Ribera del Duero Spain

Vineyards at Abadia Retuerte

Abadia Retuerta produces beautiful wines from estate vineyards that sit just outside the Ribera del Duero Denominacien Origen, or D.O., in Northern Spain. Though technically not in the Ribera del Duero D.O., it is on the Golden Mile, the stretch of road that hosts some of Ribera’s finest addresses: Vega Sicilia, Aalto, Pingus and Mauro. We toured Abadia Retuerta as a part of the Fine Vintage Ltd. Spain Wine Tour in September of 2016.

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Santa Barbara county

A vineyard at Babcock Winery in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills

The Sta. Rita Hills is a unique wine growing area that has proven itself to be one of the great viticultural areas for producing top quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. For those not familiar with the region, the first word in its name, “Sta.” must seem peculiar. As you probably guessed, it is an abbreviation for “Santa”, and the region is always spoken about as the Santa Rita Hills. But since 2005, it is written about only in its abbreviated form “Sta.”, due to a trademark claim made by a Chilean wine producer by the name of Vina Santa Rita. Sta. Rita Hills is a beautiful place to visit with its small towns that express their European heritage and rural charm nestled among beautiful rolling hills. Though top quality wines have been produced there for almost half a century, it is only recently that it has gained the recognition for producing world class wine that it richly deserves. This article will offer you some background information to help you understand what makes the Santa Rita Hills so special.

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Entrance

The entrance to Pesquara Winery

Pesquera is the jewel in the crown of Alejandro Fernandez’ collection of wineries in Ribera del Duero, the wine region of Northern Spain that is attracting a lot of attention. Fernandez, and his winery, are a big part of how that attention came to the region. Pesquera is one of the most prestigious wineries in Ribera and Alejandro Fernandez is its most famous resident, rightfully known as the “King of Tempranillo”, Spain’s greatest grape variety.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Primer

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Primer


Posted on Jan 4, 2017

Chateauneuf du pape

The view from the castle ruins

AdVINEtures recently spent 5 days in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the historic and beautiful wine region of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. The region is rich in history and the wines that it produces can be among the very best in France and the world. This primer will provide some of the background information about this region and will give some context to the future articles that we will be publishing about the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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