Decanter’s Power List 2013: Globalization and China’s Continuing Rise

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The July issue of Decanter (the self-proclaimed “world’s best wine magazine”) is out and with it comes the Decanter Power List 2013 – a list of the 50 most powerful people in wine this year as determined by the magazine’s editors.

The Power List, which appears every other year, is great fun, both in the way that it spurs debate (my soccer-fan friends spend hours and hours debating similar lists for their sport) and because of the glimpse it offers into the way the world wine map is changing … or not.

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What does the 2013 list reveal? Well, the #1 most powerful man (only 15% of those on the list are women) is once again Pierre Pringuet, CEO of drinks multinational Pernod Ricard. There are bigger wine companies – Gallo (Gina Gallo is #17 on the list) and Constellation Brands (#5 Robert Sands) but it…

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What’s a Good Day?

The good life! Sandra Oldfield provides a peek into the day of a mom, wife, winemaker, viticulturist, etc Living life fully! @SandraOldfield

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Been so long since I’ve blogged but I’ve given up the guilt many year ago, so onward and upward.  Today I had a good day.   What’s a good day for me?  Well, I can tell you, days like this don’t happen often for me so I thought I’d blog about it.

  1. 7:00 AM Drove to the back of our vineyard to choose a Gewürztraminer vine for #Gewsday (a weekly chronicle of one vine on our property in 2013) with my 8YO daughter.  She was excited to pick the vine and we settled for Vine 5, Row 15 of GT-1 Block on our home vineyard at Tinhorn Creek. Good way to start.
  2. 7:50 AM 8YO safely on the bus for grade 3
  3. 8:00 AM Gave a safety orientation to a new cellar employee–a great new addition to our winery and getting off on the right foot.  All good still.
  4. 9:00-11:00…

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Podcast 132 – The Wineries of Bottleneck Drive and Summerland

Wine bloggers will converge in Penticton, BC this June. Here’s what they’ll discover – a diverse and beautiful wine region.

Wine Country BC

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Welcome to BC Wine 101, where I will focus in on a different wine region in each episode for anyone who is interested in learning about BC wine, including the wine bloggers who will be traveling to Penticton for the Wine Bloggers Conference coming up in June.

You can listen online here or download our podcast on iTunes.

Summerland is a great little town. I say that not because I grew up there (I didn’t), but I did live there for a short time when I first relocated to the Okanagan Valley. There’s an energy here that isn’t like other towns in the valley. The landscape around Summerland is extremely dynamic. There are wide valleys, high mountains, lakeshores, deep canyons, and huge silt bluffs all within town limits. And the most amazing part is that the town is located inside the remains of an extinct volcano. But that’s another…

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Wine by the Glass Redefined

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“Keggers” aren’t what they use to be!

We’re definitely not referring to some college party here. We’re talking about an extremely interesting trend taking place in the North American wine world: wine on tap!

Serving wines via a large format vessel is far from new. But technology, trade knowledge, winery embracement and consumer awareness equate to an exciting new period for wine programs.

Trends in the wine business come and go. The ones that stay often do so because they benefit a number of constituents. Wines-on-tap looks to be a game changer and for the very reason that all players in the biz and most importantly the customer see a huge amount of upside. Perhaps equally important is the unspoken benefactor, the environment.

We recently sat down with David Stansfield, sommelier and consulting wine guy in Vancouver, BC to get his take on wines-on-tap. David is leading the charge by shaping the programs for such cool sipping spots as Tap & Barrel and Vancouver Urban Winery. He also has his hands on some new projects in the ultra hip Pacific Northwest city. Be sure to keep an eye out for Bestie and Cuchillo located in Vancouver’s Chinatown and Railtown respectively.

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