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Thursday, June 14 2018

Top 10 : Unique Grapes in BC

By: Treve Ring
Move by merlot & pass on pinot gris to try these adventurous grapes grown in BC

Merlot and pinot gris are the most planted red and white grapes in BC.

This is followed quickly thereafter by chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, gewürztraminer and riesling. Sound familiar? Chances are, if you drink BC wine, these grapes would be in the mix. Time to mix it up; more than 80 different wine grapes are planted in our province. BC's relative youth and adventuresome spirit work in our (drinkers') favour, with wineries able to plant and experiment with new-to-here grapes. Stag's Hollow, Moon Curser, Terravista Vineyards are amongst those leaders who have pioneered with commercial bottlings of arneis, dolcetto, verdejo, carmenère, grenache and others. There are thousands of wine grape varieties available; why limit yourself to five or six?

This week's Top Ten looks at our favourite BC wines made from rarely seen (here) grapes.

Written By: TR
Treve Ring
Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a writer, editor, judge, consultant, educator and certified sommelier based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. After completing her Art History degree with Distinction from the University of Victoria and being exposed to the world of wine business at Christie's in London, England, she switched gears, leaving the realm of art for the world of wine.