June 24th, 2017 – National Aboriginal Week in Canada


It’s The Island Icons Pinot Noir Celebration in the Cowichan Valley. We take you there to join  the winemakers.

And it’s National  Aboriginal Week in Canada. We talk to Justin Hall at North America’s  first Aboriginal owned winery Nk’ Mip and  the first  Osoyoos Nation winemaker.


 Island Icons. The first Pinot Noir Celebration


Today at Averill Creek it’s the first  Pinot Noir Celebration.


Cowichan winemakers believe that they are perfectly suited to make a name for themselves with the heartbreak grape.

All day today they will salute Pinot Noir.

A seminar at 11 with John Schreiner.

Meet the Makers from Noon to 4PM. Sample your heart out.

and a sold out Long Table Dinner with Bill Jones from Deerholme Farm.

Bill Jones


Guests include:

Mike Nierychlo – Emandare  www.emandarevineyard.com

Michelle Schulze – Venturi Schulze www.venturischulze.com

Andy Johnson – Averill Creek  www.averillcreek.ca

Xavier Bonilla – Cherry Point Estate Wines  www.cherrypointestatewines.com

Zac Brown – Alderlea  www.alderlea.com

Mark Holford – Rocky Creek  www.rockycreekwinery.ca


Wednesday was National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Also National Aboriginal Week.

Nk’Mip cellars Justin Hall & Randy Picton

Most of you know that Nk’Mip is not only North America’s  first Aboriginal owned winery, it’s also Winery of the Year in Canada at Intervin International wine awards.

Randy Picton has always been the winemaker there but he’s been mentoring Justin Hall, a band member and the future of the winery.

We find Justin in the winery  and immensely proud to be the first Osoyoos band member to be named winemaker.



John Schreiner – Icon Wines of BC

Bloom – New releases from BC VQA  Wineries

Skitchine Lodge – 6th annual fishing, food, wine and um wine gathering

Cider Special