September 16th, 2017-Is the Okanagan for Sale?


Is the Okanagan for Sale?


Seattle Urban Wineries pour in SoDo. (South of Dome)




Headline of the Week..check that… YEAR!!

GRIMSBY, Ont. — “Andrew Peller Ltd. said Monday it has signed deals to acquire three B.C. wineries for a combined price of $95 million.

Is the Okanagan for Sale?

The Ontario-based wine producer says it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery and a letter of intent to acquire Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.”

.Yes, everyone knew Black Hills was up for sale and Grey Monk was on the market but Tinhorn Creek being included was surprising.

Also that three wineries were changing hands was the real surprise.

 So..what does this all mean for BC wines and the BC wine consumer?

Let’s find out from:

 DJ Kearney –

Bill Eggert – Fairview Cellars 

Joseph Luckhurst – Road 13  

Chris Turyk – Unsworth

Christine Coletta – Okanagan Crush Pad/Haywire


Seattle Urban Wineries


A sweet secret even some locals haven’t discovered.

Photo: Sean Hoyt/Courtesy of Blanton Turner

SODO Wine Co-op at SODO Urbanworks

Washington state wineries came to the realization that it’s tough to sell Seattle wines from Walla Walla and Yakima.

So, they searched for a building to call home. Downtown.

What they found was an old Sears Receiving Terminal and moved in as The Seattle Urban Wineries.

Photo: Sean Hoyt/Courtesy of Blanton Turner


Some just pour there. Some actually ship their fruit to the building and crush and bottle there.

The area is called SODO – South of The Dome is one name used.

We talked to four wineries during their Fall party several weeks ago.

It was our great friend Tim Meeks who told us about all this and that it would make a great story for Canadians wine fans. As usual, he was right.



Guests include:

Tim Meeks – The Murse

Andrew Latta – Latta Wines

Trey Busch – Sleight of Hand

Paul Zitarelli – Full Pull




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