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Why we only buy BC VQA wine.

It’s Christmas in five days and we haven’t bought any wrapping paper! We also haven’t over shopped. It feels great. Sure there has been waste. We didn’t always bring our own bags when shopping so we ended up taking some plastic ones. A few presents we bought were packaged in non-recyclable plastic and even made of plastic. Luckily they were only a few of the presents we bought. Mostly we stick to gift cards and wine… you know the classics!

I made a decision a few years ago to only buy BC VQA wine. No need to support other wine regions when we make some really delicious local wines. VQA: VQA=100% BC – All British Columbia wines bearing the VQA symbol must be made from 100% BC grown grapes. The wines are screened by a professional tasting panel and wines found faulty cannot be sold as VQA wines. – winebc.com. There are lots of wines out there that say they are bottled in BC but be careful because if they are not VQA chances are the grapes are from Mexico or California. Supporting BC grape growers and wineries makes a lot of sense. As a proponent for local eating it follows that I would continue my support for local drinking! I even found a BC VQA Organic Winery. I thought there were no organic wineries in BC (obviously I never googled it) so there was always a conflict between organic vs. VQA. Now the problem is almost solved. The winery I found was Summerhill Pyramid Winery,  http://www.summerhill.bc.ca/.Organic wine is still a bit too pricey for me but maybe I can give it occasionally as presents and drink it on special occasions. Right now I’m a fan of Jackson Triggs Sauvignon Blanc from the Black Reserve. It’s not Organic but it’s VQA from the Okanogan Valley. Supporting local agriculture is a good thing. I used to think I was a Chardonnay gal but I might have changed my tune!

What’s your favourite wine?



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “Why we only buy BC VQA wine.

  1. There are two great wine regions – one about an hour from my city and one about 2 hours…I like to support each of these instead of buying wine from other places…and they taste pretty excellent too!

    Posted by sonrie | December 21, 2011, 4:50 am

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