Wine Culture Magazine

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Wines of B.C. has released its Vintage Report 2022, and it bears good news: It’s looking like one of the best vintages in recent decades.

This may come as a surprise for anyone who remembers how the year began. The first half of the 2022 vintage was among the coolest on record. In the Okanagan Valley especially, winter started with a cold snap in December 2021 that caused a great deal of bud and vine damage in some locations. That was followed by a cool wet spring, and a late bud break and flowering at almost every winery.

And then summer came along and seemed it would never end. In fact, the second half of the year was among the six warmest B.C. has ever experienced, with hot, sunny and dry days lasting late into October, but without the destructive heat dome of 2021 or the wildfires that have plagued recent years. 

The result? Elegant wines with intense, vibrant fruit balanced with high levels of natural acidity. Stock your cellar accordingly.

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