British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries

    British Columbia Winery Tour: Interviews at Six Okanagan Wineries What a pleasure to travel to British Columbia and visit wineries up and down the Okanagan Valley. I had my handy audio recorder with me and captured six interviews with six fantastic folks while on a media trip put together by Wines of British Columbia.

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    Wine Review: Santa Margherita Valdadige Pinot Grigio 2013

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      ¡Mucho Gusto! Get to know #Riesling

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      “Hock, Moselle And The Rest”

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