Vintners Quality Alliance, or VQA, is a regulatory and appellation system which guarantees the high quality and authenticity of origin for Canadian wines made under that system in British Columbia and Ontario. It is similar to regulatory systems in France (AOC), Spain (DO), Italy (DOC), and Germany (QmP). The VQA system allows for sub-appellations, by which the grapes for wines are sourced from extremely specific geographical locations with different soil and climate. This is in accordance with the concept of terroir.In addition, there are other classifications of wine in Canada. British Columbia has a category known as "Wines of Distinction" and Nova Scotia has "Wines of Nova Scotia".
Posts about Vqa
  • Goodbye BC: Chamberton Winery, Fraser Valley, Canada

    … Wayward Wine ends eleven days in Canada, with British Columbia’s oldest winery: Chamberton Estate. Now oldest around here is 1991. But that gets near to 24 years old. Claude and Inge Violet left their vineyards in France to plant in BC. Only recently did they hand the winery to Eugene Kwan and Anthony Cheng, who are thoroughly involved. Let’s…

    WAYWARD WINE- 3 readers -
  • My Cave Red!

    … Okay this is not a cheapie, but it is on sale! And comes in a screw cap. I’ve been drinking Cave’s Gamay ever since the winery opened and have to say it’s been an wonderful ride. Early vintages had the fruitiness/tartness of Beaujolais, and I recall a chefs’ lunch where it was pronounced ‘best partner for alfresco meals’. More recent vintages…

    Billy's Best Bottles- 2 readers -
  • Vertical Party – Nota Bene 05-12

    … These are the bottles from my Nota Bene vertical tasting this past weekend. I’m happy to report that there were no corked bottles and that everything was showing brilliantly. As my regular readers will know, I hate writing (and reading) wine reviews but I was asked a few times on twitter if there were any of these wines that stood out. There were…

    Wine Country BC- 6 readers -
  • LCBO Wine Picks: Spain + Chile + Argentina

    …, Veneto, Italy (#230656) (XD) - $13.95 ANSELMANN EDESHEIMER ORDENSGUT WEISSBURGUNDER KABINETT TROCKEN 2012 - Pradikätswein, Pfalz, Germany (#394122) (D) - $13.95 FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP RIESLING 2013 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#080234) (M) - $16.95 KELLEREI ST. MAGDALENA PINOT GRIGIO 2013 - DOC Südtirol, Alto Adige, Italy…

    Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews- 6 readers -
  • Drinking in Dine Out in Style

    … Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most dedicated players offer the option of a good VQA wine…

    Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com- 3 readers -
  • Have Yourself a Maréchal Foch Christmas

    … Quails' Gate Old Vines Foch (VQA Okanagan Valley) Unless you're familiar with Canadian wines or those of the more northern US wine regions, you may not be familiar with the Maréchal Foch grape. Indeed, it's pretty much found only in niche wines up here in Canada. Very few vineyards grow the grape any more and even fewer wineries still make wine…

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odysseyin Cabernet Sauvignon- 5 readers -
  • A Surprising Red Rooster

    We encountered a couple of surprises with this bottle when we opened it. First off, I was taken aback that this vintage hadn't already been added to The List. In part due to Boo's and my long-standing sponsorship of a row in Red Rooster's Adopt-A-Row program, we usually have a good selection of the winery's bottles on hand - and, therefore, I've likely added as many, if not m ...

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odyssey- 3 readers -
  • A Delicious Night at the Market

    … bottles filled the space with experts and some owners pouring their VQA wines and sharing stories with guests. In some cases like with Howling Bluff, brand new releases were opened to try- like their Pinot Noir which will be available for public on May 1. The restaurants of Granville Island showed up with perfectly crafted canapés for guests…

    uncorkBC- 3 readers -
  • Wines to Summon Your BC Ferry Godmother

    … "no fun night," he woke up from his afternoon sleep to a nice dinner and an equally nice sip of wine. 1829. 2009 Tawse - Robin's Block Chardonnay (VQA Twenty Mile Bench - Ontario) The good news is that, if he was only to have one small glass of wine, it was going to be one fine glass. I'd been introduced to Tawse at the Vancouver International Wine…

    2001 Bottles - A Wine Odysseyin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • One of the Best Local Reds

    … The Italian Spirit in Local Gamay Charmes Gamay tastes of Italy. Many local Gamays do. Earthy flavours, and lots of gusto. Shades of those hearty Barberas that produce a ferocious appetite for hunks of meat – or a killer lasagna or Bolognese. Solid wine and price. One of the best local reds at the LCBO. CHATEAU DES CHARMES 12 Gamay Noir, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake 57349 $13.95 …

    Billy's Best Bottles- 3 readers -
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