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When I’m not goofing around on social media, I make #wine. Pretty good at it, too. #bcwine http://ow.ly/i/wp3eB

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Buy Black Cloud – #Okanagan

Since we don’t have winery building you can visit, you can track down our Pinot Noir at these fine #Okanagan wine stores

Public Liquor – north Kelowna

Mission Liquor – Kelowna /Mission

Metro Liquor – downtown/ Cultural district Kelowna

Cask and Barrel – West Kelowna

Jak’s – Penticton /Cherrylane

Fairview Liquor – Penticton /Channel

Or, you can call us directly when in the Penticton/Naramata/Skaha area and we can deliver it directly to you and give you a complimentary tasting.

Finally, if you purchase $100 or more, we’ll ship it free to your front door anywhere in any Canadian province. IMG_20140912_211502

Here’s where to find our amazing #Pinot

Here’s where to find our amazing #PinotNoirs in the Thompson Okanagan:
Cask and Barrel (West Kelowna)
Fairview Liquor (Penticton)
Cherrylane Liquor (Penticton)
Stagshead Liquor (Kamloops)
Metro Liquor (Kelowna)
Public Liquor (Kelowna / Airport)

Or just call Brad direct 250-490-7314. Free shipping in Canada on orders of $100 or more.

Cornucopia at Whistler – Join us at the Crystal Lodge Gallery, November 12

The big food and wine festival that is Cornucopia gets underway in North America’s premier mountain resort in early November and Black Cloud will be there to take part and pour some Pinot Noir.

Now in its 20th year, Cornucopia celebrates food and drink in a big way with scores of events, big and small.

Black Cloud will be at the Crystal Lodge Gallery for a unique event that allows participants to express their artistic prowess (or lack thereof) and sip delicious Pinot Noir at the same time. It’s a great event for a date night, a girls’ night out or a chance to scratch that secret artist’s itch. If your in town, why not join us?

Black Cloud's Audralee and Bradley

Audralee Daum and Bradley Cooper – partners in Black Cloud.

Tickets go fast for these wine and art events so make sure you follow this link to secure a spot.

What are the chances?

We were bottling a small run today.  We had to do about 25 cases of our top of the line 2013 Cumulus Nimbus, the epitome of our Pinot Noir making skills. When we cracked open a fresh bag of corks, this is what was inside.  Just one, mind you. The other 999 were all stamped Black Cloud. We’re going to contact them and see if they’d like it back. We’re not sure exactly how it happens but it does.
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Our website is back up!

Just a quick note to let you know that our website at http://www.blackcloud.ca is back up and running.  It’s now a property of our parent license holder so we feel are well within the strict rules and regulations of our local jurisdiction.

Visit the site and subscribe to a package if you like the idea of getting our Pinot Noir shipped to your door three times a year.  Or, for a one time purchase. chose the ‘store’ tab to see what the current vintages are available.   Wines are available in Canada only, at this time.

We’ve been forced to close our on-line store – for now.

If you been over to www.blackcloud.ca you will have noticed that the site is down. We shut it down voluntarily after a BC Control and Licensing inspector made it known in no uncertain terms that a crack-down on virtual wineries was happening and that Black Cloud, a brand of Serendipity Winery, was under scrutiny.

According to the powers that be, there is only one kind of winery in BC. That’s the kind that they license, and brands like Black Cloud, operating under the wing of another operation, are not going to be tolerated. They don’t like wine e-commerce to start, and operating a site without direct correalation to our parent license holder is making them, shall we say, concerned.

In a business environment that favours the landed, the financed and the established, it’s getting harder and harder to be an innovator and to create a winemaking environment that is a level playing field for people of all means and stripes. We have always operated under license and have always paid our share of taxes et cetera due.

Until this is straightened out, please contact us directly for any of your Black Cloud questions, comments or requests by email at info@blackcloud.ca or call our administration office at 778.476.1655

Liquor Updates: Wholesale Pricing

Curious about the new changes this spring to BC liquor?

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My phone was ringing off the hook prior to and after the announcement by Suzanne Anton and the GM for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. The biggest, and really only, question is ‘What does this mean?’

There is a ton to talk about as the announcement involved Grocery Stores, Wholesale Pricing, Separation of LDB Retail from Wholesale, perhaps the item that will have the most short and long term impact is Wholesale Pricing.

Wholesale Pricing

Current System

Currently BC Liquor Stores do not purchase product from the Wholesale division of the BCLDB. They simply order it, it arrives and they retail it. Private stores do pay LDB Wholesale for their product. The price is a function of the BC Liquor Store retail price. In other words a discounted retail price is what private stores pay. The discount is based on the license type. Licensed Retail Stores (LRS) receive a 16% discount…

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Do You Have to Know About Wine…to Enjoy Wine?

A nation rich in wine history and tradition – also a nation where most people don’t know much about their national drink. Does that limit their enjoyment?

SB's Wine Blog

The results of a big study about wine were released today, with much chagrin…it seems they surveyed people in France regarding how much knowledge they actually had about wine. And – zut alors! – over 60% didn’t know very much at all! The French were devastated by the news!

But after my chuckle, I thought…hold on…does it really matter how much you know about wine? Can’t you just enjoy it?

And the more I thought about it, the more I realized the answer was…you don’t need to know anything at all. Just what you like!

I mean, let’s think about it for a minute. Why does it matter?

“Enjoyment” doesn’t require knowledge…except of whether you are actually enjoying something or not, and that is an emotion.

Is it Cabernet or Merlot? Is it tannic or not? Will it age? Is it a Grand Cru or VQA? Really…who cares if you…

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