John Schreiner

John Schreiner is Canada's most prolific writer of books on wine. Since his first book in 1984, The World of Canadian Wine, he has written 15, including multiple editions of The Wineries of British Columbia, British Columbia Wine Country and John Schreiner's Okanagan Wine Tour Guide

He is the author of Icewine: The Complete Story

We are honoured that Mr Schreiner, a fine gentleman and true supporter of Canada's wines, allows use to use his articles.

One of John's previous books, British Columbia Wine Country , won a World Gourmand award for photography, a gold medal in the 2004 Vancouver Magazine Awards, and two silver medals in the 2004 Cuisine Canada competition. A member of numerous wine societies and an award-winning home vintner, Schreiner has toured wineries in virtually all of the world's major wine regions. He is a graduate of the German Wine Academy and has judged in wine competitions in Canada and abroad. He is the former chair of the selection committee of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.

His articles on wine appear in Wine Access, in Savour magazine, on, in several community papers and on his blog, He also has a weekly wine commentary on CKNW radio in Vancouver.

Winner 2009, VPIWF, Spirited Industry Professional the award annually honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia.

I enjoy being around
wine people, who are among the most colourful and creative people
I know. I like what they produce, and derive added pleasure from the
wines because I have come to know many producers intimately. I tell
their stories in this book in the conviction that you will also get more
from the wines if you know the backstories.

John Skinner ~ Painted Rock Estate winery deciding what grapes to plant when he purchased his propert wrote :

After exploring many options I was constantly reminded of a comment John Schreiner made to me when he first learned that I bought the “Blackhawk”, “Are you planting Syrah?” he asked, “I think it may be the grape of the Okanagan”. I don’t think anyone knows the wineries of the Okanagan better than John and my taking him up on his suggestion honours the fact that not only did I trust his opinion, I knew that other wineries would share their successes and enthusiasm with him and he would indeed have an inside track

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