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Wine BLOGGERS unite in BC.

BLOGGER.
Imagine actually having to introduce yourself as such.
BLOGGER.
Its just such an vulgar word. It sounds a little like BOOGER. Ick.

"Hi, I'm SIP and I'm a BLOGGER"

This title is problematic for online wine writers as there's not even a hint of romance about it. Although wine making is mostly a fairly unromantic process, wine bloggers tend to hone in the small bit that is. Regardless of my rant, this is our given name.

OH Canada! On the second week in June hundreds of us.... bloggers blogging blogs (mostly about wine) will converge on the city of Penticton.
Where?
Penticton.
It's  a city in the Okanagan Valley of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It's population around 40,000 or so but its drenched in WINE.

Wine Bloggers ConferenceIf you haven't had the pleasure to make its acquaintance, you'll be impressed with Penticton, the Okanagan Valley wine growing region, and BC wines. Penticton is beautifully nestled between two lakes, with a backdrop of hills on all sides, and vineyards on the lake shore bluffs.  BC wines varietals range from Gewürztraminer and Pinto Gris to Cabernet Franc and some very hardy Bordeaux-style blends. They also have the Ice wine thing down.



Luckily for my travel companions, I speak and spell Canadian. Although I currently live in Eastern Washington (USA) and have for a decade or two, home for me is Canada. I grew up just across the boarder in a little coastal city called White Rock (British Columbia, CANADA). My folks (Canadian for parents) live up the hill from the beach and this will always be home for me.

So I'm thinking I can assist 'merican bloggers who are heading North for WBC13.

Here's a little hint when writing in Canada. If it doubt, adding a random "U" or "L" to words will help you look local. That and switching "er" to "re" such as, in theatre, litre and maneuvre. 

Let's give it a whirl -

"The colour of the grapes are marvellous. I can't wait to sip and savour the local flavour."  Get it?

Words like candour, behaviour, demeanour harbour, honour, humour, labour, neighbour, odour, parlour, rumour, tumour, valour, vigour and vapour are all are spelled correctly in Canada. Just by adding a "u". Our friendly neighbours to the North also like to add an extra "l" such as in marvellous, modell, jewellery and woollen. Yes, your spell check will have a heyday but you want to fit in, eh?

Now to Sound Canadian here's a few pointers that I embellished upon from Tour Canada.  You may not need this if there's speed tasting or if you attend the after-parties during WBC. An American talking tipsy may sound Canadian.



Diphthongs
  • combining two vowels to make one
  • used in words with "out" (eg. aboot a-bow-t)
  • used in words with "ue" (eg. Tuesday Tooz-dee)
Changing vowel location or talking tipsy.
  • ie. different becomes diffurnt and company is now cumpnee
Silent vowels
  • dropping the vowel if it starts with a vowel (eg.  amazing is mazin', and American is maircan)
Replacing Y with two E's
  • ie. Monday becomes Mundee and Calgary is Calgree
An inconstant consonant
  • pronouncing t as a d (eg. priddy rather than pretty) 
  • taking out consonants in some words (eg. Tronno instead of Toronto) but adding some consonants in others (eg. fambly instead of family)
Verb Tenses
  • leaving out have or has (eg. I seen that film already)
Present Tense
  • adding "s" to the word to make it past (eg. I goes into the hotel)
Joining prepositions with words
  • when using a preposition (eg. to, in, until) combine it with the nearest word (eg. uptilate which translates to "up until late)
EH? (They know when you are just throwing it out there)
  • use instead of huh, ya know, etc.
  • short form for what did you say, would you repeat that please, etc.
Whatever
  • use when you don't know what to say.


Now what you really need to know is about bringing home some of the liquid treasure you'll discover at WBC13
How much can you bring back? Well, the duty-free allowance (following trips of 48 hours or more) for bringing wine back to Canada is only 1.5 litres per person which is a rather miserly 2 bottles. You are allowed to bring back 8.5 litres of beer but only 2 bottles of wine. See CBSA site for the limits. If you are within the duty-free allowance, you won't have to pay anything extra. If you are lucky and have a nice customs person (of which there are quite a few), you might be allowed to bring back a bit more. There is zero duty-free allowance for alcohol for trips of less than 48 hours.

Hope this helps.
Canada is beautiful and I'm confident they will be marvellous hosts. We're in for a treat, eh?

Cheers!
I look forward to seeing you in C-eh?-N-eh?-D-eh?

Next post: The color of money. Really, its genius. Color coded money like Monopoly. Smallest bill is a $5 as coins rather than bills are used for $1 and $2 amounts.
Loonies & Toonies! God, I love this country.


* Flag vineyard photo credit: George Rose 2012, Cozy bottle photo credit: Canadian Design SourceI speak Canadian graphic by Spread Shirt.
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