The Sipster’s Pocket Guide to 50 Must-Try BC Wines: Volume 1

By (author): Luke Whittall
ISBN 9781771513609
Softcover | Publication Date: November 2, 2021
Book Dimensions: 4.25 in. x 7 in.
144 Pages

About the Book

A perfect pocket guide that collects 50 of the most seek-worthy wines in BC from the wine expert who’s tried them all.

In this handy portable guide to the top 50 British Columbia wines under $50 a bottle, wine expert Luke Whittall abandons the usual language of tasting notes in favour of a more personalized, approachable style, focusing on experiences, good company, and where a wine might take your thoughts.

As a wine industry professional, Whittall found himself inspired more by the way non-professionals talk about wine than the “hints of fresh cherries, dried herbs, and soupçons of eucalyptus” style often favoured in traditional wine writing. Sipster’s Pocket Guide describes the experiences bound up in the tasting of 50 of the most amazing wines this province has produced, including reds, whites, rosés, sparkling, and dessert wines.

With its emphasis on affordability and personal experience, rather than vintner and vintage specifics, Whittall’s guide reads less like the average wine fare and more like tips from a funny, candid friend. Before you head to the liquor store to deliberate over your next sip, take a glance through Sipster’s.

About the Author(s)

Luke Whittall has worked in cellars, vineyards, and wine shops since 2005 and is currently a wine instructor at Okanagan College. He is the author of Valleys of Wine: A Taste of British Columbia’s Wine History (2019), co-author of The Okanagan Wine Tour Guide with John Schreiner (2020), is currently working on subsequent volumes of his Sipster’s Pocket Guide series. He splits his time between Okanagan Falls, BC and Toronto, ON.


“Luke Whittall’s great sense of humour shines through his fantastic wine descriptions. He has literally expanded our tasting note lingo while at the same time giving us permission to loosen up and have more fun with the whole wine experience.” —Jennifer Schell, author of The BC Wine Lover’s Cookbook

“A fun and informative guide, useful for people just starting to explore BC wines as well as long time winos like myself.” —Brian Glaum, past president of the BC Wine Appreciation Society