Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher


Gehringer Brothers 2013 Optimum Pinot Noir

2013 Pinot Noir (Optimum)

Gehringer Brothers

Oliver, BC


I wasn’t impressed when I first opened this wine. I was quite surprised that I purchased it, if it hadn’t been very good at least. Then after it had some time to breathe and open up, wow. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. The nose is layered with classic pinot character, cherry, meaty, earthy, forest floor and vanilla. Very good balance with velvety tannins. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-long finish. Great value. A good match for pan-fried sockeye salmon.



Fort Berens 2014 Chardonnay

2014 Chardonnay

Fort Berens

Lillooet, BC


This Fraser Canyon wine is lemon yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of lemon, butter, oak and vanilla. Good balance. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-plus finish. Good value BC chardonnay.



Little Farm 2014 Riesling

2014 Riesling

Little Farm

Cawston, BC


This wine is from Rhys Pender (Master of Wine) and his wife Alishan Driediger’s small four-acre vineyard in Cawston BC. Only 110 cases were made. Pale lemon yellow with medium-light intensity. The wine shows classic Riesling aromas of diesel, apple, citrus and wet stones. The wine is clean and crisp and well balanced with good body. The flavours echo the nose followed by a lingering finish. This wine will only get better and better. Great aging potential.

(this wine was also mentioned in a previous MVC article)


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2014 Pinot Noir

Eau Vivre

Cawston, BC


Garnet-brick in colour with medium-plus intensity. Cherry, earth and forest floor aromas on the nose. Well balanced. The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish. This elegant wine benefits from time to breathe.


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2014 Cinq Blanc

Eau Vivre

Cawston, BC


This fruity blend is 50% Pinot Gris, 23% Viognier, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Riesling and 2% Gewürztraminer. Pale green straw colour with medium-light intensity. Pear, apple and citrus aromas on the nose. Good balance and structure. Tree fruit and citrus flavours on the palate. A medium long finish with lingering citrus notes.   Paired well with roast chicken breast.


(All photos – Sam Hauck)

Sam The Wine Teacher

About Sam The Wine Teacher

Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges. He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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