Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher


2014 Voulez View Rouge

The View

Kelowna, BC


Voulez View uses a touch (15%) of Merlot to add some elegance to the Pinotage base. Sweet spice, cherries, plum, dark berries and a hint of chocolate on the nose. Well balanced with silky smooth ripe tannins. Velvety on the palate with flavours that echo the nose. A medium-plus finish. A great BBQ wine and very nice with just a slight chill.



2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Beau Vantage

Paso Robles, California

$16.99 (Special price at Liberty Wine Merchants)

Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Classic cabernet aromas including plum, cassis, leather and spice. Good balance. The aromas carry through to the palate followed by a medium-long finish with lingering chocolate notes. Will continue to improve for another five to eight years. Paired well with Chinese five-spice roasted pork tenderloin.



2012 Viognier


Osoyoos, BC


One of the best expressions of this grape in BC. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. Lemon and honeysuckle aromas with peach undertones. Well balanced. Elegant on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose followed by a lingering finish.



2013 Espumate Bruto

Sao Joao

Barrida, Portugal


This traditional method sparkling rosé, which comes from Portugal, has a delicate rosé colour with medium-light intensity.   Delicate strawberry and cherry aromas. Well balanced. Delicate bright red fruit flavours with just a hint of honey on the medium-plus finish.



2013 Syrah (Coyote Bowl)

Church and State

Oliver, BC


Only 1075 cases of this wine were made. Garnet red with deep intensity. Aromas of white pepper, dusty sage, ripe black berries, sweet spice and vanilla rise from the glass. Well balanced. The flavours follow the nose followed by a medium-long finish with lingering fruit and white pepper.




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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