Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

 

 

2016 Pinot Gris (Estate)

Blue Grouse

Duncan, BC

$22.00

Made from old vine Pinot Gris estate grapes. Straw coloured with medium-light intensity. Pear, melon and peaches and cream on the nose. Good balance and creamy texture. The flavours reflect the nose followed by a medium-plus finish. I suggest serving this with fresh scallops and prawns on a bed of risotto. With only 160 cases produced, this wine won’t last long.

 

2015 Chardonnay

Singletree

Abbotsford, BC

$20.78

Lemon yellow in colour with medium-minus intensity. Tree and tropical fruit on the nose. Good balance with creamy texture. Pear, apple, cream and toasty oak on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.

 

2016 Cactus White

Desert Hills

Oliver, BC

$16.90

This is an interesting blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gew├╝rztraminer and Viognier. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. The delicate, inviting fruity nose shows aromas of peach, citrus and rose petals. Good balance. Peach and grapefruit pith on the palate followed by a slightly astringent medium- finish. Pair this with Asian food, noodles or chicken.

 

2013 D Minor Symphony

Desert Hills

Oliver, BC

$18.90

Garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. Vanilla, earth, plum and sweet spice on the nose. Slightly sweet entry, which will appeal to many. The palate shows flavours of plum and sweet spice followed by a medium finish. An easy drinking red wine.

 

2015 Gamay Noir (25th Anniversary Limited Release)

Chaberton

Langley, BC

$16.95

Chaberton has a reputation for over-delivering on their reasonably priced wines. This is their 25th year of making Gamay Noir, so it should come as no surprise that they know how to do it well. This wine is ruby red in colour with medium-minus intensity. Much like a well-made Beaujolais, this wine shows layers of aromas including huckleberries, cherries, raspberries wet stones and floral notes. Well balanced with medium body. Bright red fruit and violets on the palate followed by lingering violets on the finish. This delicate wine shows finesse and is a very versatile food wine. Serve it slightly chilled with anything you serve this summer.

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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