Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher


2010 Syrah
Desert Hills
Oliver, BC
Garnet red with medium intensity. Red berries and dried herbs on the nose. Good balance. Pleasing fruit on the palate followed by dusty sage on a medium finish.


2016 Garnacha Tintorera / Monastrell
Almansa, Spain
Garnet / black in colour with deep intensity. Ripe, juicy red berries, raspberries, earth, bramble and hints of chocolate on the nose. Good balance, good structure and smooth ripe tannins. Bright fruit on the palate, which lingers on the finish. Serve this with grilled meats with tomato based BBQ sauces, tomato based pastas or pizza. This is a good value wine.


2015 Albarino
Rias Baixas, Spain
This wine is a blend of three grapes, Albarino, Loureiro and Treixadura. Lemon yellow in colour with medium intensity. The nose shows aromas of melon, delicate tropical fruit, herbs, orange peel and floral notes. Well balanced with good body. Well-integrated flavours of honey, lemon, delicate tropical fruit and dried herbs on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish with hints of mint. I enjoyed this with enjoyed this with baked garlic five spice chicken and green rice.


2013 Malbec – Gran Medalla
Mendoza, Argentina
Garnet / black with deep intensity. Good balance with smooth ripe tannins. Dark fruit, black pepper, spice, cocoa and leather on the nose and palate followed by a medium-plus finish.


2015 Trebella
Church and State
Oliver, BC
This blend of Marsanne, Rousanne and Viognier is golden yellow in colour with medium intensity. Lemon and peach on the nose. Good balance with good body. The palate has flavours of beeswax, lemon, pear, apple and a hint of oak followed by a medium-plus finish.


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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