Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2014 Chardonnay

Blackwood Lane

Langley, BC


This wine is lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity. The nose is well-integrated oak and fruit with aromas of lemon, ripe apple, honey, butter, toast and vanilla. Very well balanced. The flavours follow the nose leading to a medium-plus finish. Serve this with pan seared prawns and scallops.


2016 Rosé

Volcanic Hills

West Kelowna, BC


Cherry red colour with medium-minus intensity. The nose is inviting with aromas of strawberry, cherry and rhubarb. Well balanced and refreshing. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium finish. A very tasty wine to serve anytime.


2016 Hee-Hee-Tel-Kin (Red)

Indigenous World

Kelowna, BC


This blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot has been aged in French and American oak. The colour is garnet-black with deep intensity. The nose is layered with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, cherry, mulberry, plum, savoury notes and a slight hint of white pepper. Good balance with soft ripe tannins. Ripe fruit on the palate with flavours following the nose. A medium-plus finish. Very approachable right now.

2016 Pinot Gris

The Chase

Lake Country, BC


This is a big pinot gris. Barrel aging gives this wine a wonderfully creamy texture. Golden straw colour with medium intensity. Well integrated lemon, lime, pineapple and butter on the nose. Well balanced with full body. The palate shows flavours of butter, citrus and melon. A medium-plus finish with fruit and butter lingering. Kudos to winemaker Adrian Baker.


2013 Syrah (Reserve)

Pacific Breeze

New Westminster, BC


Garnet black with deep intensity. Toasty oak, blackberry, earth, black pepper and black cherry aromas on the nose. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. Red and black fruit, vanilla and spice notes on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish with lingering fruit flavours. Very good. Pair this with some slow roasted barbecued ribs.

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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