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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Neighbour’s Blend & BC Wine Studio

  BC Wine Studios’ Mark Simpson is quite a philanthropist. Each year he selects a charity or cause and makes wine to help support them. His first launch helped to build a neighbourhood playground. This year his Neighbour’s Blend was made to help support Mount Pleasant Family Centre.   The Neighbour’s Blend is primarily Riesling,…

#WineWednesday Wine Reviews

2013 Sauvignon Blanc / Viognier Bonamici Cellars Okanagan Falls $21.90 This virtual winery, the creation of Philip Soo and Mario Rodi, uses the facilities at Synchromesh Winery in Okanagan Falls. The wine is straw coloured tinged with green and medium-minus in intensity. Peach and apricot aromas dominate the nose followed by delicate notes of honey,…

Best of BC Craft

  Liberty Wine Merchants do many things well, but the one that impresses me the most is how they take time to showcase and promote local beverage producers. Liberty holds several such events every year and always ties them in with charity fundraisers. The most recent event was the Best of Craft evening held at…

Hurray for Rosé!

Finally the good weather has arrived in Vancouver, so it seems a good time to run this article, which I wrote after attending an event earlier this year. International Vintners and Spirits Association takes the opportunity several times a year to showcase new products to those in the hospitality industry. I enjoy going to these…

#WineWednesday Wine Reviews

  2014 Sauvignon Blanc Fern Walk Kelowna, BC $16.99 A new label Mark Anthony introduced in 2014, exclusive to BC LDB stores. Pale lemon yellow with medium minus intensity. The delicate nose shows hints of tropical and citrus fruit. Good balance and mouthfeel. The aromas follow through on the palate and finish. Paired nicely with…

Fort Berens Part II

Innovative people do innovative things. They are often the first to see potential where others don’t. Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek decided they wanted to leave the Dutch corporate world and seek a better lifestyle. They decided on wine making and considered living in France, Eastern Europe, Ontario and the Okanagan. After several trips…

Fort Berens Part I

  OK, I am well acquainted with Fort Berens wines and have been a big fan pretty much since they opened, however I have never visited the winery before and have heard great things about the building and their restaurant so it was time for a visit.   After a scenic drive through Whistler and…

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