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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Italian Wines in the World

  Italy is an ancient wine world with more than 500 DOC’s or specific recognized wine regions and more than 2000 grape varieties. Italy has 700 000 hectares of vineyards (by comparison, BC has about 4 000 ha). Wine Meridian is an online magazine that is devoted to promoting quality Italian wines in North America…

Craft Brewing Comes to Coquitlam

  Mariner Brewing opened its door just a few days ago, right across from Milestones restaurant and from the looks of it, it has certainly struck a chord with local beer lovers. I had the good fortune to be able to sit down with partners Lauren Ang (25) and Byron Vallis (26) early Sunday afternoon,…

Wednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

  The Summer Rosé Edition 2016 Rosé (Skaha Vineyard) Kraze Legz Kaleden, BC $19.85 Made from Merlot, this wine is pale salmon coloured with medium-light intensity. Red fruit jumps out of the glass – wild strawberries, Rainer cherries, rhubarb and watermelon. Well balanced with good mouthfeel. The flavours follow the nose. A medium-plus finish. This…

Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

    2016 Gamay Noir Rosé (Secrest Mountain) Haywire Summerland, BC $22.90 Structured like a top quality Provencal Rosé with more pronounced aromas and flavours. Organically grown Gamay from the Secrest Vineyard in Oliver and fermented with native yeasts, this wine is cherry red with medium-intensity. The nose is bold with aromas of cherry, strawberry…

Natural Wines with DJ Kearney

  Having been a home wine maker for over 25 years, I have always been a little leery about ‘wild’ yeast fermentations.   ‘Wild’ yeast is also known as ‘ambient’, ‘feral’ or ‘natural’ yeast. My scepticism is not without reason; having bought crushed grapes that began to ferment on their own, before I had a chance…

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