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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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…

Fun and Suds Under the Sun

  If you happened to see Queen Elizabeth Plaza hidden behind blackout fences recently, I can tell you what was going on behind them. It was the CANCITY Craft Beer Fest. Once upon a time, in the olden days, beer was beer, whether it came from Labatt, Molson or Carling. However, beginning in the early…

#WineWednesday Wine Reviews

  2011 Mosaic (Bordeaux Blend) Hillside Estate Naramata, BC $39.99 2011 was a challenging year for making BC red wines, however the better growers cropped heavily, leaving just a few bunches on the vines to ripen and thus were able to make good wines. This wine is garnet red in colour with medium-deep intensity. The…

Valpolicella 2016

The Valpolicella appellation of north-eastern Italy is located just north of the city of Verona in the Veneto region and just east of Lake Garda.   This is a land of rolling hills covered in vines, olive and cherry trees. This region is steeped in history with impressive villas.   The wines here are made from…

Champagne and Caviar

2016 was the 21st anniversary of the Champagne and Caviar event held at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park to benefit amateur sport. This evening of bubbly showcased sparkling wines from many countries and regions other than France, including BC, Italy, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, Spain and California. The Canadian contingent included wines from:…

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