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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The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour

What is a ‘Tiki Tour’? It is the New Zealand version of a Magical Mystery Tour, a leisurely Sunday drive in the country with no particular destination; one of those journeys where you take the scenic route and stop and linger whenever the mood strikes. There are sure to be some unexpected delightful surprises along…

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

2013 Malbec – Golden Reserve Trivento Mendoza, Argentina $24.14 Garnet-black in colour with a purple rim and deep intensity. This wine is a teeth stainer. The nose is layered with aromas of red fruit, black berry, bramble, blueberry pie, earth and chocolate. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. The flavours echo the nose followed by…

Provence Marinaside

  Summer’s here and the time is right for . . . . . . . a glass of wine at Provence Marinaside. With the good weather here and more people getting out walking and biking, you really need to check out something new if you are anywhere near False Creek or Yaletown or anywhere…

Wine Wednesday Wine Reviews

  2011 Syrah Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $23.99 This is a small lot wine with only 830 bottles made. The wine is garnet red with deep intensity. A layered nose showing aromas of blackberry, black currant, raspberry, tar, black pepper, earth, cedar, chocolate and sweet spice. Very well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. This…

Stefanie Schales 8th Generation

Stefanie Schales, co-proprietor along with her husband Bernd, of 8th Generation Wines in Summerland, led the BC Wine Appreciation Society through a tasting of twelve of their wines recently. She spoke about last year’s vintage and how 2016 was starting. Stefanie mentioned that there was a lot of flowering happening in the Okanagan, with lilac,…

Wine Tasting at Dockside

Coal Harbour’s 6th Annual Spring Wine Tasting was held at Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island, which has won the “Best Patio” award for the last six years running in The Georgia Straight’s Golden Plate Awards. The day was near perfect for this al fresco event. There were over 100 wines, both domestic and imported, along…

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