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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Introducing Earl’s Test Kitchen

  What will you find at 905 Hornby Street in Vancouver?  Earls Test Kitchen, which just opened in June.  It is the culinary inspiration centre for all of Earl’s sixty-five restaurants throughout North America.   Here, they bring together a collection of world-class chefs to develop new menu items.  If you look at the menus…

Zintimate

  The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) invited me to an Zintimate trade tasting at Hawksworth Restaurant’s York Room in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.   They limited the event to 75 guests per hour for two sessions, one at 1:30 and the other at 2:30; a wine version of speed dating.  There were…

Summertime and the Sipping is Easy

  Yes, summer is upon us and the good weather means more time spent relaxing with family and friends.  Whether you’re on the patio, deck or on a picnic, summer wines call for something a little different.  Cool, refreshing fruity wines that are pleasant to sip on their own, without the need for food.  Lighter,…

Wine Review by The Wine Teacher

    2011 Saloon Sally Dry Cabernet Franc Rosé Rustico Oliver, BC $16.95 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 06 A BC Rosé made from Cabernet Franc. Red cherry in colour with medium intensity.   Red cherries, strawberry and a hint of rhubarb on the nose.  Good balance.  Bright red fruit on the palate.  A medium, dry finish…

Spamalot at the Stanley Theatre

  Get Thee to the Stanley Warning:  If you are not a fan of Monty Python, you may not be interested in this play, for there are those who find the combination of wit, farce and silliness of the Monty Python troupe hilarious, while others just look at their sketches and say, “Huh? That’s just…

Fawlty Towers

  New Westminster’s Vagabond Players must be doing something right, as this is their 77th season.  I just attended their production of Fawlty Towers, written by the legendary team of John Cleese and Connie Booth. The play features three of the original twelve television episodes:  Gourmet Night, Waldorf Salad and The Germans.  Director Casey Por…

Westwood Wines Wine Tasting June 13th – 16th

  At Westwood Wines this week, they are tasting wines from 50th Parallel Estate on Friday, June 13th and new releases from Cassini Cellars of Oliver from Saturday June 14th to Tuesday June 16th.  Alice, a representative for 50th Parallel will be in the store on Friday, from 4 to 7 to pour wines.  …

Bacchus Bistro

  What could be better than tasting some wines at a winery and then walking a few steps to have lunch with one of the wines just tasted?  Located at Chaberton Winery, Bacchus Bistro is a hidden gem located at 1064 216th St. in south Langley. It was a Wednesday afternoon and after a scenic…

Wine Reviews

2011 Pinot Noir Synchromesh Okanagan Falls, BC $28.99   Dark cherry red in colour with medium intensity.  Faint dark cherry and sweet spice on the nose.  Good balance with firm tannins and medium body.  Some pleasing flavours on the palate.  A medium short finish.  This young wine needs time to develop.   2012 Pinot Noir…

French Wine Connection

Monday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, and this cool overcast day is not a day for Spanish wines, but it is appropriate for French wines and I’m off to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for the French Wine Connection, a trade tasting of wine, spirits and beer.   My plan is to focus on the…

Brunch at Calabash Bistro

What should you expect when you walk into the Calabash Bistro on Carrall Street, between Hastings and Pender?  Expect the unexpected.  Some people go for the food; others go for the music.  This is a friendly, unassuming eatery decorated in bright Caribbean canary yellow and red.   Owner Roger Collins, originally from St Kits, has…

There’s an App for that!

Well if you are looking for an app to help you pair food and wine, help you decipher wine terms, or store photos and notes of your favourite wines, there is indeed an app, or more accurately, many apps for that.  Here is a sampling of some of them. Wine Terms A dictionary of wine…

Rosé Smack Down

Two weeks ago, in Vancouver, Haywire and Bartier/Scholefield went head to head with their Rosés.  It was a good publicity event as Michael Bartier and David Scholefield have been winemaking partners at the Okanagan Crush Pad for some time and produce wines under a variety of labels. Upon my arrival, Leann Froese, of Town Hall…

A late dinner at Cactus Club

A friend from Ottawa was in town for a meeting, so we met downtown at his hotel and went for a walk along English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park.  Then we headed back via Lost Lagoon and Robson Street.  We were debating where to eat and passed by Earl’s and Milestones looking for…

Intrigue Wines

Tucked in off Goldie Road in Winfield, just north of Kelowna, is one of the more recent Scenic Sip wineries.  In 2008, Roger Wong, his wife Jillian and another couple, Ross and Geri Davis, opened the winery. Roger is a noted winemaker, having worked previously at Gray Monk and at the former Pinot Reach (now…

Clos du Soleil Winery

Earlier this year, I was invited to a trade event at the Tap and Barrel in Coal Harbour, near the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The occasion was a release of Clos du Soleil wines.     Clos du Soleil is a small ten-acre winery located on Upper Bench Road in Keremeos, BC.  It was founded in…

Getaway to the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

If you have some time available May 1st to the 11th, consider heading up to the Okanagan and taking in some of the amazing events happening there.  Whether you head to Osoyoos or Vernon or anywhere in-between (even Kamloops), you’re going to find lots to do with nearly two hundred planned events.  Over one hundred…

Gray Monk Winery

Gray Monk, the original Scenic Sip winery, is one of BC’s best known. The west facing slopes along Camp Road provide good air drainage and capture the sunlight reflected from the lake below.  Situated at approximately 50° north latitude, the vines need to capture whatever warmth they can.  Gray Monk pays homage to their location…

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