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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#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

  2010 Alibi (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) Black Hills Oliver, BC $24.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 A blend of 75% sauvignon blanc and 25% semillon, this wine is golden yellow in coloured with medium intensity.  Citrus, apple and a slight nuttiness on the nose.  The balance is crisp and refreshing.  Clean and tangy on the palate…

Roll Out the Barrel

  Oktoberfest is the world-renowned fall harvest celebration, which begins September 20 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.  It is a 200-year-old tradition of beer, food, singing and dancing with frauleins in dirndls and men in lederhosen.  For those who can’t make it to the old country, there are several events being held in Vancouver. One of…

Jojo’s Café The Place to go in Osoyoos

  If you are enjoying a summer vacation in Osoyoos, or staying there while touring the many excellent wineries in the area, Jojo’s Café is the place to go for breakfast or lunch.  I’ve been here twice for breakfast and will definitely be back for lunch next time.   Customers make their selection from a…

#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2010 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $24.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 08 Straw coloured with medium intensity.  Green apple, mineral and honey on the nose.  Well balanced.  Citrus, mineral and subdued green apple on the palate with a medium-long finish.  This Chablis styled wine paired very well with pan seared scallops and prawns.   2012…

Montri’s Back in Town

  September 8 was the grand opening of Thai Cuisine by Montri.  This latest incarnation for chef Montri Rattanaraj, is located two blocks east of MacDonald, at 2585 W Broadway in Kitsilano, ten blocks east of one of his former restaurants. The media were invited to see the new restaurant that afternoon.  We were served…

International Pinot Noir Celebration

  At the end of July, I was lucky enough to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  The 27th annual event was held over three days with many activities, including lectures, guided tastings, winery tours and a salmon barbecue.  Lectures covered subjects in geology, history, chemistry, and geography…

WINE WEDNESDAY – Wine Making Clubs

  As the end of September approaches, many men and women are busy checking their supplies, checking last year’s notes, cleaning equipment and getting ready for the upcoming harvest.  Who are these people?  They are home winemakers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this year’s grapes.  Some have put their orders in months ago…

Down at the Boulevard

  Yes, there’s a new restaurant in town and what a place it is.  The media launch for the Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar was held earlier this month and a lavish event it was. We were greeted outside by a string trio and welcomed with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne. Inside, David…

Summer’s Almost Gone

  “Summer’s almost gone” or so the Doors sang.  Well, not quite, there’s still lots of good weather ahead and lots of time to enjoy drinking that quintessential summer quaff, rosé.   Rosés are made in the same manner as white wines, in that they are fermented after the grapes have had a short contact…

Wine Reviews by the Wine Teacher

2013 Pinot Noir (Red Carpet) Cassini Cellars Oliver, BC $17.87 Bronze Medal Tasted 2014 07 Garnet red colour with medium intensity.  Sour cherry raspberry, vanilla with a hint of earth on the nose.  Good balance with a sweet entry.  Ripe cherry and red current flavours.  A medium finish.   2010 Chardonnay Meyer Family Okanagan Falls,…

Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2012 Freudian Sip (White Blend) Therapy Naramata, BC $17.50 Bronze medal 2014 07 This secret blend is pale straw in colour with medium-light intensity.  Granny Smith apple, peach juice and citrus aromas on the nose.  Good balance.  Dry apple, melon, citrus and mineral on the palate.  A medium-long finish. 2012 Pink Freud (Rosé) Therapy Naramata,…

Stoneworks Jewellery: An Unlikely Business!

What do you get when two retired school principals join forces to start a small business? A tutoring service?  A consulting service for school districts? Those would be good guesses, but you would be way off base! What you get is a most unlikely business: creating gemstone and multi-metal jewelry! So how did these two…

Pacific Breeze

Pacific Breeze is a small urban garage winery located in an industrial park in New Westminster, just off Stewardson Way. Opened in 2005, it has had more than it’s fair share of acclaim, picking up numerous awards for its wines starting with its very first vintage.  Until 2014, it didn’t make any wines that qualified…

 Kuru Kuru Sushi

  If you find yourself in Bellingham and are in the mood for sushi, give Kuru Kuru a try.  This place is different from the typical Sushi restaurant where you sit down and order from a menu.  Here, you can sit in front of a conveyor belt (also known as a ‘sushi go around’ or…

Backyard Vineyards – a review

Backyard Vineyards   Changes in ownership and the resulting name changes are not uncommon in the BC wine industry.  Backyard Vineyards, located at 3033 232nd Street in Langley, opened up in 2002 under the name Glenugie.  Gary Tayler, the original owner named it after his wife’s family’s farm in Scotland.  Unfortunately, Gary’s wife Christina died…

#Wine Wednesday review by the Wine Teacher

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Santa Rita 120 Valle Central, Chile $10.99 Bronze medal Tasted 2014 07 Very pale straw in colour with light intensity.  The nose shows varietal character – grass and gooseberries with a hint of peach.  Good balance, crisp and refreshing.  Citrus and mineral on the palate with peach flavours lingering on the finish…

The Essence of Veneto

  Nestled along the northeastern coast of Italy is the region of Veneto, famous for many things other than its scenic capital of Venice.  In the hills 50 km north of the capital are the best wine growing areas.  This is land of gently sloping vineyard covered hills, mountains and valleys.  While each valley has…

Wine Reviews from Sam the Wine Teacher

    2010 VIP (Port Style) Saxon Estate Winery Summerland. BC $17.32 Bronze medal Tasted 2014 05 This Port style Pinot Noir is garnet red in colour with deep intensity.  The nose shows aromas of prunes, black cherries and dark chocolate.  The balance is good and the flavours follow the nose with a medium finish…

Horizon’s Restaurant

  Perched atop Burnaby Mountain is Horizon’s Restaurant surrounded by scenic gardens and stunning views of Vancouver, the inlet and the North Shore mountains.  I was there recently to celebrate my son and daughter-in-law’s seventh wedding anniversary.  It was a beautiful warm summer evening and as we arrived a half hour early, we spent some…

Wine Reviews from the Wine Teacher

  2012 Chardonnay Cedar Creek Kelowna, BC $17.95 Silver medal Tasted 2014 06 This Chardonnay has a small amount of Pinot Gris added to it. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple and a hint of banana. Good structure.  Eleven months of sur lees aging give it…

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