Wednesday Wine Reviews by @Sam_WineTeacher

2015 Chardonnay (Crofters) Houghton Margaret River, Australia $16.99 This Aussie chardonnay is delicate and elegant. Lemon yellow with medium-light intensity. The nose shows aromas of citrus, ripe apple, vanilla and butter. Well balanced. The oak is well integrated with the fruit followed by a medium-plus finish. This is a good value wine.   2013 Cabernet…

Wednesday Wine Reviews by Sam Hauck

  2012 Serious Syrah Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $22.99 This is Pacific Breeze’s first foray into Syrah. The grapes were sourced from Washington and California. Garnet red with medium-deep intensity. Black pepper, blackberries, earthy, sweet spice and vanilla notes on the nose. Very well balanced. The flavours follow the nose. The finish is medium-long…

Ten Wines from the Veneto

  Over the holidays I was lucky enough to be invited to taste some Italian wines, not currently available in BC. Mireille Sauvé, of The Wine Umbrella, hosted the event where we sampled ten wines all from the Veneto region in northern Italy.   We were greeted with an impressive Prosecco and after a bit…

2017 BC Sommelier of the Year

  My wine background began as a home winemaker, some thirty odd years ago. Years later I trained to be a judge and eventually became the guild master for the BC Guild of Wine Judges. After retiring from teaching, I’ve devoted my time to writing and educating about wine, primarily with My Van City. Sometimes…

Find Your Niche

Niche Winery One of the ‘small guys’, or garagistes, Niche Winery is a small family run operation set well off the main highway in West Kelowna. Opened in 2011 by James and Joanna Schlosser, they indeed have ‘found their Niche’. This small ten-acre, ‘Hugh and Mary’ vineyard, owned by James’ parents, Kathleen and Jerry Schlosser,…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards receives Canada’s Safest Employers Award 2016

  Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in promoting workers’ health & safety Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that it has received Canada’s Safest Employers Award, 2016 in the Hospitality category. The award recognizes companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers. “We are truly honoured and…

Chardonnay from Around the World

Another evening with the tasting group. The tasting this evening featured eight Chardonnay wines from eight different countries. Quick, can you think of eight different countries that make Chardonnay? This was a blind tasting and all the wines were wrapped in brown paper bags. The group, for the most part, found all the wines to…

CheckMate Chardonnay

  In late September I was fortunate to be invited to a tasting of the Mark Anthony portfolio held high above the city on the 24th floor of the Telus Gardens (more about that in another article). The best part of the afternoon for me was a guided tasting of CheckMate Chardonnay. These are exclusive…

Put Cowichan Wine Country in Your Calendar

  Blue Grouse Estate Winery hosts several dates of holiday cheer Blue Grouse Estate Winery is an easy, local, winter wine country getaway. Quickly becoming one of the most popular food and wine destinations in Western Canada, the Cowichan Valley is just 45 minutes from downtown Victoria. Normally closed during the winter months, by popular demand…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ CEO Sandra Oldfield named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

  Women’s Executive Network celebrates country’s Top 100 female role models   Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that CEO Sandra Oldfield has been named as a Top 100 award winner in the Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters category of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. The 2016 Top…